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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Daunt Books (20 Mar 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1907970312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907970313
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Mankin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2014
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This is an enjoyably easy-to-read novel which draws you into the lives of the main protagonists (as well as the city of Mysore itself). Although the story is very much character driven, the author effortlessly evokes life in modern-day India (a society experiencing profound social and economic changes). The author's ability to describe the sights, sounds, and smells of India is remarkable. His descriptive ability is quite stunning. This is Mahesh Rao's first novel and given its quality it surely marks the start of what will be a long and successful career as an author. I was attracted to the novel for two reasons. First, it's setting. I'm currently reading a great deal of non-fiction about India's economic rise and wanted something else to contrast this with. Second, the plot appealed. It's topical because it reflects the profound changes that are currently happening in India. Rao has a light touch; he captures nuances and gestures which lesser writers would ignore or fail to appreciate. This means that what is left unsaid is sometimes as important as what is revealed. This is very much a novel to savor in terms of prose and narrative with some wonderful humor thrown into the mix - I'll leave you to discover all about Mysore's vision of the future: HeritageLand. I would describe it as languid and charming. The story lingers on long after the last page has been read. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss M. on 28 April 2014
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This is an excellent debut novel from a promising new author. Its depiction of modern-day Mysore is both vivid and poignant, evoking a real sense of a city and a world in transition. However, set against his often critical portrayal of the "new" Mysore, Mahesh Rao's compassion and understanding of his characters is palpable, as the novel swings from humorous to heart wrenching, then to bittersweet. Underlying the whole novel - indeed, tangible in every sentence - is the author's gentle humour and ferocious wit, which ensures that the novel is not just a scathing portrait of modernisation, or a touching depiction of the cost to ordinary people, but is also and incredibly funny and entertaining read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Smith on 5 May 2014
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With dry wit and deft political satire, The Smoke is Rising paints a portrait of India which is at one moment laugh out loud funny and the next painfully sad. What stands out in the end is the writer's generous compassion for his characters, and his connection with the living pulse of the city in which they live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George III on 3 Sep 2014
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This is the India which the tourist doesn't see. It is a poignant story of suburban India, specifically Mysore, in transition from age old culture and customs into the 21st century. The writing, which has literary quality and is at times poetic, takes the form of vignettes of mainly only loosely related characters.
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