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Arresting God in Kathmandu Paperback – August 2, 2001
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The suppression of libido under the guise of morality and duty, the recklessness of Nepali youth under the seize of alcohol and the male chauvinism as the core of hindu culture, this book serves the kaleidoscopic purpose not only to view and judge the Nepali society, but also to understand and wonder the complexity of human mind and the conditioning of social surroundings. And in this regard, this book has a universal message and can appeal to all those who desire to understand other fellow beings.
The book primarily focuses on relationships between men and women. I say relationship as most of the protagonists depicted are together via arranged marriage and it would not be accurate to call these "love" stories per se.
One of the best features of the novel is the fact it looks at this aspect of Nepali life from the viewpoint of a variety of social stations of Nepali society--from the famous to the forgotten-and does an admirable job of delineating how the dictates and mores of the society burden it's people at all levels and how some are able to avoid/mitigate those effects.
Unfortunately, this limited focus also leads to the major weakness of the book, a somewhat repetitive mantra effect-you feel you've been here before, perhaps one too many times. However, for the most part, the stories are well written and the characters sufficiently engaging that this is in fact a rather minor glitch in the over all context of things.
Nepal is currently a country in social and political upheaval-and hints of that turmoil are introduced fleetingly here and there throughout the text. I personally would have enjoyed a bit more development along those lines as, I suspect, I, like most Americans, are limited in their knowledge of Nepal to what I've read about Mt. Everest climbing expeditions, a topic never even hinted at I this text.Read more ›
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I love world literature and was hoping that I could get swept up in this book this summer. Unfortunately, I found it repetitive and a burden to finish. Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by Jessica
The title of this book aroused my curiosity; how could anyone possibly arrest God? I decided to satisfy my curiosity, it being unlikely that the author of Buddha's Orphans would... Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by watzizname
I have worked with dozens of people from Nepal and know that they are very spiritual people and forms of God are present with them all times. Read morePublished on August 9, 2009 by Joseph H. Race
Though this book exlpores the changing face of Nepal as other readers have suggested I thought most stories weren't especially real. The stories did not really sink in. Read morePublished on February 25, 2004
It's a great book that portrays the social reality of Nepal in a story form.
Congratulation to Samrat for the superb book that he has given to us. Read more