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The Death of Vishnu Her skin is silver in the light floating in from outside, smooth and glistening like the surface of a freshly caught pomfret An apartment building in the metropolis of Bombay on a random day The handyman Vishnu, who lives in the stairway, lies unconscious, perhaps dying, on the landing Is Vishnu an incarnation of the eponymous god that maintains the universe Although the residents each try to live on their own island, Vishnu unintentionally brings them together The dreams, memories, visiHer skin is silver in the light floating in from outside, smooth and glistening like the surface of a freshly caught pomfret An apartment building in the metropolis of Bombay on a random day The handyman Vishnu, who lives in the stairway, lies unconscious, perhaps dying, on the landing Is Vishnu an incarnation of the eponymous god that maintains the universe Although the residents each try to live on their own island, Vishnu unintentionally brings them together The dreams, memories, visions and stories of Vishnu and the other residents are artfully intertwined In an sensuous atmosphere of sweet, juicy mango s, Bollywood films and cumin smelling mouths, Suri paints love, lust, death and envy in the exuberant smells and colours of IndiaIn het licht dat van buiten binnendrijft, is haar huid als zilver, zacht en glanzend als een pas gevangen braamvis Een appartementsgebouw in de miljoenenstad Bombay op een willekeurige dag De klusjesman Vishnu, die in het trappenhuis woont, ligt bewusteloos, misschien wel stervende, op de overloop Is Vishnu een incarnatie van de gelijknamige god die het universum in stand houdt Hoewel de bewoners elk op hun eigen eilandje trachten te leven, brengt Vishnu hen ongewild bij elkaar De dromen, herinneringen, visioenen en verhalen van Vishnu en de andere bewoners lopen kunstig door elkaar In een sfeer van zoete, sappige mango s, Bollywoodfilms en naar komijn en uien ruikende monden, schildert Suri liefde, lust, dood en afgunst in de exuberante geuren en kleuren van India an absurd indian soap operaI wasenthralled by the writing which was witty and interesting and at times beautiful prose than the plot But the book was funny and sad and thought provoking at the same time I m glad I read it I think had Suri developed his charactersfully and perhaps made fewer of them the center of attention for so long I would have beenengaged Instead, we are supposed to care about the lives of 8 people in 250 pages Too much I wouldn t necessarily an absurd indian soap operaI wasenthralled by the writing which was witty and interesting and at times beautiful prose than the plot But the book was funny and sad and thought provoking at the same time I m glad I read it I think had Suri developed his charactersfully and perhaps made fewer of them the center of attention for so long I would have beenengaged Instead, we are supposed to care about the lives of 8 people in 250 pages Too much I wouldn t necessarily recommend it but I am interested enough to check out his other novel Well I read this book a few years ago, front to back, without really reading the blurb about the author Loved the book, and when I finally read the blog.to my surprise, I saw that it was DR.SURI Dr Suri was my Calculus 2 Professor in college, no joke He teaches math at University of Maryland Balti County, where I went His class was totally hard, and my friends and I had to fight to stay on top of things.But, I must say, his book was excellent After I found out he was the author, Well I read this book a few years ago, front to back, without really reading the blurb about the author Loved the book, and when I finally read the blog.to my surprise, I saw that it was DR.SURI Dr Suri was my Calculus 2 Professor in college, no joke He teaches math at University of Maryland Balti County, where I went His class was totally hard, and my friends and I had to fight to stay on top of things.But, I must say, his book was excellent After I found out he was the author, I emailed him He wrote back, thanking me for reading the book, and telling me that yes, he did vaguely remember me from class My rating 3 5Wanted to read this since 2008 because of a friend s strong recommendation She read it in our college library, which consisted mostly of religious texts and academics and discouraged other forms of fiction This book somehow landed in the library because of its misleading title Its not based on Indian Gods or mythology, only brushes upon them.An alcoholic named Vishnu lays dying on the staircase of a middle class Mumbai apartment, causing all the mumbo jumbo and hoopla s in t My rating 3 5Wanted to read this since 2008 because of a friend s strong recommendation She read it in our college library, which consisted mostly of religious texts and academics and discouraged other forms of fiction This book somehow landed in the library because of its misleading title Its not based on Indian Gods or mythology, only brushes upon them.An alcoholic named Vishnu lays dying on the staircase of a middle class Mumbai apartment, causing all the mumbo jumbo and hoopla s in the lives of residents The kitty party preparations and bickering in the beginning made me laugh out heartily.The dramatic situations