Between the Assassinations
Welcome to Kittur, India. It's on India's southwestern coast, bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Kaliamma River to the south and east. It's blessed with rich soil and scenic beauty, and it's been around for centuries. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any...more
Brilliant book, makes small town Southern India come alive in a fashion that hasn't been seen in 'Indian literature in English' for a long time.
I'm using my words carefully here, there are several brilliant portrayals of Small town India in regional writing in India in several languages - malayalam, tamil, kannada and so on. Several good ...more
Adiga can make you feel and smell and taste the poverty of India, through description and character, and it ain't pretty. But it's real. Or at least it feels real -- I've never been to India, so what do I know?
Heavy on bodily discharges of all sorts; and each
This book is angry like a furnace about caste, baksheesh, poverty and poshlost. It's set in the '80s but clearly, ...more
The format is annoying - it is neither a novel nor an anthology of stories -more a collection of episodes related by setting. The writing is inferior to White Tiger and only after reading did I find out that this was a rejected work that went unpublished until his Booker prize win.
Disjointed, episodic tale of an Indian town....some of the episodes are interesting others...particularly the last ...more
The novel does not have a linear plot, nor does it ...more
If you wanna read about the real India, this is the book to go to.
- Aravind Adiga
From a well praised author of the book The White Tiger, comes Between the Assassinations. At first glance, the book is luring, it seems to prompt secrecy and mysteries...but instead has a deeper theme - Corruption!
The stories in this book are set in Kittur, Karnataka(never heard of it before). I thought this book would be light and entertaining like Tamasha in Bandargaon(a delightful read) by Navneet Jagannathan but if truth be told, I put this book at ...more
And so Adiga takes us on a seven-day tour of Kittur, unearthing its myriad denizens and their bizarre situations: from low castes to Brahmins, violent ...more
Mr. Aravind is a talented storyteller and creator of memorable characters, and the narration by Mr. Nayyar ...more
#theguywiththebookreview presents Between The Assassinations by Aravind Adiga.
The first book I read by Adiga was the very much critically acclaimed and Man Booker Prize Winner, The White Tiger.
Surprisingly this book was actually written by Adiga before that one but published later.
Between The Assassinations is a collection of short stories based in Kittur, ...more
This book is all about an imaginary town by the name Kittur nestled on the coast, South of Goa and North of ...more
The book is a collection of short stories centred around the Indian town of Kittur. Each story is about a different character, which initially creates a sense of disconnection; however as you read on you realise that the town ...more
The stories come off the page appearing before your eyes as if you were witnessing ...more
This is Adiga's second book. And while his first won the prestigious Man Booker prize, I think reviewers did not really serve it well. I mean, White Tiger, and Between the Assassinations, both are rooted in the history and sociology of contemporary India--and this rootedness is important--too often White Tiger was reduced to just a report on Indian current affairs. Even when reviewers noted the literary elements, ...more
Gandhi, in 1991. Mrs. Ghandi was assassinated by her Sikh
body guards; 7 years later her son Rajiv was assassinated by
Tamil separatist rebels. Mrs. Ghandi's second son, Sanjay,
avoided political death, dying in an aviation accident in 1980.
The family tragedy had nearly Shakespearean proportions.
Kittur, the imaginary city where the action of BETWEEN THE ASSASSINATIONS takes place, is in ...more
Not really short stories, more like episodes in the lives of residents of Kittur (fictional Indian town). I loved Adiga's previous novel "The White Tiger", and I wanted more. This collection of characters and glimpses into lives was fascinating. It was an extended look into the "Darkness" ...more
A small Indian city of Kittur, and its range of characters, moving from one landmark to another dating between one Gandhi’s assassination to another. They ...more