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Then the absurdity of the situation strikes him. The preposterousness of his images, the foolishness of his feelings, the comicality of chasing currents that skim across Padmini's face. He thinks how absurd this whole trip has been, how absurd is the presence of the two of them in Lonavala, how absurd is the scenery itself that stretches before them. He thinks of poor, ridiculous Mr. Jalal, waiting back in Bombay for his Fiat, and of how Padmini will react when he asks her to buy them petrol so they can get back.Vishnu also recalls his secret passion for Kavita Asrani, the beautiful teenage daughter of one of the families for whom he works. Given the protagonist's focus on his hapless love life, the scope of Suri's dazzling debut may appear narrow. However, the apartment house upon whose floor Vishnu spends his final hours functions as a microcosm of Indian society. It helps to know even a smattering about Hindu mythology or India's religious conflicts. But even if you don't, there is plenty to relish in The Death of Vishnu, with its comical, richly drawn characters, loving attention to the details of everyday life, and provocative exploration of destiny and free will. --Regina Marler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The opening of this novel is one of my all time favorites. The first three sentences read:
"Not wanting to arouse Vishnu in case he hadn't died yet, Mrs. Read more
This book is excellent. Buy it if you enjoy fiction that focuses on the Indian culture.Published 6 months ago by Skyy Sutton
Nice and well put together the English of vocabulary was so advance had to Google half of the words. But I want to no did kavita tell the officer the truth?Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I originally read this book in 2004 or some time around then and it did not make too much of an impression on me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric Green
I loved this book . Such an interesting story. Well written and informational as well, learning about different cultures .
I couldn't put it down
I realized being assigned this that perhaps this would not have been my first choice but what is interesting about this novel is learning about the Hindu culture and it's religion. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mary_e5
What a brilliant story! Beautifully written. Captivating. Deserves all the accolades, adjectives and adverbs you would want to attribute to a great book.Published 17 months ago by elle'n
Very accurate descriptions of the era, place and people but takes too long to get to the crux of th book. I found myself skipping over paragraphs to get to the colour. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ann Dery