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Hard going, but some gems to be found in the prose,
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Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil, a Booker 2012 longlist nominee, is a portrait of drug addicts in Bombay. Omniscient narrator Dom describes a variety of characters encountered in Bombay's drug dens. Prostitute Dimple, Chinese refugee Mr Lee, drug dealer Rashid etc.
There are, without a doubt some absolute gems hidden within the prose of Narcopolis, a passage about the nature of doubt stood out for me, and the novel got off to a good start, but there is no plot as such; despite the quality of the prose I found myself disengaging from the novel and at a certain undefinable point it stopped being something I was reading, and became a chore I had to get through.
For readers unfamiliar with India, use of slang and cultural references, will sometimes create a barrier of understanding, or did for me at any rate. I suppose if I wanted to give it a catchy, easily understood summary I'd say "It's an Indian Trainspotting". Likewise did Trainspotting, with its use of local dialect create a comprehension barrier for the average reader.
Narcopolis is the 8th book on the longlist which I have now read, with the exception of Bring Up The Bodies which I read regardless of its presence on the list, at the time of publication, I have been pretty disappointed with this years list, plenty of "good" solid books like The Lighthouse say, but nothing which has transcended words on a page, and entered a part of my mind or heart.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2013 18:00:19 GMT
can anyone explain the ending -how did great nephew of xxheng du-soporo khan come to be in rehab clinic and did he kill rumi?
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2013 17:57:29 GMT
R. A. Davison says:
Do you know - I have no idea, I can barely remember most of the book now, it really didn't stay with me - very sorry about that
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2013 12:21:17 BDT
Elizabeth - I can't explain how he got there, but it's 99% certain he killed Rumi, it's never actually stated but it's alluded to fairly heavily.
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