The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others (English, Hardcover, Mukherjee Neel)

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The Lives of Others  (English, Hardcover, Mukherjee Neel)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Random House, India
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9788184003796, 818400379X
    • Pages: 528
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    This is a story about a Bengali family in Calcutta that is decaying as the society around it is coming down.

    Summary of the Book

    In 1967, Supratik, a boy from a family in Calcutta, becomes involved in student unrest, agitation and extremist political activism. His family is completely unaware of this and it is brought to notice through a note that he left behind. The Ghoshes are a large family, and they do not realize that their lives are about to get turbulent. Their family consists of problems like cunning sisters-in-law, destructive secrets and a family business that is not doing well. This is the story of a family that is troubled while the society around it in disintegrating. Things only get worse as time goes. This story revolves around characters that are ambitious, rich and compassionate. It is an anatomy of a social class and all its contradictions.

    About Neel Mukherjee

    Neel Mukherjee was born in Calcutta. His first Novel, A Life Apart, won the Vodafone Crossword Book Award. The Live of Others is his second book.

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    • July
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    Brilliant!

    'The Lives Of Others' By Neel Mukherjee | Book Review - http://indiannerve.com/the-lives-of-others-by-neel-mukherjee-book-review-16063/

    It's been long since I felt so satisfied having completed a book. A wonderful, intelligent book.
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    Ambarish Ganesh

    2 Jul, 2014

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    Captivating, searing and absolutely brilliant tale about joint families!!

    First of all, many, many best wishes and congratulations to the author, Neel Mukherjee for his book, The Lives of Others getting nominated in the Longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize. And secondly, a huge thanks to Neel Mukherjee and his publicist, for sending me over a copy of his book, in return for an honest review. Yes, I definitely feel over-the-moon and proud for getting this opportunity and I'll always be grateful to the author, Neel Mukherjee.

    Supratik says,
    "Ma, I feel I live i...
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    Aditi Saha

    18 Aug, 2014

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    Searingly honest

    This is a book for the Bengalis. Though non Bengalis will also find the book entertaining, but it will resonate deeper with a Bengali. The language, the terms that have been used (there is a detailed glossary), the food, the uniqueness of the relationships of a joint family and the hierarchy, the latent anger, vicious revenge, unfulfilled desires, the class consciousness at every turn, is something that a Bengali will instantly identify, because though the above themes are universal human tra...
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    Subhashis Chowdhury

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    12 Nov, 2014

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    Highly recommended

    Amazing product. Quality and packaging was very nice. So was the page quality.
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    Arnab Saha

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    16 Sep, 2017

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    Value-for-money

    Excellent
    The book very poignantly brings out the hopes,aspirations,anxieties,tensions inherent within a family as well as gives us a glimpse of the sociopolitical events that were taking place during the second half of the 20th century Bengal.
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    Flipkart Customer

    4 Sep, 2016

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    good book

    nice and refreshing story line. it is one the best things in recent time in the scene .............................................................................................///////////////////////////////////////
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    Bhuwandeep Deep

    8 Apr, 2016

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    Reviewing Lives

    The book arrived in mint condition and before the stipulated date of arrival. It is a good read and I would recommend it to people who are interested in history or anthropology or linguistics. It's not a light read though, I wrote a two page reflection after I read it, on the use of language. Not an extremely groundbreaking book, I stand by the Booker committee's verdict, deserving of nomination.
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    Priyanka

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    17 Dec, 2014

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    Nice fiction

    Rich use of language, good sketch of characters, and a nice backdrop combine to form this fiction. No wonder this was nominated for Man Booker Prize. However, the plot lacks pace, and as the title suggests, is a collection of accounts of the lives of different people. Overall, a good read
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    Debdoot Das

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    22 Nov, 2014

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    Pretty good

    Delivery was fine, book is awful.
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    Shruti Narayan

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    2 Oct, 2016

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    Should have been a winner

    Neel Mukherjee's writing, is in the mould of Amitav Ghosh. He is a true blue Indian writer, with deep sense of belonging to Bengal. This story tracks the collapse of a business family in Urban Kolkatta, during times when rural bengal is also dithering.
    It also plots the different destinies of two siblings, and the impact of their relationship on family matters.
    Neel was nominated for a booker prize in 2014, I wish he had won it !!
    Splendid english ,and great depth in story writing, characteri...
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    SANJEEV KUMAR

    4 May, 2016

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