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The Conch Bearer (Brotherhood of the Conch #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,672 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
In a dingy shack in the less-than-desirable Indian neighborhood he calls home, twelve-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, a headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and sur ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Aladdin (first published April 26th 2004)
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Maria Elmvang
Feb 14, 2009 Maria Elmvang rated it liked it
Well-written, but I couldn't help thinking something was missing. I never really started caring for the main characters, and the book never 'drew me in' properly - I never stopped being aware that it was a book. I can't put my finger on anything specific that Divakaruni did 'wrong', so I don't know why I lacked sympathy for the characters, but it did mean that while the plot was interesting, I finished the book more out of a sense of duty than anything else.
Rachel Brown
Aug 01, 2012 Rachel Brown rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, children-s, india
A children’s fantasy set in modern India.

12-year-old Anand’s Kolkata family was happily middle-class until his father disappeared, his sister went catatonic, and the family sank into poverty. Anand had to drop out of school and work for a mean tea-stall owner.

But when he gives his last food to an old man, he is pulled into the old man’s quest to return a magic talking conch to a legendary brotherhood of healers. Accompanied by the old man and a homeless girl, Anand goes on a very traditional que
Kana Haya
Anand was only a 12 years old boy when Abhaydatta came to his little home to ask him to be the conch bearer. Anand was amazed with the beauty of the magical conch shell so that he dare to accept the offer. Anand's mother didn't allowed him at first. but after she found out Meera, Anand's little sister who got ill for past two years, started to talked and laugh at the family, she allowed Anand go with heavyhearted.

Along with Nissa, a sweeper girl who insist to go with him, Anand and Abhaydatta t
May 29, 2011 Niko rated it really liked it
This book is like Lord of the Rings meets Lost Horizon - with traces of Slumdog Millionaire and Harry Potter through a lens of eastern mysticism. While the exotic setting and descriptions were enough to win me, the narration and storytelling are outstanding as well. There is a good balance of character development, action, and plot advancement.

A couple moments are predictable, almost cliché perhaps. But I feel that it is more than made up for in this unique youth novel. One repeating theme is th
"Kejujuran, kesetiaan dan welas asih. Ketiga kebajikan yang saling terkait - tidak ada yang bisa hadir tanpa yang lain. Kejujuran tanpa welas asih terlalu kasar untuk bisa menghasilkan yang baik. Welas asih tanpa kesetiaan tidak mempunyai kekuasaan, maka kau tidak bisa menghasilkan yang baik. Kesetiaan tanpa kejujuran bisa menyebabkan kau mengikuti orang yang salah, atau tujuan yang salah." jawaban yang diberikan Anand, bocah pembawa keong, saat dihadapkan pilihan untuk memilih satu dari tiga ke ...more
Rosanne Hawke
Aug 15, 2014 Rosanne Hawke rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, south-asian
A literary children's fantasy set in India, based on mythology with beautiful writing. Lots to think about. I can understand Anand's choices though they may not be popular. But isn't life like that?
This book was.... Words can not even describe for me.
I found it on a "Free Books" bookshelf at school. The cover intrigued me so I picked it up to read.

The basic plot: Young Anand who lives (I think) in India in squalor with his poor mother and mentally inhibited sister has a pretty terrible life. His longing for a life of magic and stories soon finds him swept away into an exciting and dramatic quest to restore and ancient power to its rightful resting place while avoiding the evil that stole
Nov 20, 2010 Tra-Kay rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrensbooks
At first I really enjoyed the setting and local flavor. I liked the protagonist, Anand, for his determination and kindness. Sure, the writing was nothing special, but who knew what might happen?

Unfortunately, what happens is a series of highly predictable, over-foreshadowed events. The reader is told of almost every event before it occurs. The dialogue is stilted. The prose is awkward and dull. Things happen that make little sense (Anand and Nisha are told to cross a river by "listening" to it,
Jigme Datse
Jun 20, 2016 Jigme Datse rated it really liked it
I read this relatively quickly. I can't remember if I picked it up shortly after borrowing the book. I would consider that this falls more in the "magical realism" category than in the "fantasy" category. The setting is somewhat ambiguous time wise. While the physical locations seem to be very clear, when it is set could be anywhere in the last 40 or so years. At least roughly speaking. I think if I knew more about those places, it would be easier.

