The Far Field
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by Brianna Goodman
When you work at BOTM, you read …. a lot of books. So many that at times I’m not even sure which ones I’ve got in my bag. So when I grabbed The Far Field as an in-case-I-run-out-of-things-to-read-this-weekend, it was a rare moment of serendipity; I had no idea I was packing a book so wonderful that it would become my favorite read of 2018.
The Far Field follows Shalini, a young, fairly well-off Indian woman, who travels to the politically fraught region of Kashmir i ...more
My first ARC for 2019 is Madhuri Vijay’s remarkable debut novel, The Far Field and I couldn’t be more thrilled: the writing completely swept me away, creating a vivid picture of the beauty of and the tragic and brutal conflicts in Kashmir and Kishtwar. It deals with social and political issu ...more
A couple of weeks ago, I started seeing this book everywhere - Instagram, Facebook, you name it... When I learnt it was set in India, I knew I had to read it.
The story follows a 24 year old Shalini, a privileged young woman from Bangalore, who, after her mother's death, decides to set off on a journey to find her mother's long lost friend from Kashmir. The narrative switches between the presence and Shalini's childhood memories of her eccentric mother. Finding a pleasure in mocking and ...more
The Far Field is the recollections of Shalini, a thirty year old privileged woman living in Bangalore who shares what happened to her when, as a twentysomething grieving the death of her mother, she decided to track down a traveling salesman from Kashmir who visited their home (and who her mother was fa ...more
Like Anuradha Roy’s recent novel, “All the Lives We Never Lived,” “The Far Field” is about the search for a missing mother in India, though it takes a wholly ...more
The Far Field is a fictitious story of a girl who goes searching for answers to the questions she has about the enigmatic life of her mother but ends up becoming deeply embroiled in the political turmoil of Kashmir.
Madhuri Vijay's prose is hauntingly beautiful. It took me quite a few pages to realize that the book was not actually a work of fiction because the characters seem so real straight off the bat. Th ...more
The book is narrated by a young woman named Shalini. Throughout the novel Shalini is dealing with the grief of losing her mother. While working through her grief, she decides to seek out an old friend of her moth ...more
I loved the writing and the themes of this book. I appreciated the focus on how privilege can hurt you and those around you, and how strong Shalini’s mother’s presence was throughout ...more
Set in Bangalore and then Kashmir, we follow Shalini as she seeks a man from her mother's past. Early in the book, we learn that her mother (an erratic, troubled, difficult woman) has died.
Shalini wants to find Bashir Ahmed, a Kashmiri clothing merchant who had visited her mother and developed a fri ...more
I appreciated the themes of this story- chiefly, coming of age, grappling to understand a complicated parent, and the struggle for crosscultural understanding. Shalini is a very flawed protagonist and her (understandable) mistakes ...more
Shalini, goes through life not accepting responsibility for her actions, (the reader is even led to accept that the blame for her going t ...more
I found it hard to sympathize with Shalini, who in addition to being extremely (at times unbelievably) naive is also selfish and immature. There is little character gro ...more
I will first say the writing is beautiful. I was drawn in immediately and never felt like I was slogging through the book--I wanted to stay in the mountains of Kashmir forever.
But. Shalini is the least interesting character in the book, and mostly seems like a vehicle for this story to be told. Overall I enjoyed reading this book, but the ending was unsatisfying and sad (are we supposed to congratulate her for moving on from the ...more
This is a relatively long book, yet it didn’t feel like it.
I truly appreciate, regardless of the fact I’ve nothing to reference in terms of personal experience, the exploration into India this novel provides- it definitely made me more aware of my citizenship in terms of global rather than nationa ...more
There are too many discussions to be had surrounding this book..the loss ...more