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The Immigrant

The Immigrant [Kindle Edition]

Manju Kapur
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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`Hidden truths emerge in this subtle, beautifully observed portrait of ordinary lives.' --Woman and Home

`Intensely readable.' --Daily Mail

'Manju Kapur has a non-commonplace gift for writing about commonplace people.' --Guardian

'Kapur carefully unravels the story of this desperate, but moving marriage.' --Daily Telegraph

'I loved it.' --Mavis Cheek

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A poignant, intimate and compelling new novel about starting anew and leaving the familiar behind, from the author of Home, A Married Woman and Difficult Daughters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction (3 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad, sad book 22 Sep 2010
By Ralph Blumenau TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is actually the story not of one but of two immigrants from India, Nina and Ananda. But it is the vulnerable Nina with whom the author clearly sympathizes and with whom, I guess, she feels a sense of feminist sisterhood. Ananda has his own vulnerabilities and one has to feel sorry for him without ever liking him.

After the death of his parents, Ananda had gone to Halifax, Nova Scotia to work as a dentist. He had no intention of going back to live in India and wanted nothing more than to become a proper Canadian. We see the adjustments he had to make to life in Canada. He did quite well; but the one thing he did not seem to manage was to establish a relationship with a Canadian girl. Back in India, his sister was trying to find him a wife. A matchmaker put her in touch with Nina's mother.

Nina is an academic in Delhi, whose "spiritual home is Europe". She is beautiful but unmarried, living in straitened circumstances with her widowed mother who is desperately anxious for Nina to find a husband. Nina has so far resisted all her mother's attempts, but at thirty she is herself beginning to feel desperate also.

Ananda flies to Delhi to see Nina; and though each of them is irritated by the pressures exerted by his sister and by her mother, Ananda has no doubts, and Nina, whose feelings are much more complex, eventually accepts him. The events around the wedding are beautifully described: already, though still in India, Nina is taken out of the world to which she was accustomed.

In Canada she has much more trouble adjusting than Ananda had had; and Ananda, with his own deep-seated insecurities, is insensitive, "never understood a word she was saying", and is unhelpful.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immigrating to married life... 19 May 2009
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It's hard to understand why novels about immigrants are often so dire - maybe, in their efforts to make two different cultures and countries seem real and important to the story, they either descend into stereotyped parody or make the novel one-sided. This novel isn't dire at all, though - in fact, it's very good.

Kapur deals delicately but firmly with the immigrant experience as she creates a world in which two very different people (Indo-Canadian dentist, Ananda, and age-conscious Indian lecturer Nina) struggle to settle in a new country - and adapt to married life.

For me, this book isn't just about immigration and the big cultural divide between India and North America. Instead, I thought it was much more about marriage itself - and how getting used to another person and a new way of life is a kind of immigration in its own right! Very funny and poignant by turn, a lot of the drama and the humour does revolve around the couple's nascent sex life. A fascinating insight into the process of getting used to a new situation and thinking through what is really worthwhile in a relationship. I found it well-written and carefully researched - an excellent read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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'The Immigrant' is a novel concerning the semi-arranged marriage between an Indian couple and their integration into Canadian culture. While I could have done with a lot less focus on the sexual problems of Ananda, overall I found it an interesting glimpse into the complexities of arranged marriage, and how people cope with being transplanted abruptly from one culture to another.

A fulfilling read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less direct, please 21 Aug 2010
By NigelD
As with the other reviewers I found this a fascinating and serious novel, dealing sympathetically with very real issues for ordinary people in challenging situations. Having said that, I have two quibbles: one addressed to the author, and one addressed to the publisher.
To the author: I found the degree of explanatory detail as to precisely how the two main characters (in particular, Nina) felt about everything they experienced was rather oppressive. I enjoy fiction where the feelings and thoughts of characters are conveyed more obliquely through their actions and conversation much more satisfying and giving me a little more scope for my own imagination.
To the publishers: the typesetting really needs some attention (I read the Faber paperback edition). The author uses dashes a lot (no problem with that) but the setters have regularly set hyphens in their place, and there seems to be a series of resulting unnecessary gaps between other words. This is seriously distracting and a poorer standard than I have seen for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Algorithm gone horribly wrong 8 Jun 2012
By Mike M
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I bought this following an Amazon recommendation... Based upon your purchases you may consider....
Normally their algorithm works really well and I am rarely disappointed by such recommendations. I am a great fan of contemporary Indian writers (Aravind Adiga, Vikram Chandra, Vikas Swarup etc) who produce really original work but this book is an insignificant everyday tale of a couple's relationship in difficulties. One can change the location and culture but are there not such difficulties in all relationships? I found absolutely nothing of interest in this book - the only positive quality I can recommend is that it is a very easy read. ie Do not read if you want to be challenged at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully crafted story of an immigrant's experiences
`The Immigrant', set in the 1970s, is the story of Nina, a teacher of English literature in Miranda House College, Delhi University (just like the author), still single at the age... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr R
3.0 out of 5 stars The Immigrant
I enjoyed this book and it was an easy read. My only criticism is that I feel there should be an index or referral page for all the words that commonly refer to phrases, items,... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by Ettieconfetti
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful reading
When I saw this book in a bookshop, I wanted to read it. Amazon price was much less for the same book and I'm enjoying every minute of reading this book.
Published on 9 Nov 2010 by Y. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars like a real life story
I found this book like listening to a story by my grandma. It the sort of thing that is happening in real life and interesting to read, including all the factual elements talked... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by zenadox
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care much in the end!
The story started off in a very promising manner, - the characters and scenes described well, and the story well written. Read more
Published on 3 April 2010 by Avid reader
3.0 out of 5 stars VERY SLOW START
At first I despaired that I would finish this book, but after the first 200 pages I found it much more engrossing. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2010 by bibliophile
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into an arranged ...
This story is about an arranged introduction (ultimately ending in marriage) between two people who have little in common and spotlights the problems they have. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2010 by Karen Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars The Immigrant
I bought this book last week and just finished reading it this morning. Thoroughly enjoyed it as I could identify with Nina a lot. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure of its title
I started this book with hopes of evocative writing, empathy, sympathy and some drama. There are elements of all those but I really just found the novel rather boring. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2009 by Sarah H
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