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Performance, Performativity, and Nomadism in Vikram Chandra's Red Earth and Pouring Rain Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru Within the world of contemporary. Be the first to download this book Red Earth And Pouring Rain By Vikram Chandra as well as allow read by surface. It is quite easy to review this book Red Earth. 𝗗𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗹𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝗖𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 on ResearchGate | Red earth and pouring rain / | Thesis (M.A.)--Johns Hopkins University, Vita.
He aspires to become what he is not—that is, an Englishman—and in that he forgets that his greatest strength is his nomadic capacity to transcend such identity boundaries. Curzon, , Instead they are huge, rambling, go off at tangents, and ultimately are, explained by something which happened in a previous life. This is also a novel about how stories are born and how stories sustain us. Both children and adults play cricket—another kind of performance—and they give similar importance to the game.
Red Earth And Pouring Rain takes its title from an ancient Tamil poem celebrating the dissolution of differences in the erotic act. The novel—for all its careful substructure of recurring themes and chiming incidents—honours confusion, and it is itself a triumphant demonstration of the creativity of a morass… [Vikram Chandra] belongs… in a tradition of storytellers stretching back in the east to Scheherazade, and in the west to the poets of the medieval romances, a tradition in which the mundane and the fabulous, the bawdy and the sublime are all allowed room.
Chandra is a worthy addition to that venerable line. His prose is elegant and various. His imagination is visionary. Verbally lithe, astute, marvellously vivid, it brings the Indian gods into compelling play with our soild strivings, where telling a story—hundreds of them—becomes its own life-preserving act. It is a knot made of everything—plants, guts, steel and silver filaments, hair, butter, cords: I pressed them together until they knew each other so intimately they forgot they were ever separate… it is a thing of profundity … an undecoded mystery.
This is a book that requires not a review but a dissertation, a doctorate, a deconstruction. Setting 18th- and 19th-century Mogul India against the open highways of contemporary America and fusing Indian myth, Hindu gods, magic and mundane reality, this intricate first novel is a magnificent epic that welds the exfoliating storytelling style of A Thousand and One Nights to modernist fictional technique… Chandra has built a powerful, moving saga that explores colonialism, death and suffering, ephemeral pleasure and the search for the meaning of life… This is an astonishing and brilliant debut.
The incredible power of his writing and imagination ensures that Red Earth and Pouring Rain rolls like a tidal wave from page to page… it is a truly great novel. But none of that advance expectation makes the actual impact of this tour de force any less powerful. As the novel stretches out, clashes and parallels between two narratives, and two cultures, resonate with a low, insistent hum… Red Earth and Pouring Rain encompasses dozens of tragedies, jostling alongside more dozens of love stories, battles, rivalries, comedies, partings and reconciliations.
That a patterned fabric eventually emerges from the tangled threads is no small achievement in its own right. His virtuosity is rare, sustained and dazzling.
Wonderfully told, with vividly atmospheric descriptions, appealing minor characters, and interesting insights into the history and culture of colonial India. The violence of these [colonial] encounters certainly testifies to the devastation wrought by imperial narratives. The waning days of the Moghul Empire burst enough with warring princelings, foreign adventurers, and anarchic lancers for Parasher to develop a veritable art of blood which continually stains the earth throughout the novel.
Contamination is the font of resistance.
Recorded on both passport and page, his voyage opens the road for his vibrant, confused, newborn characters. The reach and texture of his prose speaks the novel language that escapes his fictions: The novel becomes the history of India converted into the brilliant disorder of a kaleidoscope.
It is adroitly written, constantly interesting, lyrical, fantastic, brutal, and, at bottom, serious. Chandra can make a lightning bolt look like a Roman candle—but that bolt strikes. First novels are usually slight and autobiographical, content to meditate on minor themes and personal matters.
His novel takes on nothing less than the whole of the Indian sub-continent in a huge, twisty narrative bursting with colour, light and energy. A monkey—a sacred animal—lies dying.
To save its soul it must tell a story that will snag the imagination of the dusty crowd which chatters outside.
At a time when the nation states of central and Eastern Europe are fracturing into their ethnic and regional components, his exploration of what it means to remain attached to a particular family, class or country has never seemed more relevant.
Exile may be the attractive option for the educated world citizen, but belonging somewhere is perhaps the harder and more valuable option. Through these stories Chandra contrasts European and Indian philosophies, which in turn determine how stories are told.
At one point a British man complains that Indian stories are not linear, based in verifiable reality. Instead they are huge, rambling, go off at tangents, and ultimately are, explained by something which happened in a previous life. The characters are memorable and the language poetic. Listen, says our monkey storyteller repeatedly, just listen.
And you would do well to: Red Earth and Pouring Rain is an astonishing novel, and you will not read another like it.
The cliche is that if the British left nothing else in India, we bequeathed a legal system, a civil service and the railways. But what about the English language which Vikrarn Chandra has singing and crying, laughing and whispering in Red Earth and Pouring Rain?
Open, listen, admire and enjoy. It is rare to read a first novel and feel absolutely convinced that you have been lucky enough to discover a major new writer. Chandra has written a breathtakingly imaginative and epic book steeped in the Mahabharata tradition of Indian folklore… As a bookseller I have the pleasure of reading many books, but I can count on the fingers of one hand those that have truly excited me.
This is definitely one of them.
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Salman Rushdie. From Publishers Weekly Setting 18th- and 19th-century Mogul India against the open highways of contemporary America and fusing Indian myth, Hindu gods, magic and mundane reality, this intricate first novel is a magnificent epic that welds the exfoliating storytelling style of A Thousand and One Nights to modernist fictional technique.
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit.. I recommend this book for people who like Gabriel Garcia Marquez or if you like a nice adventure romp with lots of mysticism. A fun read that might take a little bit of time to gain traction, once it does the author takes you to many places, all of them fantastic.
This was a very enjoyable books that takes it's time to tell it's tale and get to the end just like the classics Mahabarata and Ramayana. If you can't stand digressions and stories within stories this book is not for you.
The author is very talented and has a tremendous vision. Hardcover Verified Purchase. This earlier novel is quite different from the later 'Sacred Games' by Vikram Chandra, but a truly satisfying enriching reading experience. No spoiler alerts, just pick it up and start - you won't be dissapointed. Verified Purchase. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The Indian - English repertoire is enriched by this complex collection of interlinked tales.
Read it and feel the rich sometimes tragic history of the country. It's a good book but the plot is quite complicated. I don't enjoy this kind of literature but I admit that it has literary value.
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