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The Smoke is Rising by [Rao, Mahesh]
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'An auspicious debut - its comedy is dry and biting, its perceptiveness acute, and its picture of India ringingly truthful’ Neel Mukherjee

'Excellent. A fascinating drama of Mysore’s halting journey into an uncertain future . . . it left me wanting more’ Guardian

'Flawlessly elegant prose’ Mint

'Rao’s book enlightens as much as it entertains’ Hindu Business Line

'The medieval and the modern India are depicted here as co-existing, and Rao has succeeded in capturing this with delicacy and insight.’ Times Literary Supplement

'A subtle, tender and withering portrait of a society in confused transition. This is an exceptionally accomplished novel.’ Siddhartha Deb

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The future is here. India has just sent its first spacecraft to the moon, and the placid city of Mysore is gearing up for its own global recognition with the construction of HeritageLand - Asia’s largest theme park. From behind the formidable gates of Mahalakshmi Gardens to the shanty houses on the edge of town, the people of Mysore are abuzz as they watch their city prepare for a complete transformation. Susheela, an elderly widow, is forced into a secretive new life. Uma, trying to escape her painful past, learns the lasting power of local gossip. And Mala must finally confront the reality of her husband's troubling behaviour. Savagely funny and deeply poignant, The Smoke is Rising is a riveting portrait of a city hurtling toward an epic clash of modernity and tradition, and all the wandering souls - some hopeful, some broken, and a few somewhere in between - who find themselves caught in the middle. ‘A darkly comic novel . . . Rao veers between sharp, economic dialogue that can be both hilarious and disquieting, and set-piece extravaganzas crammed with colour.’ - Spectator ‘An auspicious debut - its comedy is dry and biting, its perceptiveness acute, and its picture of India ringingly truthful.’ - Neel Mukherjee ‘The medieval and the modern India are depicted here as co-existing, and Rao has succeeded in capturing this with delicacy and insight.’ - Times Literary Supplement ‘A subtle, tender and withering portrait of a society in confused transition. This is an exceptionally accomplished novel.’ - Siddartha Deb

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Daunt Books (16 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IC93WGK
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4.0 out of 5 stars Had to get this book for my Literature class. ... 9 December 2014
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Had to get this book for my Literature class. The first few chapters were a little of a drag to read for me since I needed to read it in order to complete my last paper of the class however, after reading a book multiple times and being able to analyze a few aspects of the book I have come to enjoying it a bit more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It contains realistic and savagely funny portrayals from all strata of society - nouveau riche 13 June 2015
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A superb debut novel set in Mysore. It contains realistic and savagely funny portrayals from all strata of society - nouveau riche, the people at the bottom of the pile, the politicians, the middle class people with middling ambitions, the aging middle class parents with children who are global jet-setters. It is rather surprising that Mysore never had an author writing about it after the demise of Raja Rao and R.K.Narayan. Mysore needed an author like Mahesh Rao sorely. Superbly written, the prose is like Mysore and its people - understated, stylish but never pretentious. The Mysore in this novel is a mix of fact and fiction - the author superbly draws out the old world charm of Mysore and a darkly comic collision with the new age.
Hope Mahesh continues his adventures set in Mysore. I'm looking forward to the next installment of his work. A glossary of the Kannada terms used could have been useful but in the age of google translate possibly inconsequential. It's a superb read.
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