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Nepali writer Upadhyay's stories (following last year's novel The Guru of Love) are set in the urban environment of modern-day Katmandu, where people's lives advance, or not, in the shadow of the country's turmoil. The title story takes place in June 2001, on the day Nepali Crown Prince Dipendra murdered his entire family before killing himself; its focus, however, is a rough-around-the-edges taxi driver coming to terms with his brother's homosexuality and his own intense loneliness. In "A Refugee," Pitamber offers to take Kabita and her daughter into his home and family after Maoist rebels killed her husband; his kindness backfires when he generous act alienates him from his son, wife and even another family he was trying to help. Other stories further illuminate the domestic side of Nepali life: in "The Wedding Hero," a wealthy bachelor decides to spend his money hosting a large wedding for two poor servants; his well-intentioned meddling doesn't lead to a happy ending for anyone, including the lower-class couple. Upadhyay's not-so-simple stories are lucid and often luminous. (Feb.)
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Upadhyay, author of a previous stellar short story collection and the novel The Guru of Love (2003), continues to draw on the cultural lushness of Kathmandu and grapple with Nepal's bloody political turmoil in stories of breathtaking lucidity. A master at depicting strained relationships, Upadhyay is especially adept at revealing how the conflicts of the greater world--in this case, the violence of Maoist rebels--invade the personal realm. A family's equilibrium is threatened when they give shelter to a young widow whose husband was murdered by the rebels. An unstable young man talks about joining the Maobadi after his father leaves his mother for another woman. An activist falls in love, but his arrest and a disastrous demonstration make romance impossible. And in the title story, one brother finally faces the truth about another on the very day Nepal is rocked by the murders of its royal family. Alluringly matter-of-fact, mesmerizingly supple, and tenderly humorous, Upadhyay's stories at once intimately depict today's Kathmandu and embrace the entire human experience. Donna Seaman
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (February 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129109158
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129109156
  • ASIN: 0618517499
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SAMRAT UPADHYAY is the author of Arresting God in Kathmandu, a Whiting Award winner, The Royal Ghosts, and The Guru of Love, a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. He has written for the New York Times and has appeared on BBC Radio and National Public Radio. Upadhyay directs the creative writing program at Indiana University.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dboralis on April 26, 2006
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The well-written stories in this book are about the difficulty of understanding emotions brought up by complications in relationships with family, friends, and lovers. The protagonists go about their ordinary lives, trying to make sense of the people around them as well as of what is going on inside their own minds: a mother dealing with a schizophrenic son and a husband who left her, a father and the daughter who refuses to obey him despite the affection they share for each other, a political activist who is aware that his actions cause unintended harm. They are well-meaning people who find either themselves or their friends and family acting wayward - behaving in a way that causes pain to both themselves and those around them. They live day to day with motivations and feelings that are difficult to understand and only partly conscious. How they come to a resolution (or live without such a resolution) of the conflicts inside them reveals very human virtues of forgiveness and affection and very human frailties of stubbornness and hypocrisy. The stories' protagonists live in a changing society, and must seek their answers in themselves. That most of them manage to make a decent life in difficult circumstances shows the author's faith in human nature. Still, the pervasive atmosphere is of troubled times.
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By Matthew Stewart on November 11, 2010
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Well written short stories about Nepali life, by a Nepali. The final story concerns the demise of the royal family at the hand of one of their own in 2001 -- not the murders, but the reaction to it by regular people. That sums up the book: life in Nepal, relationships, family and jobs, under the monarchy, with the Maoist uprising's ebbs and flows, as lived by the people of the beautiful country. I love Nepal's terrain, love the people's easygoing attitude about life. This book shows how the people deal with and embrace the life they have.
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I found this book of short stories very interesting as it presented various personal scenarios of average Nepali people. Issues such as homosexuality, father-daughter relationships and victimization of terrorism are portrayed. I am a volunteer with Nepalese speaking Bhutanese refugees in Atlanta and this has added as special insight in to their original culture. A good read and one that allows you to easily empathize and vsiualize the characters. Found some of th endings to be unique and open to discussion.
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