on one hand are funny, on the other hand lets us peek under the pretentious lives they lead, each family at a time with focused flashbacks.Detailed descriptions were a treat to readwhen she crushed that first gol gappa in her mouth, felt the crisp papdi shards and the soft yielding chickpeas between her teeth, tasted the sweet and fiery chutneys on her tongue, closed her eyes as the gush of tamarind water exploded down her throat I was forced to take a reading break and hunt for golgappas With such a promising build up, I was very disappointed with the latter part, delving too much into the surreal supernatural perception or hallucinations A decent debut effortrocks for recently making it such an affordable read INR 7.59 Glad to have read this Thanks for the recommendation There is much to admire about this novel the writing is lyrical but clean, the characters lovable, human, flawed, maddening, the construction of the book flows like a spiral staircase leaving you slightly dizzy but thrilled What keeps me from loving this book are these very elements there are so many characters and plotlines that I was left wanting Vishnu s slow death that was entwined with Hindu mythology was lost on me I didn t have a sense of place, of Bombay I felt that the women in t There is much to admire about this novel the writing is lyrical but clean, the characters lovable, human, flawed, maddening, the construction of the book flows like a spiral staircase leaving you slightly dizzy but thrilled What keeps me from loving this book are these very elements there are so many characters and plotlines that I was left wanting Vishnu s slow death that was entwined with Hindu mythology was lost on me I didn t have a sense of place, of Bombay I felt that the women in the story were caricatures blowsy prostitutes, film gaga teens, shrewish wives and noble wallflowers while the men were farreal and sympathetic I could have read another novel about Vinod and Sheetal she certainly had a story that was left untold, about Mr Jalal s quest for enlightenment, about Mrs Asrani s and Mrs Pathak s feud that gave them both direction But overall a wonderful debut and I look forward to reading The Age of Shiva An impulse buy, but one which I am glad I have tried This is a fascinating tale of a group of neighbours in a Bombay sorry, Mumbai building It is a tale of bickering wives, demurring husbands, kitty parties, irani tea houses, paanwallas and cigarettewallas, and everything one needs to understand life at the bottom of the middle class in an Indian city The lives of the residents intertwine and range from comic 2 wives sharing one kitchen is bound to lead to bickering to tragic the undercu An impulse buy, but one which I am glad I have tried This is a fascinating tale of a group of neighbours in a Bombay sorry, Mumbai building It is a tale of bickering wives, demurring husbands, kitty parties, irani tea houses, paanwallas and cigarettewallas, and everything one needs to understand life at the bottom of the middle class in an Indian city The lives of the residents intertwine and range from comic 2 wives sharing one kitchen is bound to lead to bickering to tragic the undercurrent of Hindu Muslim tensions is ever present to divine a central theme of the novel is a beautiful visualisation of death and reincarnation.Each resident has a tale to tell, and although the premise of the stories was very much in the style of Rohinton Mistry Tales from Firosha Baag there wasintimacy with the characters from this author Well worth the read, especially as I got it onfor only 3 Euros I will be looking out forfrom yet another fantastic commonwealth author This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Vishnu lives on the landing between two flights of stairs in a Bombay apartment building Suri paints a broad portrait here, with many characters, each with a story to tell Class is a major focus, building levels being indications, and there is the sort of bickering that seems annoying and comic at the same time There was much in here about religion, how ones life takes odd turns, what is real, what is the proper path It was a rich book, My problem with it was most likely of my own making I Vishnu lives on the landing between two flights of stairs in a Bombay apartment building Suri paints a broad portrait here, with many characters, each with a story to tell Class is a major focus, building levels being indications, and there is the sort of bickering that seems annoying and comic at the same time There was much in here about religion, how ones life takes odd turns, what is real, what is the proper path It was a rich book, My problem with it was most likely of my own making I was very tired when I was reading the first few times I sat down with it, and I think that tainted it for me It expect it will be worth re reading some day I expect I will like itthen But I do recognize that there is a lot going on here The final bit in which Vishnu actually dies is precious, as is the mob scene in which a crazed Hindu group tries to lynch an innocent Muslim for an act he never committed Powerful stuff Manil Suri s comic prose and imaginative language transport readers to the petty squabbles and unrelenting conflicts of modern day India At the center