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Odysseus Abroad summary Odysseus Abroad , series Odysseus Abroad , book Odysseus Abroad , pdf Odysseus Abroad , Odysseus Abroad 845a35c7d9 From The Widely Acclaimed Writer, A Beguiling New Novel, At Once Wistful And Ribald, About A Day In The Life Of Two Indian Men In London A University Student And His Bachelor Uncle Each Coping In His Own Way With Alienation, Solitariness, And The Very Art Of LivingIt Is Twenty Two Year Old Ananda Has Been In London For Two Years, Practicing At Being A Poet He S Homesick, Thinks Of Himself As An Inveterate Outsider, And Yet He Can T Help Feeling That There S Something Romantic, Even Poetic, In His Isolation His Uncle, Radhesh, A Magnificent Failure Who Lives In Genteel Impoverishment And Celibacy, Has Been In London For Nearly Three Decades Odysseus Abroad Follows Them On One Of Their Weekly, Familiar Forays About Town The Narrative Surface Has The Sensual Richness That Has Graced All Of Amit Chaudhuri S Work But The Great Charm And Depth Of The Novel Reside In Ananda S Far Ranging Ruminations Into The Triangle Between His Mother, Father, And Radhesh His Mother S Brother, His Father S Best Friend His Sylheti Bengali Ancestry The Ambitions And Pressures That Rest On His Shoulders In Radhesh S Often Artfully Wielded Idiosyncrasies And In The Spiky, Needful, Sometimes Comical, Yet Ultimately Loving Connection Between The Two Men


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  1. says:

    Onvan Odysseus Abroad Nevisande Amit Chaudhuri ISBN 1101874511 ISBN13 9781101874516 Dar 224 Safhe Saal e Chap 2014


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    Joyce set out to neuter the epic ness of Homer s grand story, to show that the mundane lives of people may mimic that story And he developed a new way to describe mundanity his syntatical innovations changed literature for ever Chaudhuri, one would assume, shares the first ambition, for he too labours to show how a day in the lives of two Indians living in London uncle and nephew may mimic Homer There is an added complexity here, of course, for his conversation with Joyce is definitely greater than his conversation with Homer Given that, Chaudhuri s style of writing, in which sentence syntax is always perfect, introduces a new dimension He writes like a 19th century Joyce, with the same sensibility regarding content but a style still closer to Flaubert than to the modernists One is confused what to make of this decision.Another comment about the aping of epics Chaudhuri has said in an interview that Homer s Odyssey and other grand books are themselves characters in his book, characters that fit the template of Homer s Odyssey in turn This rather post modern chicanery complicates the act of mimicing, giving someone like Chaudhuri a broad range to paint his story with, where only some semblance with the grand story is expected and deviations are celebrated I don t know what to think of that for isn t that freedom in contradiction with the original ambition


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    I can see why this book would not be for some people I love narratives with lovely language and thoughtful rumination, even without a powerful plot As a woman with a nephew just Ananda s age, I did find the nephew uncle dynamic very interesting Although the novel explicitly evokes Joyce s Ulysses And Homer s Odyssey, both of which I have read, I was reminded of woolf s mrs Dalloway in terms of the book s style snd premise And length.


