- File Size: 570 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: Akashic Books (February 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006MGL6PE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's always a challenge to adequately review a short story collection, especially when the stories are each by a different author, because the quality of the stories can vary so widely. That's why I normally don't review them. I made an exception for Mumbai Noir because I am intrigued by all things Indian and try to read as much about that country and its people as I can.
The stories in Mumbai Noir are definitely focused on the darker side of the city, as the title implies. Some are morality tales and some are just melancholy. Overall, I found them entertaining and enlightening. There were a few stories about hirjas, which are sort of like what Westerners think of as transgendered people but not quite. I enjoyed these stories in particular because the hirja culture is both fascinating and confusing to me and I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about it.
There were two stories that I didn't understand at all - At Leopold Cafe and They. At Leopold Cafe is a Twilight Zone type story that has something to do with a fountain of youth elixir that was confusing to me. It jumped back and forth in time and I couldn't follow it. They is a detective story about a murder in a gym. I couldn't follow the detective's logic as far as how he figured out who the killer was.
A lot of the stories reference historical events in India that I don't have a good knowledge in yet. I was still able to enjoy them but probably would have gotten more out of them if I was more familiar with Indian history. There was a glossary of terms in the back which I appreciated. Most of the unfamiliar words could be found there but not all of them.
Overall, I think this is a book worth reading if you like stories about the dark and seedy side of big cities.
The collection establishes a fine sense of place, readers get a good sense of life in Mumbai. It is a dirty, crowded, polluted place with cybercafes, lots of traffic, a wide spectrum of class, suspicious alleys and history of terrorism. Some people are well-educated and others right off the farm. In most cases the stories are well-written ( some cliche hard-boiled PEs).
It would have been a good idea for the editor to include a back page Hindi translation guide. Some of the Hindi items were clothes or knick-knacks and most obviously food but it would have been nice to know if the characters were chowing down spiced potatoes, powdery sweet donuts, or fried okra.
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Bought this because I lived in Bombay, and to read the story of my mystery writing pal, Smita Jain. Intriguing concept for a book of short stories and for a series of books.Published 11 months ago by Harley Mazuk
Almost all of the stories in this collection were interesting and gave me a insightful glimpse into contemporary Indian urban consciousness and lives.Published on March 30, 2013 by Theia111
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