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Irrepressible ode to the human Spirit - with (silver) bells on,
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This review is from: Rupee Millionaires (Kindle Edition)
Where to start with my thoughts on this captivating story? Honestly? It's the most entertainment I've had (with words) since Round Ireland with a Fridge, which, if you could splice together with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, might bring you close to imagining the heady pull of Frank Kusy's superb Rupee Millionaires.
I've never been to India, but I've lived a decade there through Frank's eyes, and was utterly captivated. But it's so much more than an entertaining travel memoir. To me, this is first and foremost a story of friendship, of the way the strangest people are drawn to one another, and the efforts they can go to to maintain a friendship in spite of oh, overwhelming evidence that it's destroying them? that they should have turned and walked away years ago? All of that, and more, which means it's about Faith. It's about Hope. It's about Love. At times wrought with tenderness, it's about the irrepressible human Spirit. It soars and it inspires. It's moving and it's also very funny.
Read the other reviews for marvellous descriptions of the sights and sounds and flavours and smells and engaging characters of India - they are beautifully described and every word is true. As with the life of a London market trader - all incredibly well rendered and yet I am skimming over all that because (marvellous though it all is) I am trying to get to the essence of my own perception, which hit home when I read what Christof had learned from all his spiritual searching, which was (and I quote): 'I learnt that my place is not in the mountains. It is in the world.'
So, to finally get to the point, my experience of this fabulous story is something akin to a modern day Siddhartha, with laughs.
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2013 00:49:11 GMT
Many thanks for this FAB review - quite the best I've yet received, really moved me. ~ Frank
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Brian Naghten says:
It's about Faith. It's about Hope. It's about Love.
It's about friendship gone wrong.
Jealously, bitterness and deceit, immortalized in script.
The characterization of Spud is clearly over the top, so reading between the lines, the author is trying to justify an acrimonious situation.
This is a clue. He said Spud was keeping a tight rein on the purse strings allowing them "only" £2000 a month for their everyday living expenses. He also said that before he started this business he never had £400 in the bank. Today in 2014 £2000 would be worth over £3500 that's £875 a week in the bank with no deductions.
Frank bought a house around this time. Where do you think the deposit came from? Frank was living with his mother and banking £2000 a month.
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