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    A well written meditation on cultureThis short book gives all the pleasures of a well written memoir Yes, I know it is labeled a novel, and if I were to look up the biography of the Indian born author, now a professor at the University of East Anglia, I would find many differences between his life and that of his protagonist Ananda Sen But in writing of a budding poet who comes to London University to study English Literature in the Thatcher era, he is clearly drawing on his own experience same date, same school, same subject It is also hard to see the book as a novel because it has no plot The first of the six parts concerns Ananda s apartment, neighbors, and immediate environment The second is about his studies a succession of tutors who try to drag him back from an almost exclusive focus on the moderns to read the literature of earlier eras By this time, we are almost half way through the book The last four parts set up that stroll around North London in the company of his eccentric uncle Rangamama that presumably gives the work its title, in homage to Joyce s tour of Dublin in Ulysses. Ananda interacts with a number of other characters in the book but, with the exception of his uncle, they all pass on by He does not fall in love, or get into fights we never know if he succeeds or fails at his academic goals nothing really happens beyond talk and description, but these really are good He stirred the milk in the mug, till, turning from clear but dark to pale brown and neutrally uniform, the water had become tea like, the spoon negotiating the vortex it had set in motion by constantly evading, and sometimes colliding into, the submerged leviathan tea bag Then he d retrieved it from the pool on his spoon, at once swollen and unresistant, dead but still smoking, an incredibly ugly thing Unable to look at it, he tossed it into the bin.The book caught my attention as a pitch perfect account of being an impoverished student in my own first major, literature , and in a part of London where I did not study but later lived I was out of England by the time Thatcher took office, but I fully trust his description of the times Although Ananda s Indian birth is an essential part of who he is, this is no typical immigrant saga I was drawn to him by what we had in common, not by how we differed.But when Ananda gets together with his uncle, a well off old bachelor living in a basement apartment even squalid than his own, the focus changes Rangamama comes from Bengal and is a disciple of Rabindranath Tagore whom he refers to as Ravi Thakar , and much of their discussion concerns Bengali culture Here, I feel that Chaudhuri is no longer writing for the general reader, but one who already knows quite a bit about India Here is an example, the uncle s reaction to Indian classical music Ananda was humming a raga Purvi His uncle couldn t abide classical music Not only because of its demonstrative virtuosity, which he regarded with contempt Anything outside his ken was beneath him He bowed to no superior form or authority But also the sacred context of classical music embarrassed him Being a Tagorean, he saw the universe in a bright humanist radiance Any mention in songs of Hari, Radha, or Ram made him flinch That s what the Brahmo antecedents of modern Bengal had done turned the Bengali into a solitary voyager, with no religion and nothing but a raiment of poems, Tagore songs, and instead of deities novelists and poets.This last sentence is a pretty good description of Ananda, his uncle, and perhaps the author himself I note that Chaudhuri has published a book called Clearing a Space Reflections on India, Literature and Culture. I have not read it, but suspect that his main intention here was to present some of these thoughts in the approachable form of a novel But it may be time to remove those quotation marks if a novel is defined by characters rather than plot, this certainly has two living and breathing major ones, and a number of minor figures who, for a while, go beyond two dimensions But its principal interest is in its ideas It is one of those books that kept sending me back to Google to find out about some point of history or literature including a satirical poem by Swift I didn t know, and opening my eyes to the work of Geoffrey Hill , or to You Tube to listen to the songs of Tagore As a novel, I would not give it than three stars, but for a man of intelligence sharing his thoughts as in a memoir, it certainly merits four.


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    Ananda is adrift in London, where he is a kind of non heroic Odysseus or maybe a Telemachus making decidedly short journeys with his uncle in a world almost as strange, at least to him, as the world through which Homer s Odyssey takes us His journeys only lead back to his bedsit, where he strives to write poetry and wonders whether one must have the experience of love to write of love Meanwhile, his real home is very far off eastern Bangladesh His current world belongs to the odd English, whom he really doesn t understand, and the tenuous network of Indian immigrants who strew not altogether authentic fragments of his homeland throughout London Chaudhuri s novel is both poignant and funny The most enjoyable character is not Ananda but his uncle, Radesh, for whom there is only one benchmark poet yes, Tagore and who is replete with theories for example, Jesus was obviously quite virile A good read, to be sure Not much happens, despite the title, precisely because these characters are hardly dealing with epic struggles Then again, neither are we.


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    Symbiosis Permanent union between organisms each of which depends for its existence on the other as the fungus and alga composing lichen Concise Oxford Dictionary By the end of this book you re not sure which of these two expatriate characters, the uncle or the nephew, is the fungus and which the alga In the beginning it seems that the nephew is healthy but by the endThey are both gifted poetic types whose gifts have turned inward This might have happened anywhere but the process is hastened by their transplantation into an alien culture They are well born Bengalis living in down at heel parts of London and although they refer everything to their origins in India, they will probably never return thereor will they This is an interesting book but nothing much happens externally and that becomes wearing, hence my 2 stars Muriel Barbery writes about similar alienation in The Elegance of the Hedgehog an intelligent well read peasant born concierge and a similarly gifted 12 year old girl trapped in a pretentious upper class leftist French family But things HAPPEN I don t know if happens in Chaudhuri s other books or not Not sure I am motivated to find out


  7. says:

    With his quiet ruminative voice and powerfully crafted sentences, Chaudhuri has carved himself a specific kind of niche, where high art can be found even in one long Sunday afternoon walk, in such everyday small existential dramas Poornima Apte, BookBrowse.com Full review at


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    I really enjoyed the language of this book, and could appreciate echoes of both Homer Joyce in the writing structure, but ultimately I could find little in the characters, either the nephew or his uncle, which actually interested me Ananda s mother, by contrast, seemed much enticing A book to be read for what it is attempting to do, rather than for enjoyment.


  9. says:

    2 stars for being utterly forgettable but attractively packaged Sarah


  10. says:

    Almost an epic journey through the streets of London Perfect adjectives to evoke an exact feeling of a particular moment I think I can read this book a hundred times to re experience those moments wondering how sounds can come through a thin slit, how noises made by the neighbors above can show the mentality of an entire generation Tiny details Of huge significance The mundane can be as exciting as Ulysses epic homecoming I was marking each chapter with notations to match the original Odyssey but soon, it became redundant I realized that the struggle of each day can be epic, Homerian, but never Mahabharatiya.


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