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The Beautiful and the Damned: Life in the New India Paperback – 1 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141033347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141033341
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely engrossing, acutely pinpointing the aspirational tragic-comic ironies of modern India (The Times)

In The Beautiful and the Damned Siddhartha Deb has taken up Naipaul's mantle. Five scenes from the new India are subjected to his sharp yet sympathetic eye . . . A beautiful book about the damned

(Sunday Telegraph)

Startlingly intelligent . . . Deb is quickened by his extraordinary feeling for the texture of lower middle-class life, as well as his unerring sensitivity to the way a country yet again transforms itself (Amit Chaudhuri Guardian)

A brilliant and sensitive book that succeeds in shifting our gaze from the dazzling glass and steel towers of the business park to the collateral damage suffered by people caught in the age-old tensions between economic mirage, constricting cultural tradition and overbearing social expectation (Sunday Times)


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When I came across this in n+1 issue ten I took it for sleek, finely crafted satire; as fact it is simply too depressing to read

Amazon has attached the other two, five-star reviews to the Faber edition, not due till September

Arundhati Roy was never more needed
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By Dr David Mankin VINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2012
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Books on China probably outnumber those about India presently. In many respects what is happening in India is far more fascinating given its culture, history and politics. The book contains five `portraits' about five different people who have intriguing (and revalatory) stories to reveal about life in modern India. The quality of each of the (five) chapters may vary somewhat but overall this is an insightful and revealing book. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the impact of globalisation on Asia.
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