[Epub] ➜ A Burning ➝ Megha Majumdar – Tkcleaningservices.co.uk

A Burning What a debut This book packed a seriously powerful punch in such a short amount of time While this is not the genre that I am typically drawn to, I really enjoyed this read.What made this book unique was the very different voices of the three POV s If I ever had to set the book down mid chapter, I very easily knew which character I was reading when I came back to the book Their tones and personalities were easily perceptible through the writing, making this book about a heavy subject very re What a debut This book packed a seriously powerful punch in such a short amount of time While this is not the genre that I am typically drawn to, I really enjoyed this read.What made this book unique was the very different voices of the three POV s If I ever had to set the book down mid chapter, I very easily knew which character I was reading when I came back to the book Their tones and personalities were easily perceptible through the writing, making this book about a heavy subject very readable and engaging An author that can really move me in just at 300 pages is a winner I look forward tofrom Megha Majumdar I m glad I read this Megha Majumdar s debut novel It felt like the most advertised promoted book of this summer I needed to read what all the fuss about.I ve many memories of the year I spent living in India Memories of those crowed trains too, stood out So.It was easy to visualize the opening scene..really frightening of how people could NOT get OUT.when flaming torches were burning them alive almost instantly There was almost no focus on the people who died from that horr I m glad I read this Megha Majumdar s debut novel It felt like the most advertised promoted book of this summer I needed to read what all the fuss about.I ve many memories of the year I spent living in India Memories of those crowed trains too, stood out So.It was easy to visualize the opening scene..really frightening of how people could NOT get OUT.when flaming torches were burning them alive almost instantly There was almost no focus on the people who died from that horrific crime It s not what this book was about.but while reading about the unfairness done to a young Muslim girl which was sad RIDICULOUS that she spent a year in jail MADDENING I was often reflecting back on those people , while on that train So many died I was sad I neededtime before moving on.I have the same argument today about what s going on in our world with the coronavirus I hear a lot of numbers opening closing reopening re closing but what I don t hear enough about are the stories from families who have lost loved ones How do we mourn a 100,000 deaths How did India mourn those 100 deaths on the train that day How many times to we gloss over the important part of a news story only to glamorize the drama These I admit , were thoughts that were triggered for me I liked this book and there s certainly a lot to look at Cautionary tale I think so Careful what you put on social media it just might get you arrested Not sure I liked the main characters not that it mattered but I noticed it was the supporting characters I connected with most mom, dad, and a 70 year old guru teacher I m only giving this book 3.5 stars willing to rate up to 4 stars.Because I definitely recommend it but I don t think it s without flaws which is okayit s a great issue tale a debut worthy to examine, contemplate discrimination, injustice, while taking a sleuth journey I m the girl who needstime mourn the deeper sadness of situations I felt this novel rushed into the story while I wantedtime devoted to the loss of those who died I look forward to reading what other readers of had to say about this book.And..I applaud the author Congratulations to her on her first book I d be happy to read her again For Readers Of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, And Jhumpa Lahiri, An Electrifying Debut Novel About Three Unforgettable Characters Who Seek To Rise To The Middle Class, To Political Power, To Fame In The Movies And Find Their Lives Entangled In The Wake Of A Catastrophe In Contemporary IndiaJivan Is A Muslim Girl From The Slums, Determined To Move Up In Life, Who Is Accused Of Executing A Terrorist Attack On A Train Because Of A Careless Comment On Facebook PT Sir Is An Opportunistic Gym Teacher Who Hitches His Aspirations To A Right Wing Political Party, And Finds That His Own Ascent Becomes Linked To Jivan S Fall Lovely An Irresistible Outcast Whose Exuberant Voice And Dreams Of Glory Fill The Novel With Warmth And Hope And Humor Has The Alibi That Can Set Jivan Free, But It Will Cost Her Everything She Holds DearTaut, Symphonic, Propulsive, And Riveting From Its Opening Lines, A Burning Has The Force Of An Epic While Being So Masterfully Compressed It Can Be Read In A Single Sitting Majumdar Writes With Dazzling Assurance At A Breakneck Pace On Complex Themes That Read Here As The Components Of A Thriller Class, Fate, Corruption, Justice, And What It Feels Like To Face Profound Obstacles And Yet Nurture Big Dreams In A Country Spinning Toward Extremism An Extraordinary Debut It all starts simply enough an idealistic young Muslim girl uses