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Between the Assassinations (2008 original; edició 2009)

de Aravind Adiga

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In this short story collection set in the Indian city of Kittur sometime between the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and that of her son Rajiv in 1991, Adiga creates a cast of characters--from a twelve-year old boy to a Marxist-Maoist Party member--who are immersed in class struggles and their own personal denouements.… (més)
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Títol:Between the Assassinations
Autors:Aravind Adiga
Informació:Atlantic Books (2009), Edition: First UK edition, Unknown Binding
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Between the Assassinations de Aravind Adiga (2008)

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It did not seem that this was a collection of stories, not a single novel, when I bought this book. The book contains, in the form of short stories, glimpses of the lives, predominantly sad, of ordinary citizens living in an ordinary south indian coastal town, in the seven-year period between the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi. The best thing about this book is the way Adiga paints the town and the people and everything else; the reader can actually see, smell and feel the life in the town of Kittur. Apart from that, most of the stories do not have any fixed conclusions, the reader is left to make his own. The stories are disturbing in their showcase of poverty, exploitation and corruption. In all, it is a painful set of stories, made readable by the author's skill in bringing the town to life through written words. ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
After writing two of my favorite books, Aravind Adiga can do no wrong. "The White Tiger" was brilliant and "Last Man in Tower" was the most boiling, intense book I have ever read.

"Between the Assassinations" is a collection of short stories about Kittur, a fictitious Indian city that was once a Portuguese colony. The city is a multicultural and religious mix, beset by typical problems in India: namely religious violence, poverty, and caste prejudice.

The stories' protagonists are mostly men. They are porters, handymen, school boys, and bootleggers. We meet a few people, such as a schoolteacher who lives in the middle class and a rich housewife, but for the most part the characters are poor.

I read a review that said these stories were precursors to "The White Tiger." They certainly seem that way. Kittur seems like one of the intermediate cities that Balram, main character in "The White Tiger," goes to on his rise to power.

My qualms with some of these stories is that they can be a little pointless. Although they provide some valuable cultural information, they are not as tense, prescient, or powerful as Adiga's other works. The book is presented as a travel guide to Kittur. Each story is preceded by a vignette describing an attraction or place in the city. That presentation is very tacked-on because the vignettes have little to do with the stories.

Nevertheless, everything in this book is well-written. It certainly kept me reading and I look forward to reading more from Adiga. ( )
  mvblair | Jan 3, 2021 |
"Let animals live like animals; let humans live like humans."

'Between the Assassinations' is a collection of 14 short stories set in the fictional coastal town of Kittur in India and take place over a period of seven days. The title refers to the period between the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv in 1984 and 1991 respectively but I am fairly sure would still be relevant today, as one of the characters says, "nothing ever changes. Nothing will ever change."

Each story is preceded by a short tourist guide depiction of a section of the fictional town. The blandness of these short sections provide an interesting relief from the main stories which look at the urban underbelly of India and feature characters from a wide social and economic spectrum ranging from upper-caste bankers and an idealist capitalist sweatshop owner, Christian headmasters to lower-caste rickshaw pullers and Muslim tea boys. Each character and each echelon of Indian society are given a human face.

Social injustice and poverty is central to each story as Adiga maps his character's aspirations and anxieties. Each have deeply felt longings but ultimately must accept that life will not change.

I enjoyed Adiga's writing style and these vignettes of Indian urban life are interesting if not particularly surprising. Generally I felt that the individual chapters worked well as a collection but as individual stories they are a mixed bag. Some I really enjoyed whilst I felt others were not of the same standard. Overall I found this an interesting if unspectacular read. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Oct 8, 2018 |
Between the Assassinations is a series of connected short stories that take place over the course of one week in Kittur, India. The stories focus mainly on the poor of Kittur, their perceptions of the caste system and how they survive their lot in life. Some face it with hatred and revenge, as does Shankara in "Day Two (Afternoon): St. Alfonso's Boys' High School and Junior College" (49). Some recognize family and the act of sticking together as being the only option like Keshava and Vittal in the beginning of ""Day Two (Evening: Market and Maidan" (p 107). Others are constantly scheming like George in "Day Five ( Evening): The Cathedral of Our Lady of Valencia" ( p 243). Be forewarned, most of the stories are desperate and all leave a chill in the air. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Dec 26, 2017 |
Unrelenting poverty and corruption. None of the stories have a happy ending. Things go right for one character and he blows it. Depressing. though it was funny that the one woman thought if she lived a bad enough life she would come back as a Christian. ( )
  nx74defiant | Dec 23, 2016 |
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In this short story collection set in the Indian city of Kittur sometime between the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and that of her son Rajiv in 1991, Adiga creates a cast of characters--from a twelve-year old boy to a Marxist-Maoist Party member--who are immersed in class struggles and their own personal denouements.

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