It *appears* to be set modern day India. Though
Reasons I was worried about this book:

-The synopsis sounds like The Fellowship of the Ring. I haven't actually read that, and I barely remember the movie because I watched it during a period of seven-hour daily headaches, but yeah.

-The paperback cover kind of sucks, especially compared to the hardcover my friend was reading.

-In addition to making it sound like Frodo in India, the synopsis also makes the book sound like a dime a dozen.


-It's refreshing to see a middle grade fantasy that's not
Devi R. Ayu
Dec 16, 2009 Devi R. Ayu rated it liked it
sumpah..awalnya bete banget baca buku ini..habisnya pemeran utamanya adalah orang yang sangat peragu n kerap membuat kesalahan..setelah dipikir-pikir itu sangat manusia sekali.Menyuruh manusia untuk tidak cemas dan tidak berpikiran buruk malah sama sekali tidak manusiawi^^

Ide cerita keong ajaib ini tampak sebelas duabelas dengan buku lord of the ring...

Pesan yang bisa diambil, datang pada akhir cerita saat sang pemeran utama, Anand, disuruh memilih salah satu diantara 3 kebajikan. Apakah itu Kej
Jan 14, 2013 Resa rated it really liked it
The Conch Bearer begins with Anad, a poor boy, spending his days, time, and energy pouring tea for a nasty and cruel boss. The story is set in India. Anad’s fate was not always so dismal, for once he had a father who provided for his family, but his father left to make more money for his family in Dubai. At first the checks his father sent were enough to keep his small family, his mother and his mentally handicapped sister, afloat. But soon the checks stopped coming and word from his father ceas ...more
Clara Heintzelman
Oct 13, 2015 Clara Heintzelman rated it really liked it
I really liked "The Conch Bearer". I have noticed that this author likes to make the setting in her books India. I have read another book by her called "Neela: Victory Song", which also took place in India. I think the author is from India. I enjoyed that book and also enjoyed the book I just read, "The Conch Bearer".
This book ends at a point where it could be forever done, and not a single glance backwards. But I happen to know that this is the first of a trilogy. I cannot wait to read the r
Mar 24, 2009 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: 50books_poc, 2009
I was never quite as engaged with this as I wanted to be, and a lot of it felt predictable and familiar--sort of an Indian version of Harry Potter (or, I suppose, a hundred other quest stories), and definitely geared toward the younger end of the age range. All of the parts that grounded the story in India were my favorites--the truly mouthwatering descriptions of Indian food, and the whole sequence at the end, which felt the most different and original. And there are some lovely turns of phrase ...more
Despite the Indian origin (and major points for a fantasy written in a non-Western tradition), The Conch Bearer was kind of traditional, structure wise... basically, what you would expect of a high fantasy for a middle grade set. I was hoping it would surprise me.

The writing was good--especially the descriptions of food! It would be an interesting companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, though the characters are not as memorable. Nisha was actually kind of annoying for most of it, and I
Sinta Nisfuanna
Petualangan fantasinya sebenarnya tidak terlalu 'wah' jika dibandingkan novel-novel fantasi saat ini yang banyak sekali konflik. Novel fantasi ini sederhana tapi menurutku pesan moralnya yang bagus, terutama di bagian akhirnya.
S. Shinta
Feb 26, 2017 S. Shinta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sister of My Heart used to be my favorite out of Chitra Banerjee's books but now this series are too. It is a simple fantasy/adventure series of a young boy called Anand who lives in poverty and suddenly have the chance to enter a different life, as an assistant of an old man called Abhaydatta. He then also meet a magical conch with superpower and communicate with it--never before this things happened. So begin his journey that will change his life forever.