her very first costly device with her own salary, a SmartPhone, to join in the conversation on Facebook A vicious train attack by terrorists has just taken place and right afterwards, she posts an ill advised comment.With that propulsive opening, A Burning ignites a firestorm that asks searing questions Whose future is it How far are we willing to go to take our place into a better life be it political status, artistic fame, or It all starts simply enough an idealistic young Muslim girl uses her very first costly device with her own salary, a SmartPhone, to join in the conversation on Facebook A vicious train attack by terrorists has just taken place and right afterwards, she posts an ill advised comment.With that propulsive opening, A Burning ignites a firestorm that asks searing questions Whose future is it How far are we willing to go to take our place into a better life be it political status, artistic fame, or simply a way out of crushing poverty Would we sacrifice others for our own ambitions Narrated primarily by a trio of original characters Jovan, the girl at the crux of the book Lovely, a hijra trans who has acting aspirations and whom Jovan has tutored and PR Sir, her former gym teacher who will do anything to gain pollical clout with a right wing party.In telling her story, Megha Majumdar touches upon a smorgasbord of topics that inform many conversations today the effect of income disparities, the results of nationalism gone awry, the miscarriage of justice, the ethical lapses of the press and the sinister side of social media, and the systemic corruption that feeds all of it.Wry, unsettling, and poignant, A Burning deserves the great advance buzz it is getting I am so grateful to Alfred A Knopf Publisher for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange for a definitely honest review 3.3 A Burning is a raging novel with a plot and characters there mainly to serve its point about injustice and corruption in modern India Unlike most reviewers, I was disappointed I found it disturbing but thin Actually, although lacking as a novel, I think it would make an excellent play. Megha Majumdar s debut novel, A Burning, is aptly named This all consuming story rages along, bright and scalding, illuminating three intertwined lives in contemporary India Majumdar, who was raised in West Bengal before attending Harvard University and moving to New York, demonstrates an uncanny ability to capture the vast scope of a tumultuous society by attending to the hopes and fears of people living on the margins The effect is transporting, often thrilling, finally harrowing It s no Megha Majumdar s debut novel, A Burning, is aptly named This all consuming story rages along, bright and scalding, illuminating three intertwined lives in contemporary India Majumdar, who was raised in West Bengal before attending Harvard University and moving to New York, demonstrates an uncanny ability to capture the vast scope of a tumultuous society by attending to the hopes and fears of people living on the margins The effect is transporting, often thrilling, finally harrowing It s no wonder this propulsive novel was chosen for the Today Show book club and leaped immediately onto the bestseller list.The story opens with horrific news racing across social media Terrorists have firebombed a train, trappingthan 100 people inside the cars as they burned Facebook lights up with calls for justice, requests for donations and complaints about the ineffective police Scrolling through these posts, a young sales clerk named Jivan jumps in with her own casual outrage But when her message earns no likes, she comes up with somethingprovocative If the police watched them die, doesn t that To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert A throbbing 3.5 stars Words I know they are potent they can bind and heal, rejuvenate and transform But, I also know, in equal measure, they can kill In A Burning , just a pale black string of words on a social media page makes a young Muslim girl, an enemy of the state, and takes her to the darks she had not felt even in the darkest corner of her dingy, tarp roofed house in a Kolkata slum A comment is all it takes for the 22 years of her life to be wiped clean off the slate with the powA throbbing 3.5 stars Words I know they are potent they can bind and heal, rejuvenate and transform But, I also know, in equal measure, they can kill In A Burning , just a pale black string of words on a social media page makes a young Muslim girl, an enemy of the state, and takes her to the darks she had not felt even in the darkest corner of her dingy, tarp roofed house in a Kolkata slum A comment is all it takes for the 22 years of her life to be wiped clean off the slate with the powerful duster of sedition.Keeping Jivan which, ironically, means life at the centre, the author draws twocharacters, one each on the opposite side of the protagonist Lovely, a transgender and PT Sir, a school teacher Neither have a swell resume to grab a berth in the first row of life but they are trying hard And when both are called to testify in Jivan vs The State case, they take opposite stands and see their destinies unspool in an entirely different air An undercurrent