The Bus Stopped Paperback – 1 Apr 2005
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An entralling and entertaining portrayal of a distinct part of India and its people
About the Author
Tabish Khair was born in India in 1966. He currently lives in Denmark where he works for the Department of English at the University of Aarhus as an associate professor. He has written widely for papers and literary magazines in India, the UK, America, Denmark and South Africa, and has won numerous awards for his poetry.
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23 April 2004
I don't know whether this book is based on real life experience or whetherit is sheer poetry: it seems to have elements of both. I really enjoyedreading it, though the first few pages present some difficulty as the bookcontains a number of narratives and one needs to find the time toconcentrate on them and connect the various narratives. I guess the bookis primarily about movement, relationships and belonging, but itapproaches these (not uncommon) issues from a slightly unusual perspectiveand places the 'drama' in non-cosmopolitan regions of India. Above all, Ithink I liked the book because it is written with such a depth of feelingand in beautiful language. It also contains some fascinating characters,presented more as sharp pen sketches rather than large oil portraits.
10 October 2009
This is an experimental novel -- especially in the light of recent decades, when novels have become more and more timid in matters of structure -- and I found it excellent. Short and sweet, is what I think some UK reviewer wrote:I cannot agree more.
23 September 2007
I quite liked reading this but it was quite difficult to follow. Lovely little insights into people's lives along the route of a bus. I have a great interest in the Indian culture which I think will help if you choose this book. For me the style represents the Indian lifestyle (or the bits I have experienced anyway) but the challenge of reading it and trying to piece everything together may not be worth it for some. It does help that it is well written and relatively short.