- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review (1 January 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747259690
- ISBN-13: 978-0747259695
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,67,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found Paperback – 1 Jan 2008
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Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award
Pick of the Week - 'If there's been a more striking snapshot of the changing face of Asia, I've never read it. With energy, wit and endless reserves of empathy, Maximum City leaves you desperate to see Bombay for yourself...'
'... it is Mehta's enthusiastic and intrepid self at the centre of his narrative that lends his account its appeal and memorable poetic charge.'
'Mehta's extraordinary, and extraordinarily rich book, is both testimony and warning; a snapshot of a city full of vitality and hate.'
About the Author
Bombay's story is told through the lives, often desperately near the edge, of some of the people who live there. Hitmen, dancing girls, cops, movie stars, poets, beggars and politicians - Suketu looked at the city through their eyes.
The complex texture of these extraordinary tales is threaded together by Suketu Mehta's own history of growing up in Bombay and returning to live there after a 21-year absence, and in looking through the eyes of his found the city within himself.
Part memoir, part journalism, part travelogue, and written with the relentless observation and patience of a novelist, Maximum City is a brilliantly illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people - a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself.
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If there is one city that one can have a torrid love affair with, which leaves you trembling with passion one minute and cursing it’s very existence the next, It has to be “Mumbai” or “Bombay”. Suketu Mehta’s “Maximum City” is the chronicles of his relationship with Mumbai, and we all know like most passionate love affairs, this one is doomed. The book offers an almost voyeuristic views of Mumbai and the millions of people who inhabit it.
The author who is a son of a diamond merchant moves from Mumbai to the US with his family as a teenager. He pines for Mumbai and everything that was familiar. He finally decides to come back to Mumbai and to build a life but is met with stiff resistance from the city that was once his own. From fixing his house to make it liveable to getting his children enrolled in school or getting a phone connection, it is all a struggle and his exasperation is almost palpable.
The city of ‘No’s where the answer to every question is a No and the city of extremes where extreme poverty and wealth cohabit, it leaves everyone who enters it exhausted and breathless.
We journey into the world of glittering dance bars, corrupt politicians, and the menacing underworld that call Mumbai home. There are so many stories and experiences described in the book that some would seem unreal to any who has never had a taste of Mumbai. The author catches the pulse of Mumbai, and one can hear it beating page by page.
The city suffers from a multiple identity crisis, and it seems to rub off even on the people who inhabit it. You feel like you are on a roller coaster ride of extreme emotions that change as you read each page. The language is clear and coherent, and the ‘Mumbaiya’ slang touched a chord. A magnificent read that will have a place on my bookshelf for as long as I am away from home.
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The book is of disastrous quality
Please don't by the paper back version .