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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Archipelago; Tra edition (November 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780982624616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982624616
  • ASIN: 0982624611
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,195,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . Mellow and seductive . . . Just as Chekhov's characters are caught between up-to-date Western ways and retrograde Slavic manners, in the same way these colonial Indians are torn between an English forthrightness and a thoroughly Bengali muted sensuality. —Edmund White

It's just got the right feel . . . . At once innocent and overwhelmingly passionate, in the manner of first love . . . A novel of delicate ideas and nuances. To capture them with the right touch of lightness couldn't have been easy, yet Sinha does just that. —Mint

A magical and totally entertaining volume—Sinha has caught Bose's dynamic and unfetted style admirably. —India Today

That My Kind of Girl—a classic modernist tale of four passengers stranded in a railway-station waiting room at night, recounting stories of lost loves - is engrossing is thanks not only to Sinha's abilities, but to the quality of Bose's narrative, which, unlike his earlier, Calcutta-based masterpiece, Tithidore (1949), inhabits a lighter, more Maupassant-like manner instead. —Rosinka Chaudhari

. . . Bose's charming and chatty prose provides us with tales as entertaining as either of those of its predecessors. . . My Kind of Girl . . . is another fine addition to Archipelago's growing impressive list of world literature. —Rain Taxi

Masterful. . . . Superbly translated . . . Bose's remarkable talent of throwing his characters' voices and at the same time inhabiting their skin is on full display in this slim, moving book. —Hindustan Times

Wonderfully decadent. . . . [Written] with consummate mastery. . . . A gem of delight. . . . Bose stokes the embers of the story alive till the last page. —Indian Express

About the Author

Buddhadeva Bose (1908–74), one of the most celebrated Bengali writers of the twentieth century, was a central figure in the Bengali modernist movement. Bose wrote numerous novels, short story collections, plays, essays, and volumes of poetry. He was also the acclaimed translator of Baudelaire, Hölderin, and Rilke into Bengali. Bose was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan in 1970. 

Arunava Sinha has translated Mani Sankar Mukherji¢s Chowringhee and The Middleman, Moti Nandy's Striker Stopper, and is currently translating Buddhadeva Bose's magnum opus, Tithidore.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles D. Klingman on January 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book is a frame narrative, in which four traveling strangers take a sentimental journey into their own pasts, to share their reminiscence of a special love in their past.

Each account wonderfully evokes a time of innocence, sweetness, and youth, in which the focus of one's life was on one's love, and at a time in life in which the traveler was as yet unaffected by the cares of parenthood, heavy duty, or mature responsibility.

This book is a delightful, compelling read.

This book would make a wonderful gift for anyone who will be celebrating a romantic occasion, considering one's own young loves, thinking about the meaning of passion and ardor, or, ultimately, considering the meanings of one's own life and the journeys it has taken.

The book is a must read for any reader, from young adult on.

Moreover, the sweetness of the book marks it as a book that can be read by all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Lim on December 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Translated from Bengali, 4 men, strangers stranded in a waiting room when their train is delayed, pass the time by telling a story from their past of a girl they had loved and lost, loved from afar, or loved and won. Very well written and the stories are captivating. I loved the way the stories unfolded.
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