Em and The Big Hoom

Em and The Big Hoom (English, Hardcover, Jerry Pinto)

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Em and The Big Hoom  (English, Hardcover, Jerry Pinto)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: ALEPH
    • ISBN: 9788192328027, 8192328023
    • Edition: 2012
    • Pages: 240
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    The story starts and ends in a one-bedroom-hall-kitchen apartment in Mahim, Bombay. Imelda Mendes Em to her children (Em being Mother/Mom) keeps her family on its toes, with her humour, her candour, sometimes her love, her words and with her mental state of mind. The husband nurtures her and is there by her side, while the son and the daughter go through phases of happiness and sadness, so much so that they often wish to die.

    The novel is narrated by the son as he makes sense of the unconditional love his father, The Big Hoom had for his mother, Em. Em and the Big Hoom speaks of love in a very different manner. For his first novel, Jerry Pinto has taken care not to make it clichd or for that matter sentimental, though it speaks of madness and disjointed family ties.

    Jerry Pintos writing is frank and in-your-face. He does not mince words and that works wonderfully, thereby adding the much needed comic relief at times. For me more than Em, it was the Big Hooms character that added all the intrigue and empathy the silent rock in the background, always there and taking care of the family from falling apart. The past and the present (50s and the 80s), which add to the atmosphere of the book. Jerry Pinto sure has come a long way before writing this one and one can notice that in his reading.

    Descirption

    Set in Bombay during the last decades of the twentieth century, Em and The Big Hoom tells the compelling story of the Mendeses mother, father, daughter and son. Between Em, the beedi - smoking, hyperactive mother, driven frequently to hospital by her mania and failed suicide attempts, and The Big Hoom, the rock-solid, dependable father, trying to hold things together as best he can, they are an extraordinary family.

    Filled with endearing and eccentric characters, and marked by sparkling dialogue and restrained emotion, this is one of the most powerful and moving novels to be published in India in a long time.

    About the Author

    Jerry Pinto lives and works in Mumbai. He has been a mathematics tutor, school librarian, journalist and columnist. He is now associated with MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights. His published works include Surviving Women; Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb, which won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema in 2007; and Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai (co-edited with Naresh Fernandes). Em and The Big Hoom is his first novel.
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    Publication Year
    • 2012
    Awards
    • Winner of The Hindu Literary Prize
    Award Year
    • 2012
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    • Jerry Pinto
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    5

    The title is opaque at first glance. It acquires meaning only after one has gone through the book.

    A delightful portrait of a middleclass Christian family comprising of parents and their two growing up children, the son being the narrator. At the core is the mentally afflicted mother who has episodes of lucidity alternating with depression and self-destructive tendencies. In her lucid moments she bristles with tongue-in-cheek humour and is uninhibited in her talk about sex to her barely out of teens daughter.
    Plot is minimal, like Kafka's Trial and Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. The main...
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    Sushil Gupta

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    A beautiful book

    Most often, I avoid books by Indian authors because they tend to be too clichéd or very melodramatic. Em and the big hoom pleasantly surprised me. The book was touching and deeply moving. Mr. Pinto beautifully anneals emotions from the first to the last page of this book. I liked the book so much that I have already gifted it to 7 people. A must read. And, it explores so many contestations that we take for granted as given in society
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    Meenakshi Nair

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    Captivating, touching and a heartfelt novel.

    Every once in a while a book comes out that touches you so profoundly, that you remain silent for a very long time after turning the last page of the book. This is one of those. This small and delicately written story of a mentally ill mother's relationship with her kids and her husband, speaks more than its pages reveal. Whats left unsaid, is equally heart wrenching. Jerry Pinto has really hit the nail with this story, his first. Not many could have finished it without having to cope with te...
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    Kaartikeya Bajpai

    May, 2012

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    Different & Touching!!

    I 'd like to make the following comments for other readers:
    1. For those who have just started reading novels, please don't go for it. This book is for those who have read a few books and of varying themes. Not for beginners
    2. Don't rush with the story. Go slow. Visualise each and every chapter as it might happen in front of your eyes.
    3. If you have finished the book and didn't feel great about the story go back and read the book again. Go slower this time.

    Not a conventional kind of book ...
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    Souvik Chatterjee

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    Sep, 2013

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    5

    Well deserved literary award

    This book rightfully deserved the hindu literary award this year.Just finished the book last night. I'm still reeling under its influence. Jerry Pinto takes you on a roller coaster emotional ride. I'm still not able to believe that it's a work of fiction. It involves the reader so much that you empathise with the characters. Unlike books about people with mental illness that are either too self indulgent or self piteous this one's straight from the heart of the protagonist's son and believe m...
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    Vishwanath Praveen

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    Mar, 2013

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    5

    One of the best books I've read

    I discovered this book through flipkart recommendations and the title seemed interesting so, I ordered it. It has been a delight since page 1. Dark humour and emotions mixed in just the right proportions, it is a book for all sensitive minds. Don't think twice, go ahead, order it! Also amazing delivery and speed by WS retail.
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    Abhyudaya Shrivastava

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    Jan, 2015

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    5

    Great product

    amazing book. got it at 157/-. the quality is great. looking forward to reading it. delivery was quick. and packaging was nice. came with a bookmark.
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    Bazla Sumbul

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    Excellent

    It really is profoundly moving as the cover itself says it. The writing of the suthor is just, just simply phenomenal! If you at all have any second thoughts about buying this gem of a book, then you really shouldn't. I can assure you it will not disappoint you to the least.
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    Parshuram Kale

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    Best in the market!

    good book
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    Lalith Kumar

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    Brilliant

    Loved it. Please buy - totally worth it!
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