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on 16 January 2013
Philomena is a born rebel, disillusioned with her middle-class comfort and the expectations of her parents. Nestor is an impoverished African exile with the heart of a poet. When the two meet by chance on the streets of 1960s Bombay, their attraction will change their lives forever.
Spanning two continents and following a story of love, loss and politics set against a backdrop of turbulent societies, times and allegiances, God on Every Wind is a powerful debut novel exploring the possibilities and limitations of individual and political revolution.
This isn't a ground-breaking novel by any means, but it is a very fine one; a warm invitation into the lives of its characters, and an open-eyed introduction to the sweeping vistas of the Arabian Sea, the cluttered streets of Bombay (Mumbai), the oracular dusts of Goa, the sunny life of a small African village. This is by no means a conventional love story either, thank god. The realities of human relationships and the complexities of the heart, are explored with great honesty. The complex faculties of love, both in family and marital relations, are tested frequently, and one of the main themes of the novel seems to be that love isn't easy, that in many ways it inflicts incredible tension and resentment...but in the end, it's like it's trying to say that love is ultimately what you make of it.
This is compelling and colourful first novel, written by someone who, if nothing else, understands the importance of storytelling that delves, again and again into the murky realms of the human condition, and explores honestly, with poetical freedom, what can be found.