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TitleThe Far Field
AuthorMadhuri Vijay
ISBN0802128408
ImprintMadhuri Vijay Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
FormatHardcover
Pages448

Description

The Far Field is remarkable, a novel at once politically timely and morally timeless Madhuri Vijay traces the fault lines of history, love, and obligation running through a fractured family and country Few novels generate enough power to transform their characters, fewer still their readers The Far Field does both Anthony Marra, author of The Tzar of Love and Techno Gorgeously tactile and sweeping in historical and socio political scope, Pushcart Prize winner Madhuri Vijay s The Far Field follows a complicated flaneuse across the Indian subcontinent as she reckons with her past, her desires, and the tumultuous present.In the wake of her mother s death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him But upon her arrival, Shalini is brought face to face with Kashmir s politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Shalini finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love.With rare acumen and evocative prose, in The Far Field Madhuri Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the limits of compassion.

Reviews

Book of the Month

The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay

Why I love itby Brianna GoodmanWhen you work at BOTM, you read a lot of books So many that at times I m not even sure which ones I ve got in my bag So when I grabbed The Far Field as an in case I run out of things to read this weekend, it was a rare moment of serendipity I had no idea I was packing ... (Sign in to see more)


Nadia

The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay

4.5 starsA couple of weeks ago, I started seeing this book everywhere Instagram, Facebook, you name it When I learnt it was set in India, I knew I had to read it.The story follows a 24 year old Shalini, a privileged young woman from Bangalore, who, after her mother s death, decides to set off on a j... (Sign in to see more)


Elizabeth

The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay

Tl dr The Far Field has passages of gorgeous writing but pulls the novel equivalent of a hamstring trying to prove its point about privilege and what it does nothing good and how it blinds you.The Far Field is the recollections of Shalini, a thirty year old privileged woman living in Bangalore who s... (Sign in to see more)


Ana

The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay

At the end of last year, I decided to actually use my NetGalley account and request eARCs I read some amazing ones, two of which were written by new favourite authors Meg Elison Samanta Schweblin.My first ARC for 2019 is Madhuri Vijay s remarkable debut novel, The Far Field and I couldn t b... (Sign in to see more)


Hayley Stenger

The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I started out really enjoying this book, but as I got further and further in, I found the characters frustrating What struck me most was the theme of cowardice, every character had it and it stopped them from getting wha... (Sign in to see more)


Ron Charles

The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay

The Far Field is narrated by Shalini, who tells us at the opening, I am thirty years old and that is nothing an acknowledgment that she is neither young enough to be innocent nor old enough to be wise She delivers this searching story in a trance of sorrow, still stunned by the cruelty she witnessed... (Sign in to see more)


Amna Ikhlaq

The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital advanced reader s copy for review.The Far Field is a fictitious story of a girl who goes searching for answers to the questions she has about the enigmatic life of her mother but ends up becoming deeply embroiled in the political turmoil of Kash... (Sign in to see more)


Karin

The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay

This story swept me away, it felt like I was watching a movie and seeing it play out in front of me The characters and the setting felt very real Really this is a 4 star read that i m rounding up because I was so enthralled The ending makes our main character out to be incredibly naive, but given he... (Sign in to see more)


April Perdomo

The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay

This book inspired just about every emotion in me First, it took me a little while to get into it Then, by the middle I was absolutely enthralled and loved every page Yet, by the end, I was angry and then I little underwhelmed as I did not feel like it delivered on its initial setup The book is narr... (Sign in to see more)


Juanita

The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay

This book was a low burn for me, until the last 200 pages or so It s really sad and complicated I feel like I learned a lot about the area near the Indian Pakistani border, and the conflicts between the Hindu and the Muslims who live there I was constantly googling things as I read It ended up being... (Sign in to see more)


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