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Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
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Sep 29, 2011

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As I was reading Aravind Adiga's Between the Assassinations I couldn't help but think that if this book had been written in the first person it would be very similar to Sapphire's work. It had that same kind of poverty fatalism. This is a book made up of characters attempting to better their life, their station (their caste, perhaps) and often failing. At the same time, it presents the town of Kittur as a character - the book is written in the style of a guide book - a passive character who quietly oversees the fates of all these people. Overall, I definitely enjoyed it, but, at times, I found myself drifting off the page, my mind wandering to other ideas. I think the fatalism can be overwhelming. What could any of these people do to improve their lives? Often there was a fairytale feel that simplified things and presented maybe one major personality flaw that could be blamed for everything, but even still you get the sense that the expansive reality of these lives must encounter a hundred such obstacles so that even if one could be overcome many more could not. There's a great line where one of the characters says something along the lines of "the difference between the rich and the poor is that the rich can afford to make mistakes." That, in a nutshell, explains the book.

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message 1: by Brian (new)

Brian like your review. can't decide if it makes me want to read or not. can't remember what you answered when i asked if you'd read White Tiger...cause I liked that a lot though many others didn't....

message 2: by Dan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dan thanks. i didn't read White Tiger. this was my first. i might give it a shot, though, but it's certainly not screaming to the top of my list.

Julie I think it is hard to compare the two, as one is a fully realized novel (almost in the style of detective fiction) and the other small shards from a broken vase..."White Tiger" certainly is a more enjoyable read but I'm not sure that makes it "better."

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