An Obedient Father

An Obedient Father

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@A stunning novel about family secrets, hailed nationwide @as a masterpiece.@@Ram Karan, a corrupt official in the New Delhi school system, lives in one of the city's slums with his widowed daughter and his little granddaughter. Bumbling, sad, ironic, Ram is also a man corroded by a terrible secret. With the assassination of the politician Rajiv Gandhi, Ram is plunged into a series of escalating and possibly deadly political betrayals. As he tries to save his family, his daughter reveals a crime he had hoped was long buried-and Ram, struggling to survive, must make amends after a life of deception. Taking the reader deep into a world of Indian families and politics, gangsters and movie stars, riots and morgues, An Obedient Father is an astonishing fiction debut, a work of rare sensibilities that presents a character as tormented, funny, and morally ambiguous as one of Dostoyevsky's antiheroes.@@@
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780374105013
0374105014
Branch Call Number: FIC/Sharm 359401 1
Characteristics: 282 p

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uncommonreader
Feb 11, 2016

This is an extremely well-written and also very heavy book. The main character is a fat, very corrupt minor Indian official who takes bribes and sells what he does not own. He has no loyalty and easily changes sides. This novel is set at the time of the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi and the characters serve as a metaphor for India itself. It is an unrelentingly bleak portrait of unsympathetic characters. Thought-provoking. Recommended.

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brangwinn
Jan 14, 2015

This was a difficult book for me to read. But Sharma’s writing pulled me into a very sad story. A father in India molests his young daughter. As a young widow with a young daughter of her own, financial poverty forces Anita to return to living with her father. Her fear and anger at her father overflows especially when she sees him rubbing against his granddaughter as the granddaughter sleeps. Ram knows he was wrong, but can he make amends? It is a sad touch story about the past which Ram had hoped had been forgotten.

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