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Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy Paperback – February 12, 2013


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143419293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143419297
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,495,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The fierceness with which Arundhati Roy loves humanity moves my heart' - Alice Walker, author of The Colour Purple --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Arundhati Roy is the author of the novel The God of Small Things, for which she was awarded the Booker Prize in 1997, and two collections of essays: The Algebra of Infinite Justice and An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire. She lives in New Delhi, India. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Robert McLean on June 20, 2013
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Arundhati Roy takes ideas to the "edge" with her thoughtful and articulate "Field Notes on Democracy" - it's worth the time it takes to read.
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Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy is the 12th non-fiction book by Booker Prize winning author, Arundhati Roy. In this collection of eleven related essays, the author of The God Of Small Things turns her prodigious talent for striking imagery and eloquent prose to the exploration of the political situation in India. Roy states that the essays were written in anger, in reaction to certain events (massacres, pogroms, genocide, assassinations, death sentences) and have been reprinted unchanged (although endnotes may have been added). While the significance of many names will be missed by those readers unfamiliar with current affairs in India (this reader included), nonetheless, Roy gets her point across. Although the corruption she writes about is no surprise, her revelations of the judiciary system, genocide, the Kashmir situation and religious tensions may be an eye opener. The conclusion I make from this powerful read is that I am eternally grateful not to be living as a non-Hindu in present-day India. As well as copious endnotes and references, Roy includes a short story, The Briefing, in the Appendix. I wonder, do fans of this amazing author's novel hope in vain for another foray by her into the world of fiction?
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