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A Beautiful Lie

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  542 ratings  ·  112 reviews
An extraordinarily rich debut novel, set in India in 1947 at the time of Partition. Although the backdrop is this key event in Indian history, the novel is even more far-reaching, touching on the importance of tolerance, love and family. The main character is Bilal, a boy determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition - news that he knows will break his ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Albert Whitman & Company (first published January 4th 2011)
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Michael
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a truly moving and unique debut novel. Told by a young boy Bilal who is seeing the India he has known his whole life about to be transformed with the partition of his country in 1947. Bilat is shocked to hear his father is dying and know's that if he was to discover about the change that was coming it would not only kill him but break his heart. With the help of his friends Bilat will try and make sure that his father never knows the truth.

A beautiful Lie has many themes with family love
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Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
I absolutely loved this book. I'd seen other book bloggers review A Beautiful Lie previously and everyone had lovely thing to say about it, but until I read it, I didn't fully understand. It's such a sweet and sad story, one that will stay with me for awhile.

Bilal is a young boy, living in India with his father. All around him, in his village and in all of India there has been trouble with the news of the upcoming Partition. I was only vaguely aware of what Partition was and what had happened be
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Anna
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: npl
"Everyone lies."
― Irfan Master, A Beautiful Lie

I am absolutely stunned by this story!

Bilal's father is dying as India is hurtling toward partition.
He co-opts his 3 friends -- Saleem, Chota and Manjeet -- to help him keep this terrible news from his father and to help him keep his secret from the other adults.


"The soul of India can't be decided by a few men gathered around a map clucking like chickens about who deserves the largest pile of feed. They can talk all they want -- until the end of ti
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Sinta Nisfuanna


"Sejak dulu saya pikir keberanian berarti punya nyali untuk berkata jujur. Saya pengecut, tapi tidak apa-apa. Saya tidak keberatan dianggap pengecut asalkan Bapuji bisa meninggal dalam damai." [Bilal - h. 270]

Dusta yang Indah. Seringkali kita mendengar istilah bohong putih atau white lies, bohong yang dilakukan demi kebaikan orang lain. Tapi, benarkah ada kebohongan yang dapat memberikan kebaikan? Hmmm... setiap orang berhak memberikan jawaban. Seperti halnya, Bilal yang memutuskan untuk terus
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Laura Krooswyk
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story about the days leading up to the partition in India.
Shandy Yeo
Bilal (13 tahun) harus menjalani masa kecilnya di masa pertikaian berlatar agama di India, pertikaian yang berujung pada pembentukan dan pisahnya Pakistan dari India. Ayahnya sedang sekarat dan dia memutuskan untuk berdusta dengan bantuan teman-temannya dari berbagai agama, Saleem, Chota, dan Manjeet. Dusta itu adalah misinya dan dia harus mempertahankannya, walau nyawanya terancam di tanah pertumpahan darah umat beragama.

Karya ini patut dibaca para manusia yang mengaku beragama dan terbelenggu
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Denise
This was a wonderful book. The story is told by a young boy, Bilal, just prior to the Partition in India in 1947 when the country is in upheaval. Bilal's beloved father is dying from cancer, and Bilal makes the difficult decision to keep the news of the Partition from his father during his last days; hence the "beautiful lie." The writing is beautiful. I really loved it.
Mo Shake
Lots of description and emotion, worth a read.
Ashley
A beautiful story about a boy named Bilal and the lie he chooses to live with to protect his dying father from the partition of India. Set in June of 1947, India is about to gain independence from Britain and is on the brink of a divide between two religions - Hinduism and Muslim. This divide created the majority of Muslims to flock to a newly independent country, Pakistan, while people who practiced Hinduism stayed in India.

Bilal, his friends, and a few other important characters stick togethe
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Alicia
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
3.5/5 stars

A Beautiful Lie is written for a younger audience than I anticipated but I like the idea of this book for a middle grade reader. It's set in the days leading up to the Partition in India. I've always found India fascinating (the colors, the food!) but frankly aside from all the classic children books that use it as a backdrop, I know nothing about it. (I.E. Little Princess, Secret Garden).

In the waning days of Bilal's father's life, India is quickly unravelling. A muslim who grew up
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Ahmad Rofai
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bunga Mawar
Ini buku ketiga seputar kisah pemisahan India dan Pakistan yang saya baca. Entah sejak kapan hal2 tentang topik ini tak bisa mencegah saya untuk terus terpaku, meski peristiwanya telah lebih enam puluh tahun berlalu

Boleh juga pengalaman membaca kali ini terasa Kontekstual sekali, karena saat ini saya sedang menghadapi posisi untuk melakukan "dusta". Sebuah kondisi yang bisa disikapi dengan kepala tegak: "Tidak bersedia."

Habis perkara. Karena sebuah dusta tetap saja dusta. Seindah apa pun, seput
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Thomas
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful lie because the main character told the lie so well. It explains how sometimes a lie can be for the good of others but then again it can drastic effects. This is a great book even though it would not be my normal choice of books.
Darnia
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india, 2016
This book is beautiful yet poignant. It's a tear jerking. For some reasons I forgot that our character was still 13 years old. I'm losing words to described it....
Rose Gold Unicorn
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya, terjemahan
sukses bikin nangis!!!

jadi penasaran dengan karya irfan master yang lainnya.
twice_baked✌️
I almost gave this three stars because of the following.

