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The Resource The way things were : a novel, Aatish Taseer

The way things were : a novel, Aatish Taseer

Label
The way things were : a novel
Title
The way things were
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Aatish Taseer
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Skanda's father, Toby, has died, estranged from Toby's mother and from the India he loved. Skanda is tasked with fulfilling Toby's final wish and returning his ashes to his birthplace. It is a journey that takes him from Manhattan to Delhi, and deep into the story of his family: in particular, to a night three decades earlier, when an act of shocking violence forced his parents' fragile marriage apart. Set at flashpoints in 1975, 1984, 1992 and the present day, The Way Things Were shows how our most deeply personal stories are shaped by ancient history and volatile politics; how the life of a country and the life of an individual are irrevocably entwined. Spanning three generations, it is at once intimate and panoramic, with a thrilling ambition that places it alongside such masterpieces as A Suitable Boy and A Fine Balance
Summary
"An absorbing family saga set amid the commotion of the last forty years of Indian history The Way Things Were opens with the death of Toby, the Maharaja of Kalasuryaketu, a Sanskritist who has not set foot in India for two decades. Moving back and forth across three sections, between today's Delhi and the 1970s, '80s, and '90s in turn, the novel tells the story of a family held at the mercy of the times. A masterful interrogation of the relationships between past and present and among individual lives, events, and culture, Aatish Taseer's The Way Things Were takes its title from the Sanskrit word for history, itihasa, whose literal translation is "the way things indeed were." Told in prose that is at once intimate and panoramic, and threaded through with Sanskrit as central metaphor and chorus, this is a hugely ambitious and important book, alive to all the commotion of the last forty years but never losing its brilliant grasp on the current moment"--
Storyline
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Writing style
Character
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10435151
Cataloging source
DLC
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1980-
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Taseer, Aatish
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Families
  • India
  • India
  • India
Target audience
adult
Label
The way things were : a novel, Aatish Taseer
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000054277572
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
565 pages
Isbn
9781447272717
Label
The way things were : a novel, Aatish Taseer
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000054277572
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
565 pages
Isbn
9781447272717

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