- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3892 KB
- Print Length: 179 pages
- Publisher: Context (20 February 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0774SZB6K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 275 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat Kindle Edition
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“Poonachi is a classic Perumal Murugan novel, empathetically illuminating lives of quiet dignity overrun by subjugation and hardship... It’s a bleak coming-of-age tale that recalls classics like Black Beauty and Watership Down. Like those novels, the social and political commentaries in Poonachi are veiled behind a tale that is ostensibly about goats… Murugan’s style, as always, is sparse. Born into a family of Gounder farmers in the Kongu region of Tamil Nadu, he effortlessly evokes the sights, sounds and smells of the place…”
- Mint Lounge--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Perumal Murugan is the author of six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry in Tamil. Three of his novels have been translated into English: Seasons of the Palm, which was shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize in 2005, Current Show and One Part Woman. He was a professor of Tamil at the Government Arts College in Namakkal before taking to writing full-time.
N. Kalyan Raman is a Chennai-based translator of contemporary Tamil fiction and poetry into English. He has published ten volumes of Tamil fiction in translation, working with a range of authorial voices and has also translated and published over 200 poems by leading contemporary Tamil poets in journals and anthologies from India and abroad. He also regularly contributes essays, reviews and articles on literature, culture and public policy. In February 2017, he received the prestigious Pudumaipithan award, given by Vilakku, for his contribution to Tamil literature through his translations.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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There's an old saying that the regime is deaf.
It's deaf only when we speak about our problems. When we talk about the regime, it's ears are quite sharp."
Poonachi is my first ever novel by Perumal Murugan.
Poonachi is my first ever translated novel.
Poonachi is also my first ever regional novel.
Poonachi is the story of a weak, orphan and miracle baby goat who looks like a black kitten, hence the name, Poonachi. It’s a story based on a unique and imaginary theme with anthromorphisation which starts with struggles of Poonachi to stay alive. A stranger gives Poonachi to an old man and his wife, old woman starts taking care of her. Poonachi doesn’t know her biological mother; other nanny goats are not ready to feed her; old couple is too poor to buy milk or anything else to feed her; she barely escapes from a mysterious animal attack. The old woman struggles to keep her alive and in the middle of all these hardships, develops a special bond with Poonachi; like a mother- daughter relationship. As the story progresses, Poonachi fights against all odds and lives a life where she goes through a lot of ups and downs, experiences love and loss; sees loved one killed and sacrificed. At one point she becomes the Miracle goat and the same miracle takes her life!
Though it might look like a simple story of a goat, it’s much more than that. First of all, yes it is centered on animals and that’s why you will notice only animals have names and humans are just called, old man, old woman, their daughter and so on. So basically no human names. Characterization is very detailed and strong, they surely will stay with you for a long time.
Through this unique and offbeat fiction, Murugan has raised some serious social and political issues in a not so subtle manner. You will see themes like gender and racial discrimination, oppression, injustice of government, social hierarchy and satire on all of these! The narration is quite simple, may be because of translation.
Overall, it’s a thought provoking masterpiece which is definitely recommended for those who are not afraid to explore the real and dismal side of the world. It will keep you engaged till the end. Promise!
My Rating: 4.5/5
This masterpiece by Murugal needs to be read. The narration was brilliant. The village scenario, the old thatched house of the old couple, the fields, the forests, everything was so beautifully depicted. The mention of the colour ‘black’ holds a deep meaning. It represents discrimination. Ironically, none of the human characters were given a name but every goat had a name. Although, it was a small book, I could not complete it in one sitting. And it is not a book to be completed in one sitting. You will feel all kinds of emotions while reading this book. And surprised, as to how a book written on the life of a goat can make such a remarkable impression on you. The book left me all teary eyed. I read the translated version but, if you can read in Tamil, go for the original one. Just buy the book and give it a read.
After a very long time i have read a book which i can actually call a page turner.❤
The book is about the journey of Poonanchi from birth to her last moments.
Poonachi, goes through all the ups and downs in her life, just like a human being. Her conversations with her loved ones, her anger for the one's she doesnt like, every emotion she has, is shown.
This was the first translated book that I read and I am in love with it.