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Revolution 2020 Paperback – October 31, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-8129118806 ISBN-10: 8129118807

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa and Co (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129118807
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129118806
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A well written book.
Pankaj Varma
The language he uses is also day-to-day conversational English in India and thus offers a freshness that usual Indian writing does not do to Indians.
HarryCool
I completed this book in 3 days.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HarryCool on November 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the first time I have read a book which is inspired by Bollywood movies and not the other way round. The talk about Chetan Bhagat writing to inspire the youth of India is misleading. Indians who read English novels are not the types who are going to get inspired by the chick-flick type writing of Bhagat, which apart from the poor literary quality also does not offer any new insights or ideas.

The writer or shall I say the storyteller has picked up an issue which has not received as much entertainment media attention (at least exclusively and directly) as other social issues like poverty, employment or religion/terrorism. He has thus tried to capitalize on the exclusivity of the subject but has failed miserably from the perspective of content.

This is my third book of Chetan Bhagat. The more I read him, the less I like him. Chetan Bhagat at the most is a good "story teller" but definitely not a "writer". His books have a good flow, are fast reads, have a decent sense of humor and quite accurately reflect the landscape it is set in. The language he uses is also day-to-day conversational English in India and thus offers a freshness that usual Indian writing does not do to Indians. Yes, his books are very Indianized! Unfortunately for him and his writing style, one can get the same feel by watching any grounded Indian movie which are in abundance for quite some time now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bhallukie on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having read all the other works of Chetan, This book is definitely not his best. This book has all the traits of chetan's books, easy language, fast pace , regular down to earth characters and not so great ending. I wouldnt expect Chetan to write flowery language with pages of descriptions about things and characters like other Indian authors do. Infact the main reason I avoid reading work by Indian Authors is the tons of boring descriptions about almost everything in the world.
Coming back to the book in review, the story is about two guys and a girl who grow up as friends together from high school. Both guys fall for same girl, and eventually one of them gets the Girl. This love story is in background of the education system in india, how coaching colleges work and how corruption is promoted in politics and various government offices.

Ending is not what you would expect, and is better than all other climaxes that Chetan wrote so far. Characters behave naturally. At times the fight between character Raghav and Gopal reminds me of Ayn Rand's Fountainhead. Readers would find themselves rooting for the bad guy at the end. Main protagonist is too ideal and is not practical in most situations.

I finished reading this book in about 3 days. Very interesting read overall, but not for readers who would look for something very intellectual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steppenwolf on July 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is a romance novel with sprinkles of trite social commentary. It reads like a typical Bollywood movie script. Maybe that was the writer's intent all along. The title has little connection with the main thrust of the story -- a love triangle between three childhood friends set in North India. On the positive side, the story moves along at a decent pace and the backdrop of the story is interesting in the beginning. However, melodrama soon drowns out any redeeming qualities and the story descends into a tired love triangle. The characters look like rough caricatures that you can find in any pot boiler -- the ambitious+poor son taking shortcuts to wealth, an impractical idealist who wants to change the world and a confused flirt who oscillates between the two. There is some college boy humor and a bit of romantic titillation thrown in to hold the reader's interest. Good for a red eye flight where the on board movie selection is poor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dpr on April 7, 2014
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As a Chetan Bhagat fan, this book is very disappointing.It is more of a movie with an average story.The title is misleading & has nothing much todo with the story. The lacune of Indian education system have been portrayed well that is the only positive aspect of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V S Chandrasekhar on March 25, 2014
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The Book is more like Indian cinema and most unlike Chetan Bhagat's book. Thought there will be thought provoking depiction of 3 different characters but this is revolving all about single person's perspective. Disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oracle DBA on December 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is my first novel review on amazon.com . I am not an avid fiction reader, so my review could be biased.

Revolution 2020 set in the backdrop of River Ganga (Ganges), feels more of an exaggerated version of various current events in the Indian sub-continent. This novel has more subtle spicy situations as in popular English romantic novels in many chapters, compared to Chetan's previous works. May be the Indian youth and campuses have progressed to western outlook than ever before.

Revolution 2020 portrays the life of 3 friends from school days till late 20s with more focus on college days and thereafter - a typical triangular love story with 2 boys loving the same girl and the girl getting confused on whom to accept as a friend vs partner. Typical scenarios like - parents trying to influence kids to choose a career and life partner, political influence in every government office, dreams and ambitions of youth etc. will resonate well among readers who are familiar with Indian life styles. The author has been very successful in using current social/political situations in the novel affecting the overall progress of the story. In the end, the reader will be more inclined to cast the vote for the loser in this love race.

Definitely, not the best among all past works of Chetan Bhagat. Worth reading once..will sell well as a bollywood movie also.
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