of the narrative is the character of Vishnu, an aging alcoholic houseboy on the precipice of death, who lies, penniless, on the bottom step of a middle class Bombay apartment house While Vishnu appears to face his impending death placidly and philosophically, a maelstrom swirls around him The residents of the building include a reclusive widower mourning the untimely death of his young wife, a Moslem family coping with the daily prejudices of their Hindu neighbors, and two families who unhappily share a kitchen Worlds collide when the Moslem family s son elopes with the Hindu family s daughter, and Mr Jalal, the Moslem family patriarch, apparently flips his wig, recognizing Vishnu not as their dying houseboy but as the deity whose name he bears, with the power to save And when Mr Jalal is found sleeping on the stairs beside Vishnu, he becomes the scapegoat for the building s many ills In its frenetic and hilarious conclusion, The Death of Vishnu trumpets the arrival of an extremely gifted Indian writer, bringing to spectacular life the tempestuous chaos that is life in India today WinterSelection Description Manil Suri s comic prose and imaginative language transport readers to the petty squabbles and unrelenting conflicts of modern day India At the center of the narrative is the character of Vishnu, an aging alcoholic houseboy on the precipice of death, who lies, penniless, on the bottom step of a middle class Bombay apartment house While Vishnu appears to face his impending death placidly and philosophically, a maelstrom swirls around him The residents of the building include a rec Description Manil Suri s comic prose and imaginative language transport readers to the petty squabbles and unrelenting conflicts of modern day India At the center of the narrative is the character of Vishnu, an aging alcoholic houseboy on the precipice of death, who lies, penniless, on the bottom step of a middle class Bombay apartment house While Vishnu appears to face his impending death placidly and philosophically, a maelstrom swirls around him The residents of the building include a reclusive widower mourning the untimely death of his young wife, a Moslem family coping with the daily prejudices of their Hindu neighbors, and two families who unhappily share a kitchen Worlds collide when the Moslem family s son elopes with the Hindu family s daughter, and Mr Jalal, the Moslem family patriarch, apparently flips his wig, recognizing Vishnu not as their dying houseboy but as the deity whose name he bears, with the power to save And when Mr Jalal is found sleeping on the stairs beside Vishnu, he becomes the scapegoat for the building s many ills In its frenetic and hilarious conclusion, The Death of Vishnu trumpets the arrival of an extremely gifted Indian writer, bringing to spectacular life the tempestuous chaos that is life in India todayI am Vishnu striding among sun gods, the radiant sun among lights.I stand sustaining the entire world with a fragment of my being From Krishna s discourse to Arjun, Chapter Ten The Bhagavad Gita Translated by Barbara Stoler MillerOpening NOT WANTING TO arouse Vishnu in case he hadn t died yet, Mrs Asrani tiptoed down to the third step above the landing on which he lived, teakettle in hand Vishnu lay sprawled on the stone, his figure aligned with the curve of the stairs The laces of a pair of sneakers twined around the fingers of one hand the other lay outstretched, as if trying to pull his body up the next step During the night, Mrs Asrani noted with distress, Vishnu had not only thrown up, but also soiled himself She had warned her neighbor, Mrs Pathak, not to feed Vishnu when he was so sick, but did that woman ever listen The Death of Vishnu is not to be confused with that game of consequencies Yeats is Dead but black humour is a common factor I didn t love it I wanted to love it I d heard such good things about it this was an NPR find And with my recent trip to India it was so relevant They talked about places I d seen But alas, the story didn t hold me.The author tries to weave an intricate web of the lives of those who live in an apartment building where a man lays dying on the stairwell Each chapter contains vignettes into each of their lives, as well as into the subconscious of the dying Vishnu The story does provide an I didn t love it I wanted to love it I d heard such good things about it this was an NPR find And with my recent trip to India it was so relevant They talked about places I d seen But alas, the story didn t hold me.The author tries to weave an intricate web of the lives of those who live in an apartment building where a man lays dying on the stairwell Each chapter contains vignettes into each of their lives, as well as into the subconscious of the dying Vishnu The story does provide an interesting portrait of modern day India, filled with religious tension But some of the story lines especially those of Vishnu and an upstairs tenant, Vinod Taneja seem very disjointed from the rest of the story.It was an enjoyable read Suri peppers in lots of humor I wish there was a littleexplanation of some of the local Hindu Indian references I found myself Googling a lot I think I will read his next book The Age of Shiva

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