Em and the Big Hoom

Em and the Big Hoom (English, Paperback, Pinto Jerry)

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Em and the Big Hoom  (English, Paperback, Pinto Jerry)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Aleph Book Company
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9789382277316, 9789382277316
    • Pages: 248
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    Em And The Big Hoom is a touching story about love and family relationships. It is a story of a mother, father and two children, and their everyday struggle in dealing with their tragedy stricken family. It is a narration by the son who speaks of the unconditional love that his father, The Bog Hoom, had for his mother, Em. Though the story is about the chaos that exists in a family, it is different in the way it speaks of love.

    Summary of the Book

    Em, The Big Hoom and their two children live in a small apartment in Mahim, Mumbai. The mother, Em, has managed to make her family a slave to her state of mind and is sometimes flamboyant, has a compelling imagination, and at times makes cruel judgments. She seldom speaks of or shows her love for her family. Her husband and family still hold on because of their love for her. They learn to live with her manic behaviour and frequent wish to die. The novel is a study of a mental illness and contains dark humour. It is also a critical and deeply moving story by the author, Jerry Pinto.

    About Jerry Pinto

    Jerry Pinto is an Indian writer who is based in Mumbai. He writes poetry, prose and children’s fiction in English. He is also a journalist. Some of his works include: Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb, Surviving Women and Asylum and Other Poems.

    Em and The Big Hoom was his first novel. His book Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb won the Best Book on Cinema Award at the 54th National Film Awards.

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    • Aleph Book Company
    Awards
    • Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize
    Award Year
    • 2013
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Indian Writer Excels

    Yes an Indian Writer has as much depth. Em is a enjoyable fable and recommended for serious reading i enjoyed the book as much and surely rcommend a quick read. Jerry Pinto is good in this one
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    Mandeep Duggal

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    Mar, 2015

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    One of the best books I've read in the recent times

    I bought this book out of curiosity but let me tell you honestly, you're missing out so much if you've not read this book. The story revolves around Em and how the life of her family is nailed to the spot that she is. The language is beautiful and the narration so slick! You can actually feel the kind of effort that has gone into the making of this book :). I could relate to the characters really well and yes, that's it. Beautiful book.
    P.S. Special mention to that cover & book designs ! Ing...
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    Nandini Pradeep

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    Aug, 2014

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    An Excellent Story

    One of the best books I have come across.....
    Applause to the author of this beautiful piece of work....
    Happy to be part of the Mendes family....
    Could make an excellent script for a movie...
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    Aswathy Edison

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    Apr, 2014

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    Disturbingly beautiful.

    So, what makes Em and the Big Hoom a master piece by Jerry Pinto. Is it a pure and 'from the heart' account of a child's experiences or just another piece of fiction written with beautiful words? well, for me, its both. Em and the Big Hoom will take you to a revelation trip, where god, morality, immorality and all such connotations break free from their limitations, though trapped under a story. Narrative has been done beautifully. the characters will stay with you for a long time after you ...
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    ritu bhatt

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    Feb, 2014

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    A world within a world...

    "Love is never enough.Madness is enough. It is complete,sufficient unto itself...... You're a tourist. She is a resident."

    An incredibly moving, unusual memoir of a mother's mental illness, written in her son's perspective. It takes you into an alternate world, which struggles to find a balance with the real world. A deep, imaginative, honest and painful picture is coated with some gentle humor here. Yet, such depth is presented with such ease and simplicity by Jerry Pinto.The language is el...
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    Ammu

    Jan, 2014

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    Ah! For the beauty of language.

    One of the best novels on an individual having bipolar disorder and the consequences on her family. While Jamison's novel-'An Unquiet Mind' was a memoir, almost text-book like, giving descriptions of the varied human mood states, Em and the Big Hoom is pure beautiful fiction, where the real protagonist holds you in awe as much as the brilliant play with words. Pinto has excellently brought out the intricate beauty of language in people with bipolar disorders. This is a wonderful novel and I ...
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    Abhishek Samal

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    Dec, 2012

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