Voices in the city

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Voices in the city

  1. 1. Book Review
  2. 2. Content The book- Voices in the CityThe book- Voices in the City The author- Anita DesaiThe author- Anita Desai Characters of the storyCharacters of the story About the storyAbout the story
  3. 3. The book- Voices in theCity Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd.Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd. Publication date:1965Publication date:1965 ISBN :ISBN :0-7206-9542-20-7206-9542-2 // 978-0-7206-978-0-7206-9542-79542-7 (UK edition)(UK edition) Language: EnglishLanguage: English
  4. 4. The Author- Anita Desai Born – In Mussoorie, India in 1937Born – In Mussoorie, India in 1937 An novelist and Professor of Humanities atAn novelist and Professor of Humanities atthe Massachusetts Institute of Technology.the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has received many prestigious awardsShe has received many prestigious awardsfor her novels.for her novels. Her works like Fire on the Mountain, ClearHer works like Fire on the Mountain, ClearLight of Day, The Village By The Sea, InLight of Day, The Village By The Sea, InCustody, Fasting-FeastingCustody, Fasting-Feasting Her latest novel, The Zigzag Way, is set inHer latest novel, The Zigzag Way, is set in2020t ht h-century Mexico-century Mexico
  5. 5. Characters of the story Three siblings- Amla, Nirode, Monisha,Three siblings- Amla, Nirode, Monisha,ArunArun Dharma- a painterDharma- a painter David GunneyDavid Gunney Jiban- Monisha’s husbandJiban- Monisha’s husband Aunt LilaAunt Lila Jit NairJit Nair Sonny- a minor characterSonny- a minor character
  6. 6. About the story Based on the life of the middle classBased on the life of the middle classintellectuals of Calcuttaintellectuals of Calcutta It is an unforgettable story of a BohemianIt is an unforgettable story of a Bohemianbrother and his two sisters caught in thebrother and his two sisters caught in thecrosscurrents of changing social valuescrosscurrents of changing social values In many ways the story reflects a vividIn many ways the story reflects a vividpicture of Indias social transition - a phasepicture of Indias social transition - a phasein which the older elements are notin which the older elements are notaltogether dead, and the emergent onesaltogether dead, and the emergent onesnot fully evolved.not fully evolved.
  7. 7. About the story The novel describes the bitter effects ofThe novel describes the bitter effects ofthe urban living upon an Indian familythe urban living upon an Indian family Brought up in luxury and magnificence byBrought up in luxury and magnificence byan over indulgent mother, Nirode settlesan over indulgent mother, Nirode settlesdown in Calcutta and becomes engrosseddown in Calcutta and becomes engrossedin its bohemian life, while his elder sister,in its bohemian life, while his elder sister,Monisha lives out a servile existenceMonisha lives out a servile existencewithin the rigid and stiff confines ofwithin the rigid and stiff confines ofa traditional Hindu family.a traditional Hindu family.
  8. 8. About the story Amla sees the city as a monster, NirodeAmla sees the city as a monster, Nirodesacrifices everything for his career, and Monishasacrifices everything for his career, and Monishacannot bear her stifling existence in thecannot bear her stifling existence in thehousehold of a wealthy old Calcutta family.household of a wealthy old Calcutta family. This creation of Anita Desai is set in theThis creation of Anita Desai is set in thebackdrop of contemporary Calcutta.backdrop of contemporary Calcutta. The central character Nirode is aThe central character Nirode is ajournalist here, so the readersjournalist here, so the readerssee the place with his eyes andsee the place with his eyes anddifferent corners of the city has comedifferent corners of the city has comeup with a journalistic point of view.up with a journalistic point of view.
  9. 9. About the story Symbolism is being portrayed artistically inSymbolism is being portrayed artistically inthis storythis story Several important incidents have beenSeveral important incidents have beendescribed through symbolismdescribed through symbolism

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