- I really liked the fact that, in his letter (view spoiler), he doesn't know everything and what is going to happen. He asks Bilal to tell Rafeeq he loves him and has never forgotten him (view spoiler)
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Anthony Burt
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in post-war India, this incredibly warm and realistic middle-grade tale is about a young boy called Bilal. He lives in a small market town - at the time when sectarian violence is erupting between Muslims, Sikhs and Christians – and is nursing his sick father (or “Bapuji”) who is dying from cancer.

Irfan Master’s story is beautifully accessible, a real page-turner and addresses some of the really horrific realities of what people experienced during post-Colonial rule and the subsequent partit
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Sue Lyle
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set on the eve of the creation of India and Pakistan it tells the story of one Muslim boy and his friends and his beautiful lie. He doesn't want to tell his dying father that partition will take place and it will be bloody. As things move to the fateful day we experience the fear through his eyes. In the UK many primary schools do a topic on India in Year 6 and this would be an ideal novel. It would also make interesting reading for those studying the Second World War. Set in the same era, India ...more
David
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young adults book centred on India's pending 1947 split from Pakistan (co-incidentally the similarly themed movie Viceroy House has just opened). Worth reading for those of us interested in the subcontinent.
Gopiga Jothiraj
Last few chapters are worth reading.
Walter W
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Una lettura molto piacevole, il libro ha poche pagine e lo si legge velocemente.
Alcuni personaggi sono molto intriganti, peccato vengano descritti solo superficialmente.
Kayla Faynor
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review is on, "A Beautiful Lie" by Irfan Master which is based off of the partition in India in the mid 1940's. In the story the main character is a 12 year old boy, Bilal, who really is a caring, outgoing, and friendly kind of person, but he was also a liar. There was a part in the story where he was telling people that his dad had something that could spread so no one could visit him (page 75). He always cared for his father and was always worried about him even when his father was feeling ...more
Stephanie
A Beautiful Lie is set in India at the time of the partition in 1947 and centres around the life and problems of a young Bilal who is witnessing his Father's beloved India and everything that it stands for fall apart before him. He is determined to protect his ill father from finding out the truth about what is happening in the outside world whatever the cost for he knows that it would break his heart. Helped by the best friends he has grown up with, it seems as though everything will go as plan ...more
Erin Forson
Is it ever acceptable to tell a lie?

Ask that question in a crowded room and you’d fracture the crowd into multiple camps of opinion, but ask that same question of Bilal’s best friends, and they would all agree—sometimes a lie is the right thing to protect the one you love. Thirteen-year-old Bilal isn’t so sure, but he’s sworn to control his own destiny. His father is dying of cancer, and it’s 1947. The India they have always known is about to split down the middle along religious and political
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Liz
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-blog
In A Beautiful Life Bilal tells the story of his small market town in India in the early summer of 1947. Bilal's father is dying. Bilal's father loves India. He loves all of India, and all the people of India; Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus alike. Bilal knows that India is about to be partitioned into three separate countries: East and West Pakistan for the Muslims and what's left of India for the Hindus. He's concerned that knowledge of the Partition will break his father's heart and he doesn't want hi ...more
Annisa
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is going to be one of my favorites.

Setelah lama vakum membaca, saya berkali-kali coba membeli novel dan banyak sekali yang tidak saya tamatkan. Saya mulai bertanya-tanya apa kemampuan membaca saya yang menurun atau buku yang saya beli yang bertele-tele? Akhirnya A Beautiful Lie berhasil membuktikan bahwa saya masih betah membaca jika ceritanya memang menarik.

Kisah ini mengambil sudut pandang seorang bocah bernama Bilal dan mengenai isu pembagian India berdasarkan agama. Menurut
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carrietracy
Are you the type who leafs past the prologue, eager to get on with the story? Don’t do it! Read the first line, only the first line and you will feel compelled to continue. You don’t even need to worry about coming up with a book talk if you want to convince readers to grab this one. Just read the prologue aloud. It is nearly impossible to resist.

Bilal’s father is dying and he must shoulder this burden alone. His mother is already gone and his older brother is never home, preferring to spend his
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Bookworm1858
4.5/5

I was first captured by the title; given my stance against lying, what could be beautiful? Then I was sold once I found out it was set in India-that was literally all I needed to know to request. Upon opening the book up, I discovered that it was set in 1947 with rising tensions as India is partitioned into India and Pakistan, with most people choosing their ultimate location based on religion (Hinduism and Islam respectively), such tensions continuing into today.

I really don't know much ab
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Irfan Master is project manager of Reading the Game at the National Literacy Trust. His family is from Gujarat, India, where his debut novel is set. He lives in England.
“If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes real. Then the lie no longer exists and all you're left with is your version of the truth.” 6 likes
“Remember that you told me that a monsoon doesn't discriminate? Rich or poor, kind or cruel, we are all equal in the monsoon. And yet we carry on as normal! We go to school, market stalls open and close, we play cricket, we laugh. Meanwhile, the monsoon gathers. We are all liars, Ma. We are all great deceivers. I am a liar but I'm not the only one.” 2 likes
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