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The Last Burden

D stay in the family home an old friend Kasturi now married and pregnant who has returned to the city that she associates with JamunFlitting back and forth in time and space and writing in a language of unsurpassed richness and power Upamanyu Chatterjee presents a funny bitterly accurate and vivid portrait of the awesome burden of family tie. Indian people are excellent story teller Well most of them

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A fascinating portrayal of life in an Indian middle class family by the best selling author of English AugustUpamanyu Chatterjee’s second novel brilliantly recreates life in an average Indian family at the end of the twentieth century Jamun the central character is a young man unmarried adrift He stays away from his family which comprises. A Bengali family Shyamanand and Urmila sons Barfi and Jamun and their grandsons also named after sweets The story is simple family ties and how they relate to each other R

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His parents Urmila and Shyamanand his elder brother Burfi his sister in law Joyce his two nephews and the children’s ayah Jamun returns to the family when his mother is hospitalized Once there he decides to stay on until one of his ailing parent dies He barely admits to himself that there is another probably stronger reason for his extende. Dyspeptic bloated vocabulary encroaches throughout and poisons and vitiates the dialogue Characters are petty and cramped onto a claustrophobic stage Through some fortuito


About the Author: Upamanyu Chatterjee

Upamanyu Chatterjee is an Indian author and administrator noted for his works set in the Indian Administrative Service He has been named Officier des Arts et des Lettres Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government



9 thoughts on “The Last Burden

  1. says:

    I do not remember why did I choose to read UC May be because I heard a lot about his pompous prose In any case th

  2. says:

    A Bengali family Shyamanand and Urmila sons Barfi and Jamun and their grandsons also named after sweets The story is simple family ties and how they relate to each other Realistic though Chatterjee is great with funny laugh

  3. says:

    A beautiful journey through the trials and tribulations of a family full of strive frustration and small joys Very evocative excellent use of language and realistic this book is a gem

  4. says:

    A beautiful book which will definitely touch your heart

  5. says:

    I have read many stories about Indian families from Indian authors This story lacked heart Maybe because it was

  6. says:

    Dyspeptic bloated vocabulary encroaches throughout and poisons and vitiates the dialogue Characters are petty and cramped onto a claustrophobic stage Through some fortuitous conjuration empathy oozes through about two hundred pages inAn big kiss off to the 'indian family'

  7. says:

    A verbose rendition of a typical Indian middle class description of a generation by the generation's greatest author

  8. says:

    Indian people are excellent story teller Well most of them

  9. says:

    middle class existence

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