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A Burning: A novel de Megha Majumdar
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A Burning: A novel (edició 2021)

de Megha Majumdar (Autor)

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A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, and Jhumpa Lahiri, an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise--to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies--and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India. Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party, and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely--an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor--has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear. Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning has the force of an epic while being so masterfully compressed it can be read in a single sitting. Majumdar writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read here as the components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism. An extraordinary debut.… (més)
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Títol:A Burning: A novel
Autors:Megha Majumdar (Autor)
Informació:Vintage (2021), 304 pages
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This is a beautifully-written, heartbreaking debut novel. It takes place in India and is about Jivan, a young woman who comes from extreme poverty but hopes to live a middle class life. She leaves school after finishing tenth grade to work at a shop called Pantaloons. She is arrested by the government for what is construed as a terrorist act, but what was truly a momentarily poor choice she made innocently enough. We meet her struggling parents and her friend Lovely, an hijra (transsexual) she is tutoring in English. We also learn about PT Sir who had been her physical education teacher at school. The story follows the trajectory of Jivan, Lovely and PT Sir through time and the influences they have on each other.

This is the kind of book that, once again in my life, makes me hate politics, mostly for the damage it does to some individuals and for shining a light on how corrupt it can be. I like this story, however, for its characters, and the way the story is told in halting English dialect. I would gladly read more of this author’s work and thought she created a deeply sad, but wonderful first novel. I wish her success on her future career in writing. She is off to an excellent start. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Jun 13, 2022 |
This is a book with a lot to commend it, but also one I didn’t completely connect with. It tells the story of an election in India, through the inter-connected lives of three regular Indians - a young woman who finds her life turned upside down after she makes a post on Facebook critical of the government, an aspiring actress and a gym teacher.
It provides a fascinating view of life and politics in modern India, but I found that the story and characters failed to really grip me. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
I am continually drawn to books set in India. I think part of the appeal is the interplay of religion and politics amidst a stunning landscape. This book, which is set in Kolkata, doesn't have a beautiful landscape but the author describes the city minutely making me inhabit it in my mind. The book certainly does have drama based on political decisions.

A young Muslim girl, Jivan, witnessed an act of terrorism in which bombs exploded on a train causing a fire which killed everyone aboard because they couldn't escape (it was never clear to me why they couldn't escape). The next day Jivan posts on social media "If the police didn't help ordinary people like you and me, if the police watched them die, doesn't that mean the government is also a terrorist?" Her post goes viral and she comes to the attention of the security police. Witnesses saw Jivan at the train station carrying a large parcel. This combined with her online conversations with someone the police claim is a terrorist are enough to have her arrested for terrorism. Jivan says that the package she was carrying contained books for Lovely, a hijra she was teaching to read. (Hijras are cross-gendered who are accepted in Indian society as bringers of good luck.) Lovely is hoping to become a film star and has been taking acting lessons. Her teacher believes she is genuinely talented and encourages Lovely to go for auditions. Initially Lovely testifies on Jivan's behalf but as the possibility for acting roles materialize, roles which depend on her being politically correct, she changes her tune. The same thing happens to Jivan's former phys ed teacher, PT Sir. He used to give Jivan food at school and he didn't think she could be a terrorist. But his political ambitions with a party that stands for security causes him to refrain from helping her. So, in the end, Jivan is convicted of a crime she didn't commit and then executed. The fact that she is Muslim probably ignited the sentiment against her.

I thought this book could have used some more details about Jivan. She seemed like a straw figure almost and while I felt sorry for her, I didn't really get drawn into her fate. ( )
  gypsysmom | Mar 27, 2022 |
I moved swiftly through Majumdar's debut novel. A Burning. I cannot say I enjoyed it; the theme is too cynical and fatalistic. However, i did find it compelling. I was invested in Jivan from the beginning. But watching Ambition and Pride dance and march through the lives of those she believed in, only to trample the hope for justice became an emotional commitment.

I definitely recommend this book. the character depictions are well done, and the story is well-paced. ( )
  Brenda_Nix_Lively | Mar 20, 2022 |
pretty forgettable as the characters are two-dimensional. ( )
  banjo123 | Mar 8, 2022 |
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Megha Majumdar’s debut novel, A Burning, begins with a terrorist attack at a train station in Kolkata that claims over one hundred lives. Jivan, a Muslim teenager who lives in the nearby slums, happens to witness the attack, but when she makes a post on Facebook that is critical of the government response, she finds herself under arrest as a suspect. Majumdar deftly weaves several narrative threads together in a novel that is fast-paced enough to feel like a literary thriller, yet also turns a wise eye toward the complexities of life in contemporary India..... In her debut, she reveals herself to be keenly attuned to the injustices of life in contemporary Kolkata, especially when it comes to issues of class and gender...., A Burning is not just a novel about India, but also a mirror through which American readers might contemplate the failings of our own increasingly degraded political system...The novel ends on a dark note, a stark reminder that those who rise to power often do so at the expense of the poor and the powerless. In this way, A Burning is very much a novel for our times.
 
Megha Majumdar’s blistering debut novel, “A Burning,” unleashes her plight like a series of small explosions. As a Muslim woman living in poverty, Jivan must reckon with classism and Islamophobia, social media’s mob mentality, traditional media’s unquenchable thirst for clickbait and profit over “A Burning” is a penetrating exposé about how the possibilities of fame and fortune gradually erode one’s integrity. The book’s title may represent, on a literal level, the violent act in its opening pages, but it also evokes a dynamic metaphor for greed and the dark side of ambition. That Majumdar has chosen to illustrate this with Lovely and PT Sir, two seemingly well-meaning characters who hail from humble circumstances not too far from Jivan’s own, makes the book’s execution all the more unsparing.....What’s more, “A Burning” keenly illuminates the unfortunate reality that justice has limited reserves and a rigid expiration date. In a predicament that echoes Darwinism, someone must take the fall so that others may survive and thrive, regardless of innocence or guilt
 
In “A Burning,” the debut novel from novelist Megha Majumdar, lives intertwine in the wake of a terrorist attack at an Indian train station...
Told through the viewpoint of three interconnected characters, tells a thrilling story that addresses class struggles, gender inequality, religious tensions and more in society....While this is a story set in India, Majumdar has been thinking about the book’s parallels to life here in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the questions that “A Burning” poses.

“How do we achieve a life that’s meaningful for us when we are caught in a society that does not serve us, when we’re caught in institutions and systems that don’t work for us?” Majumdar asks.
 
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A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, and Jhumpa Lahiri, an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise--to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies--and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India. Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party, and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely--an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor--has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear. Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning has the force of an epic while being so masterfully compressed it can be read in a single sitting. Majumdar writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read here as the components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism. An extraordinary debut.

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