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The City of Devi [Kindle Edition]

Manil Suri
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Armed only with a pomegranate, Sarita ventures into the empty streets of Mumbai, on the eve of its threatened nuclear annihilation. She is looking for her physicist husband Karun, who has been missing for over a fortnight. She is soon joined on her quest by Jaz - cocky, handsome, Muslim, gay, and in search of his own lover. Together they traverse the surreal landscape of a dystopia rife with absurdity, and are inexorably drawn to the patron goddess Devi ma, the supposed saviour of the city. Groundbreaking and multilayered, The City of Devi is a fearlessly provocative tale of three individuals balancing on the sharp edge of fate.

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The City of Devi is so exuberant and sexy, one may wish to purchase a prophylactic alongside it. When the world comes to an end, I will spend my last days in Mumbai clutching a copy of Manil Suri's dazzling epic. --Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan"

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A dystopia like no other, Manil Suri paints a vibrant portrait of an India on the brink of collapse, two figures travelling across the unknown in a world scarily close to the modern day

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1696 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but uneven 3 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read and enormously enjoyed Manil Suri's two previous books I was very much looking forward to The City Of Devi. But I was quite a bit disappointed. Although he still writes well and the story has sparks and moments of intense interest and "dark humour", I found the book every uneven and although I enjoyed the human interest of the story of the three main characters, I was bored and confused by the general setting of the"apocalyptic war and imminent nuclear menace hanging over Mumbai
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3.0 out of 5 stars X-rated futuristic Bollywood 10 Dec. 2014
There is little doubt that the Indian novel, written at home or abroad, is extremely vibrant. Few though have had the apocalyptic background of Manil Suri’s third novel published in 2013.

The novel, which might have had the subtitle ‘Story of a Pomegranate’, opens after a decade of global terrorism and warfare following the destruction of the World Trades Centre. India has been invaded by both China and Pakistan. Terrorists threatened and acted, and cyber-attacks disabled institutions, computer networks and mobile phones, leaving rumour to accentuate global panic.

The reader is introduced to the intercommunal religious and ethnic strife in Mumbai, City of Devi, through Sarita, a woman desperately searching for her physicist husband, Karun. Throughout the book, Suri’s descriptions of ruined landscapes, violent marauding groups and ecstatic crowds greeting their social and religious leaders are impressive.

Sarita provides her backstory and that of Karun, both inexperienced in relationships, and the author very sensitively describes their initial hesitancy and the gradual tenderness that grows between them. It is very clear to the reader, even if it was not stated in the publisher’s blurb, that there is a buried secret that affects their relationship. The book then explains this in detail, some might argue excessive detail, and gradually the various elements of the story are brought together for Sarita, Jaz - a young Muslim she has saved from being murdered by Hindu extremists – and Karun to escape from forces seeking to annihilate them.

Any one of these three elements, love story, religious and societal meltdown, and thriller would have made an interesting book but Suri seeks to integrate them and is let down by his ambition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 24 Mar. 2013
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This is a truly wonderful story by a master-storyteller. In brief it is about the pursuit of an academic by his wife and gay lover against the backdrop of a post-apocalypse Bombay. The story captures India beautifully from the manic sectarian hatred of the Hindu and Muslim hard-liners to the wonderful nuttiness of the cult of a living child Saint against the ruins of familiar Bombay landmarks ruined by a devastating Indo-Pak war. A truly wonderful book with superb characterisation especially the bitchy gay hero. Do not miss this jewel.
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