The Smoke is Rising Hardcover – 20 Mar 2014
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A darkly comic novel . . . Rao veers between sharp, economic dialogue that can be both hilarious and disquieting. --Spectator
An auspicious debut its comedy is dry and biting, its perceptiveness acute, and its picture of India ringingly truthful. --Neel Mukherjee
The medieval and the modern India are depicted here as co-existing, and Rao has succeeded in capturing this with delicacy and insight. --Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Mahesh Rao was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. He studied politics and economics at the University of Bristol and law at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. In the UK he has worked as a lawyer, academic researcher and bookseller. His first novel The Smoke is Rising was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt Prize, the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize, and won the Tata First Book Prize. His short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Bridport Prize and the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest; his work has appeared in the Baffler and Prairie Schooner. He lives in Mysore, India.
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Some of the characters are likeable, but all are hard to get to know. As with many novels featuring big casts of characters, it is often hard to pick up the thread of each different storyline. Rao also keeps introducing new minor characters in great detail, even near the end, which is frustrating. He would have done better to focus more on the main characters. The clunky style really doesn't help as it acts as a barrier to empathy with the characters, and because I left long gaps between reading each part (due to reluctance to subject myself to another barrage of words), it added to the disjointed feel of the narrative.
Rao does tackle some important issues here and the story has sparks of effectiveness where it is moving or interesting.Read more ›
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a funny irreverent book. about India, shining , changing, progressing. India with modern aspirations and yet it remains unchanging and trapped in convention. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Nausheen
Really enjoyed this novel set in the historic city of Mysore.
Strong characters, set against a society struggling to cope with the pace and change of modernisation proved to... Read more
Minutiae of the characters and their lives give enormous depth and variation to this broad canvas. The unfolding consciousness of the women is a recognizable development wherever... Read morePublished on 13 May 2014 by Elizabeth Bazeley