06 January 2009

It's Tuesday: Where Are You? (Jan. 6)


I'm in India. It's the early twentieth century, and my family is caught between the comfort of colonial rule and the idea of Indian independence. In the last century, my father was head our village and even converted to Christianity. But my brother joined the rebels and was put in jail.

Me, I don't care about politics. I am a doctor, pharmacist, and businessman. I must take care of my mother, wife, children, and nieces and nephews. I am working to restore my family's fortune and good name and am currently building a grand house. I've started to hear rumors of a man named Gandhi who believes in something called passive resistance. I try to ignore the rebels, what does all this have to do with me?

--The House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar

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4 comments:

Jeanette 1/6/09, 10:11 AM  

I think you just made the book sound more interesting than the descriptions on Amazon. :-) Sounds like a good book.

Bogsider 1/6/09, 1:01 PM  

I am in the northern parts of Denmark, by the Limfjorden-fjord, around 1925 with a bunch of poor fishermen and their families. I am reading "The Fishermen" by Hans Kirk. It is a Danish classic written in 1928 and I've read it before. It is a work written in the social-realism style and I am reading it as part of my Casual Classics Challenge. It is very good and part of a trilogy by Hans Kirk, all three books centered around workers, socialism, religion and the first part of the past century in that little corner of the world.

Hans Kirk was a communist and a marxist (which I am not) but his works has a somewhat neutral voice, although the reader can find his sympathies between the lines.

It is such a cool classic and I know it has been translated to English, but I am not sure I will recommend it, unless the reader has a thing with old books written originally in Danish ;o) Or then again - the subjects it deals with are still going strong...

BookPsmith 1/6/09, 2:28 PM  

I agree with Jeanette. I am definitely checking this book out.

I am sending you a Butterfly award as a thank you for your blog.

http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com/2009/01/butterfly-award.html

Kim 1/6/09, 11:56 PM  

What an interesting sounding book. I am always amazed at all the books I have never heard of!
*smiles*
Kim

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