Another Country

Another Country A superb second novel from the author of the multiple award winning Saraswati Park They d discussed it earlier in the days of their friendship the need to reach a certain phase in one s life to beco

  • Title: Another Country
  • Author: Anjali Joseph
  • ISBN: 9780007462773
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A superb second novel from the author of the multiple award winning Saraswati Park They d discussed it earlier, in the days of their friendship the need to reach a certain phase in one s life, to become a householder, to enter the world and leave behind the selfish days of youth Paris, London, Bombay three cities form a backdrop to a journey through Leela s twenties atA superb second novel from the author of the multiple award winning Saraswati Park They d discussed it earlier, in the days of their friendship the need to reach a certain phase in one s life, to become a householder, to enter the world and leave behind the selfish days of youth Paris, London, Bombay three cities form a backdrop to a journey through Leela s twenties at the dawn of the new millennium, as she learns to negotiate the world, work, relationships and sex, and find some measure of authenticity Sharp, funny, and melancholy, Another Country brings a cool eye to friendship, love, and the idea of belonging in its movements through old and new worlds As with her debut, Saraswati Park 2010 , which won the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Betty Trask Prize and India s Vodafone Crossword Prize, Anjali Joseph s beautiful, clear writing captures exactly both emotions and surroundings.

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    1. Hmm, what can I possibly write about this book? I read Anjali Joseph’s Another Country because it was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. Against my better judgement, I finished it because it was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Prize.This is what they say about it: Paris, London, Bombay: three cities form a backdrop to a journey through Leela’s twenties at the dawn of the new millennium, as she learns to negotiate the world, work, relationships and sex, and find some measure [...]

    2. This book reminded me of my own life, sigh. I loved this sentence: "Leela felt dazed, as though someone had said, ‘Bombay? You like Bombay?’ and then forced her to sit down and eat the entire city, spread out on a conveyor belt."

    3. In the red corner in this year’s battle for the MAN Asian Prize, Qian Xiaohong, fiery heroine of Sheng Keyi’s 'Northern Girls', a girl who thinks nothing of engaging in hand-to-hand combat with the creaking might of the Chinese state as part of her irrepressible quest to wring the most from life.In the blue corner, Leela, a rootless twentysomething who is the star – although that is probably too strong a word – of Anjali Joseph’s tale of nothing-much-really, 'Another Country'.The thoug [...]

    4. Just raced through this one, the plot lacks depth and throughout the book we just keep moving at random with the lead girl from one man to the next or one from job to the other. I failed to grasp the intent behind this book and what the author was really trying to say.

    5. I found Another Country to be a lacklustre and dull bag of wind. Joseph’s novel is tedious bordering on monotonous. The reviewers who heap praise on this piece of nonsense must either be friend and family of the author or paid to pretend the loved the novel or read something else entirely.Part of the attraction of Another Country is the fact part of the novel is set in Paris. Paris is my favourite city in the world. The missus took me there for a week’s holiday for our 5th Anniversary in 201 [...]

    6. The writing is wonderful and I really enjoyed the little details Joseph puts into her books, obvious inclusions from a little black notebook where she jots down her various observations and perceptions of the world. Another country speaks to me of dislocation and the vividly described disorientation of a young woman who lives out of suitcase and is constantly hoping to fit in somewhere without trying too hard to. Leela seems to lightly attach herself to locations, friends and boyfriends so that [...]

    7. I took this book on holiday, looking forward to a bit of relaxing reading about life in different countries. The reviews given did not match the content of the book however. I have moved around a bit myself and could not identify with the character much. I also consistently struggled to know when or where the narrative was taking place.It was so depressing, jumping around from one description of a social encounter which the main character had negative feelings about to the next. There was disapp [...]

    8. Written 99% (except for one puzzling brief train journey) from the point of view of Leela, a young Indian girl, educated in the UK, and living first in Paris, then London, and then Mumbai, this book remains a bit of a mystery to me. Leela can't seem to settle anywhere and drifts in and out of relationships where she serially fails to connect with any partner. Well-written, although at times hastily paced compared to Saraswati Park, which I enjoyed more. Worth checking out in any case.

    9. umm must admit i struggled with this not much of a plot but quite enjoyed the visits to Paris and Bombay as of different cultures but it was just drifting along basically between jobs boyfriends and cultures but then maybe thAT IS WHAT WE DO ALOT IN LIFE DRIFT BUT YOU dont really want to read about it in a book so quite pleased with self that I got to the end I bet many people do not !!! oh well next !!

    10. Leela plods from Paris to London to Mumbai, doing, pretty much, nothing remarkable. Apart from some beautiful imagery (in the literary sense) the narrative here is seriously wanting. Very much wanted to like this book because, I thought, poor Leela must have something for her life to say. Sadly, she was mute, at best. One star for a chuckle, and another for a genuine put-the-book-down giggle. Otherwise, I'm not recommending this in a hurry to anyone.

    11. I found this book a little slow? Boring? I struggled to connect with the main character who flitted from one man to another, she seemed a little desperate. I have honestly struggled to remember what actually happened in the book, which is a shame as, not having read her previous novel, she writes well. But I found the storyline lacklustre and forgettable

    12. Really enjoyed the writing and the setting of this book but the lead character got on my nerves and I just couldn't get myself to empathise with her.

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