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Book Title: Looking Through Glass|
The author of the book: Mukul Kesavan
Edition: South Asia Books
The size of the: 356 KB
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Date of issue: December 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780025160064
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.3
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I was really looking forward to reading this book because I came across it in a round about way while browsing the internet and read about the author and an interview with him. (Was it the Guardian? I don't remember anymore.) I read the book cover to cover in order to be sure that I was giving it a fair shake though about a quarter through, the author was already beginning to bore me. I'll tell you why. It is not that the idea of time-hopping wasn't good. The problem was in the execution. The hero is unconvincing and can't make up his mind about anything really and this seems to be a malady that he might have caught from the author. By waffling around as much as he does and concentrating at the oddest moments on his flatulence and excretions, he just paints a figure whom you really don't want to follow around in his next noxious adventure.
The story begins with promise and one feels that perhaps a coherent thread will emerge with a particular Dadi at the center of the struggle for the independence of India and the preceding and succeeding HIndu-Muslim tensions. By the end the protagonist will either have realized why Dadi was so critical of her own involvement in 1942 or in some other ways have come to grips with what transpired.
He, the protagonist, clearly wants to serve in the role of a witness when the book begins. But he is constantly running away from events and people. And even as he runs and stays away, he somehow only focuses only on those he can't see or feel. By the end you are left with a strange mish-mash of a pregnant-anglo-Indian-orphan-eventual mother of twins-"fallen"-woman, a completely undeveloped female-muslim-sister-peripheral character who turns lesbian with love for the former (a love that has no meaning or significance in the story it seems other than to say oh lesbian love not only existed in "those days" it even crossed religious boundaries), a mother who is forward-thinking and completely rooted in an identity defined by men and society, a son who is a recruitment poster (and just about as interesting), a dadi who gets 2 pages somewhere- all the while the hero, is developing pussy boils on his face, farting, shitting, and getting erections which he can't control (the reference to floating turds are many and all equally gratuitous and making one wonder if the author was trying to be Khushwant-esque in his directness. He only succeeds with regard to stools.) There is no coherence or heart to this story. And it ends as miserably as it lurches to that end. With no insight into anything.
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Read information about the authorMukul Kesavan is an Indian writer and essayist. He studied History at the University of Delhi and later at Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he received his MLitt. His first book - Looking Through Glass (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1994) received critical acclaim. He teaches social history at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi. He's keen on the game of cricket but in a non-playing way. His credentials for writing about the game are founded on a spectatorial axiom: distance brings perspective. Kesavan's book of cricket,Men in White, was published by Penguin India in 2007. He wrote a blog by the same name on cricinfo.com. Later in the year he wrote, The Ugliness of the Indian Male and Other Propositions published by Black Kite. The book is a collection of essays on a wide variety of themes ranging from Indian films to Indian men to travel writing and even political commentary.
He is also the co-editor of Civil Lines, the widely respected journal of Indian writing in English.
His columns have appeared in The Telegraph, CricInfo and Outlook Magazine, among other places.
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