- File Size: 907 KB
- Print Length: 312 pages
- Publisher: Kriyator (February 20, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 20, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007BMTI7Q
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- Lending: Enabled
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Early Indications Kindle Edition
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In short order we get to learn who the five friends are. The interplay between the five characters is finely drawn. One can imagine there are all sorts of combination of relationships between these five friends. But Shiva is the protagonist, and so the relationships and character descriptions are primarily drawn through his eyes. There is a sixth character - the place - Coimbatore. There is a deluge of books on the world stage from India these days. Most are set in the big metros of Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta. Even this author's previous novel was set in big South Indian metro of Chennai. This one is set in a smaller city - but the places' vibrance and uniqueness is intriguingly brought out. (Look out for the funny reference to Japanese Cake...!).
A good novel has an arc and a propulsion - by zeroing in on Shiva, Rohit and Sarita - the story finds its centre of gravity. As I was traversing the arc of the plot, I was wondering where the respective destinies of the characters would lead them. The ending is realistic, but with a surprising and provocative meditation on the nature of redemption.
There is a significant level of humor integrated into the writing and the vividness of the incidents that shape the characters life are quite well drawn. The internal conflicts of the characters, I found quite remarkable. Particularly those with innocence lost.
One feature worth noting is the literary references that abound in this book, including chapter titles.
Stepping back, the story leaves the characters at the half-time of their lives. The die has been cast. I thought of the 'Rabbit' series by John Updike in this regard. Updike captures the quintessential suburbanite American life - in that series you see the first act, the second act and the final act of Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, who by sheer coincidence is a basketball player much like one of the central characters in this book (Rohit).
Whether or not the author takes up the baton like Updike in sketching out a longer arc of these characters' lives, the reader is free to imagine that perhaps Early Indications can and do lead to Later Indications!
Though not a murder and suspense novel, it has the same effect of being a page turner, and I just could not put it down.
If you like R K Narayan's works or even Chetan Bhagat's, you will thoroughly enjoy `Early Indications'. This book certainly is an early indication of great works we can expect from the author!
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