The Lives of Others (Hardback)
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The Lives of Others (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 22/05/2014
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This book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. It was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. 'Ma, I feel exhausted with consuming, with taking and grabbing and using. I am so bloated that I feel I cannot breathe any more. I am leaving to find some air, some place where I shall be able to purge myself, push back against the life given me and make my own. I feel I live in a borrowed house. It's time to find my own...Forgive me...'. Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note...The ageing patriarch and matriarch of his family, the Ghoshes, preside over their large household, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting. More than poisonous rivalries among sisters-in-law, destructive secrets, and the implosion of the family business, this is a family unravelling as the society around it fractures. For this is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change: the chasm between the generations, and between those who have and those who have not, has never been wider. Ambitious, rich and compassionate The Lives of Others anatomises the soul of a nation as it unfolds a family history. A novel about many things, including the limits of empathy and the nature of political action, it asks: how do we imagine our place amongst others in the world? Can that be reimagined? And at what cost? This is a novel of unflinching power and emotional force.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780701186296

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This is an epic tale. It acheives everything it sets out to acheive. The ending is definitely one of the most shocking, disturbing and tragic I have read in a long time. Had 'The Narrow Road To The Deep... More

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“Hard going”

Found this hard going, after several chapters I did not feel the story had gained sufficient pace to inspire reading on.

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