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The Black Dwarves of the Good Little Bay

4.86  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  9 reviews
There is a city on the western shores of India where it no longer rains . . .

The sea has invaded its boundaries and its inhabitants reside in a towering structure called the Bombadrome, which hovers above the barren land. Theirs is an artificially equated society; they lead technologically directed lives; they have no memory of the past. They don't remember that this place
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Paperback, 1st, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Hachette India
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Chitra Ahanthem
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The blurb did not give much of a notice that this debut book would be an insightful look at the dystopia that the country is living in. Most will assume from the blurb that the dystopia world being described is the fall out of an ecological track but the narrative and the plot remains firmly political in nature.

The book is set in 2041 and the place by the sea is populated by people who live isolated but peaceful lives with no remembrance of past histories of strife and differences, their thought
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Moumita Roy
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The black dwarves of good little bay Varun Thomas Mathew
About the book

The book is about how IAS officer CG has seen the change of everything has in Bombay and he has tried to note it all with his speaking-writing gadget .

CG is one of the thousands of Civil service aspirants who cleared the exam and got selected after three tries . His first posting was in urban Bombay . Through CG we get a vivid picture of Bombay's political scenario . And The Case of "Black dwarves" is also disclosed . So,The 
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Nikita Garg
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I am a big fan of the dystopian theme be it while watching Black Mirror or reading Animal Farm and The Black Dwarves of the Good Little Bay by Varun Thomas Mathew is my first ever Indian dystopian. When I first got the book I had no clue that this one would get me hooked from the very first page.
A riverting take on the future of Bombadrome erstwhile Bombay/Mumbai, the book is borderline magical realism and marries the theme of technological advancement with anti-utopian society. A society reside
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Sayantoni Das
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of all the books that fascinated me, I think this is the one that made me brood over a little longer. The Black Dwarves Of The Good Little Bay is an epic dystopia set in India, Bombay to be exact. Things are not the same anymore with people living high above and the sea has eaten off the shore. There is no rain anymore and only one man is doomed with the memories of the past. The mistakes, failures, wrongs and mishaps, everything is embedded into his mind and he is armed with the task of remindi ...more
Deepak
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is supremely relevant and is exceedingly good for a debut book. Despite my aversion to anything tinged by science fiction, the story weaves together the past and the future while giving the reader a warning about the perils of our present reality. The story and the setting (Bombay) on its own are compelling but I would recommend it to anyone who has more than a passing interest in how our democracy functions and what the idea of India truly is. Looking forward to more books from this a ...more
Sahil Pradhan
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
India’s last civil servant recollects the bitter fruits of the past in this speculative novel. Varun Thomas Mathew’s ‘The Black Dwarves Of The Good Little Bay’ is a dystopia about present-day India set in a future where no one has a memory. Almost no one.
Bombadrome is a towering structure that floats above a barren land that was once known as Bombay. Its citizens have no recollection of how the once flourishing city became a relic of the past. Unbeknownst to them, one man remembers and after hav
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Teesta
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I pick this up at the airport, a bit skeptical, and TBH i was not expecting the book to be wildly gripping. However, the first page seemed promising so I ended up buying it.

Quite surprisingly, I got through the book relatively fast and enjoyed reading it. The romantic reminiscing of a flawed society and city (which I am always guilty of), and contrasted with a strangely egalitarian society; and the overarching feeling of a sense of loss was something that spoke to me personally. The parts that I
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Kshitij Adsule
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amongst one of the best dystopian novels out there, has uncanny political resemblance to many characters and events in India/Mumbai; combined with some beautiful writing that won't let you put it down for any moment.
priyas
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
gripping and excellent writing- interesting indian voice
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