of urgency keeps the book going, as if slackening the pace might make the reader look away from the plight of Jivan Her no nonsense account of her life in the prison gingerly pricks like that rough, ordinary stone that continues to give scratches on rub until its edges are all blunt and toothless That even a prison is not without its hierarchies, the press is not without its politics and the court is not without its masters is deftly pinned all over the body of the book, making it bear a look of the haggard, drooping a little every day Imparting a shining white to Lovely s and PT Sir s dreams by snatching it from Jivan s many skies turns this work into a window into the times we live in freedom of speech and privacy being routinely sacrificed at the altar of majoritarianism and religious fanaticismThe light alerts me when morning comes Now that I know it is morning, I practice the yoga I learned long ago, on rainy days in school But my body is reluctant It adheres, like a block of concrete, to the floor There is noting supple in my arms They are twigs, waiting to snap When I look down, my legs are dry and scaly, white with skin that is neither alive nor willing to shedThe pages of the register at the morgue flutter But life goes on And in between this space, words lie, bidding their time 3.5, rounded up.Although compulsively readable yay for short chapters , with an interesting structure and plot, I came away a bit unsatisfied I read a LOT of South Asian literature and am a huge Bollywood fan my cats are even named Priyanka, Bipasha, Chandni and may she rest in peace Deepika , and this just seemed to be recycling things I had already read seen, and felt somewhat simplistically pandering towards an American audience unfamiliar with India What I really liked was how each 3.5, rounded up.Although compulsively readable yay for short chapters , with an interesting structure and plot, I came away a bit unsatisfied I read a LOT of South Asian literature and am a huge Bollywood fan my cats are even named Priyanka, Bipasha, Chandni and may she rest in peace Deepika , and this just seemed to be recycling things I had already read seen, and felt somewhat simplistically pandering towards an American audience unfamiliar with India What I really liked was how each of the three strands are told in very different voices , something that is often neglected with multiple POVs And the seemingly obligatory nowadays character of the hijra Lovely is well, lovely Already a best seller, thanks to its pick as a Today book club selection, I m glad it s finding an audience, but I d put it on a second tier compared with the best of Indian lit A Suitable Boy The Death of Vishnu A Fine Balance etc PS I have never seen roti spelled as ruti before but maybe it s some regional variation A wonderfully plotted, ambitious debut novel by a writer with a lot to offer, the story of 3 lives intersecting around a single, harrowing lie Majumdar takes major risks with a multi perspective, voice driven novel whose politics often occur in the background, but her excellent plotting abilities kept me flying through this. A Burning begins with a conflagration For the reader, this novel is a lit fuse an exercise in tension, perfectly paced.Majumdar covers a lot of ground in this short and deceptively simple novel, set in India in the aftermath of a terrorist attack An earnest young woman accused of the crime a schoolteacher dipping his toe into politics and a Hijra actress in search of stardom are the main players Through subtle means, the characters are given distinctive voices Lovely, the actress, has a f A Burning begins with a conflagration For the reader, this novel is a lit fuse an exercise in tension, perfectly paced.Majumdar covers a lot of ground in this short and deceptively simple novel, set in India in the aftermath of a terrorist attack An earnest young woman accused of the crime a schoolteacher dipping his toe into politics and a Hijra actress in search of stardom are the main players Through subtle means, the characters are given distinctive voices Lovely, the actress, has a flair for the dramatic and narrates in the present progressive tense, as if her life is an ongoing performance Jivan, the accused, speaks with a gentle, matter of fact understatement that belies her desperate situation And PT Sir an ordinary man afforded a sip of power descends a slippery slope, his dark path much too plausible for comfort.Corruption, ambition, prejudice, and injustice fuel the story and the plot threads converge with devastating inevitability Taking in the current socio political state of modern India, as well as universal questions of morality and integrity, Majumdar proves that you don t need a huge cast of characters or a lengthy page count to tell a BIG story


About the Author: Megha Majumdar

MEGHA MAJUMDAR was born and raised in Kolkata, India She moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, followed by graduate school in social anthropology at Johns Hopkins University She works as an editor at Catapult, and lives in New York City A Burning is her first book Follow her on Twitter MeghaMaj and Instagram megha.maj


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