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10 thoughts on “The Living

  1. says:

    The title and the blurb aptly describe the book so nothing much of the story from my partWhat I would like to say is that it is a slow moving book and the pace slows down as it proceeds and towards the end there are a few loose ends which we can interpret or built upon in our own wayThe two protagonists of this story are Claire a young British woman and Arun an old Indian man who live in their own countries and the onl

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    “Don't cry because it's over smile because it happened” Dr SeussAnjali Joseph an award winning Indian author pens her new novel The Living that unfolds the story of two characters' daily lives their past mistakes their shortcomings and the

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    There are books that the reader finishes and fails to see the Author's point or what the publisher saw Any of the parties could be at fault but this book was one suchThe book narrates two parallel tales Claire working in a shoe factory in Britain is a single mom of a teenager Her monochrome life is stifling and so she tries to find spark in

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    I thought this was very uiet beautiful and impressively strange It reminded me of Knausgaard in the sense that it's about how life is lived about how nothing really happens and how that could make you feel kind of ennui ish and frantic And I liked how the two parallel novellas didn't forcefully try to impose any links bet

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    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a strange book to read Not bad just not entirely complete It is the story of two people a single mum in England and an elderly grandfather in India There is no connection between them though I did search for one and they never meet they just share the profession of making shoes That missing link was the first thing that both

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    The story of two people running in parallel one in England the other in India Claire a single mother who works in a shoe factory one of the last ones in England Arun is a worker making chappals slippers in KolhapurThe book is a recounting of th

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    25 starsClaire’s story was okay but I couldn’t get into the parts with Arun The two halves seemed very disjointed shoes wasn’t enough of a concept to bind them together

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    Living is a gift though each of us has trials and tribulations Leading a dull unvarying life is a choiceFlexibility and willingness to experience change and growth is anotherClaire a shoe factory worker in England and Arun a chappal maker in India both have uneventful lives The story alternates between these two voices and enumerates the choices they felt should have been made to control their destiniesThe dig

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    Two alternate lives Claire working in a shoe factory in England and Arun working as a chappal maker which is featured on the cover in Kohalpur He is just doing what his father and grandfather before him did Both characters l

  10. says:

    Anjali Joseph’s third novel tells two tenuously connected stories of two dissimilar people living thousands of miles apart Thirty something Claire lives in Norwich England with her teenage son Jason and works in a shoe fa

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free download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¶ Anjali Joseph

R he had years earlierThese lives are woven through with the ongoing discipline of work and the responsibility and tedium of family life Lives laced with the joys of old friendship the pleasure of sex and the redemptive kindness of one’s own children This is the story of the livin. Two alternate lives Claire working in a shoe factory in England and Arun working as a chappal maker which is featured on the cover in Kohalpur He is just doing what his father and grandfather before him did Both characters lead humdrum lives and both wonder what would have happened if things had worked out differently in their respective worldsI unfortunately did not understand that the book was portraying the two lives and the workings of the mind of the characters till the very end The portrayal of daily life the humdrum and the extraordinary were both depicted in detail

characters The Living

The Living

There is a certain number of breaths each of us has to take and no amount of care or carelessness can alter thatThis is the story of two lives Claire is a young single mother working in one of England’s last surviving shoe factories her adult life formed by a teenage relationship. There are books that the reader finishes and fails to see the Author s point or what the publisher saw Any of the parties could be at fault but this book was one suchThe book narrates two parallel tales Claire working in a shoe factory in Britain is a single mom of a teenager Her monochrome life is stifling and so she tries to find spark in affairs only to be disappointed or guiltyThe other track is of Arun the last of the Kolhapuri chappal makers His sons and grandsons have moved on With age related diseases guilt over past regrets and nostalgia he carries on living with nothing to look forward toThe book starts of well alright with lot of uotable uotes on ennui Sample this I thought to myself something I often thought at that time when anything went wrong whatever it was and then when it stopped at least for a bit Well that passed the time But then like a elementary kid with a stage fright the book meanders away into unintelligible ramblings Had hoped for a better book

free download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¶ Anjali Joseph

Is she ready to move on from memory and the routine of her days Arun an older man in a western Indian town makes hand sewn chappals at home A recovered alcoholic now a grandfather he negotiates the newfound indignities of old age while returning in thought to the extramarital affai. I thought this was very uiet beautiful and impressively strange It reminded me of Knausgaard in the sense that it s about how life is lived about how nothing really happens and how that could make you feel kind of ennui ish and frantic And I liked how the two parallel novellas didn t forcefully try to impose any links between the characters and their lives apart from the fact that they re both shoemakers you could draw your own conclusions about how they are connected Some people walk uite evenly but not many I ve noticed not many Most of us shuffle along in our own strange way not giving it attention 82 As I shouted I wanted I remember to weep at the idea of having to be a grown up 105 And then she said I decided that I would never be unhappy again that I would just expect nothing from life but just enjoy whatever I could a cool breeze clean clothes walking to school or being alone If bad things happened I knew they would pass I knew I would live a long life But I also knew I couldn t depend on anyone or anything to be happy She looked at me again and her eyes were clear and warning It s a choice she said 107 I had the feeling I had floated above everything the factory line of my existence failing to feel that I belonged in my life 119