I think the "conch" thing is what make
Jul 08, 2017 Karlina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yah, namanya cerita anak-anak, isinya adalah dongeng dan petualangan. Tadinya saya berharap menemukan sesuatu yang lebih khas karena ditulis oleh penulis India, tapi meski menggunakan latar di India, secara garis besar ceritanya umum-umum saja.
Jul 22, 2017 Amy rated it liked it
This YA novel allows its earnest protagonist to have faults and be human, a refreshing change from other more folklore based quest novels.
Underwood Family
May 28, 2017 Underwood Family rated it liked it
We listened to the audiobook version of this while on a road trip. Listening to the Indian accents added to my enjoyment of the story. We are delighted there are more stories in this series to enjoy!
Tiang ZhangMing
Jan 20, 2017 Tiang ZhangMing rated it did not like it
Sep 15, 2009 Ririenz rated it liked it
THE CONCH BEARER ( Keong Ajaib )
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Penerjemah : Gita Yuliani K.
Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Terbitan : Jakarta, februari 2004
Tebal : 272 Halaman

Hal pertama yang aku suka dari novel ini adalah covernya, gambar gunung-gemunung, keong dan sepasang mata dengan dasar coklat. Menarik, tidak terlalu kanak-kanak dan sesuai dengan isi cerita. Novel ini sebenarnya juga tidak terlalu tebal, tetapi ukuran huruf yang digunakannya dalam penulisannya ( yang aku rasa ) disesuaikan de
Jan 31, 2017 Rinku rated it liked it
I loved this action packed book.
Mar 10, 2017 Steph rated it it was ok
I found this book to be somewhat like The Hobbit - but not nearly as well written or satisfying.
Judul : The Conch Bearer; Keong Ajaib
Nama anak laki-laki itu Anand, umurnya dua belas tahun. Ia hidup di Kolkata, India, bersama Ibu dan seorang adik perempuannya yang bernama Meera. Ayahnya bekerja di Dubai tetapi sudah beberapa bulan ia tidak mengirimkan kabar lagi kepada keluarganya. Sedangkan uang tabungan ibunya sedikit demi sedikit mulai habis digunakan untuk biaya pengobatan Meera, gadis kecil itu berubah menjadi pendiam dan sering ketakutan setelah suatu peristiwa mengerikan menimpanya.

Widiyanti Natalia
Hm... Ini novel fiksi fantasi India pertamaku. Covernya boleh juga lah, mengundang rasa penasaranku. Waktu lihat judulnya, Keong Ajaib—dan gambar yang mengilustrasikan keong itu—aku malah jadi ingat salah satu episode serial Spongebob. Apa mungkin ceritanya mirip seperti itu ya? Berbicara dan meminta petunjuk dari keong?

Segera setelah ibuku menyelesaikannya, aku langsung mulai membacanya. Ternyata gaya bahasanya tidak berbeda jauh dengan gaya bahasa novel-novel fiksi fantasi Inggris yang biasa k
Jun 27, 2011 Hendra rated it liked it
Novel fiksi fantasi ini dapat dikategorikan sebagai bacaan anak-anak/ remaja, dapat dilihat dari ukuran font yg digunakan juga pesan-pesan yang terselip di dalamnya. Membaca novel ini serasa membaca cerita Harry Potter digabungkan dengan cerita Lord of the Ring diringkas menjadi sebuah novel 272 halaman. Tokoh Surabhanu dapat dibilang mirip dengan karakter Voldemort di Harry Poter, kisah persaudaraan pembawa keong (Brotherhood of the Conch) ini juga jelas sangat mirip dengan persekutuan pembawa ...more
Plainsboro Public Library
This enticing novel is about a youthful boy named Anand who lives in a petite shack. This story takes place in India. Anand works at a coffee shop who is run by a cruel owner and lives with his mother and younger sister surviving on minimum wage. His father was last seen by the family when he was leaving to go to Delhi to work on an architectural project promising to send the paychecks back home. Anand's mother wrote numerous letters to him in which few were replied and over time all those lette ...more
Indri Juwono

Jika Tuhan telah
memberi kita sebuah kehidupan yang sempurna, maka tidak akan ada tujuan kita untuk (terus) hidup.

if God had gave us the perfect life, then there'll never be a question what we're living for.

Cerita tentang anak lelaki yang tiba-tiba menjadi pahlawan untuk menyelamatkan dunia dengan benda ajaib yang dibawanya sepertinya sangat biasa. Pertempuran melawan penjahat, dan berakhir dengan si penjahat mati karena serangan si anak. Sangat jelas pada tipe cerita seperti ini. Sehing
Catherine Siemann
Jun 03, 2009 Catherine Siemann rated it really liked it
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 ant ...more
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