Simply clever, lightly understated writing highlighting life decisions, journeys and discoveries. Step into Ananda’s world, where you feel as though you are floating freely through the confines of his mind and hearing the whispers of his innermost thoughts. Ananda is lonely and poetically trying to understand where he fits in the world of his choosing; viewing his life through his eyes, you are able to see the ties that give him strength and support. This is pure artful escapism, the author has the ability to be subtly sensitive, compassionate and yet also to wryly tease and thrust little jibes of fun. This is a book that is able to connect, to embrace and leave you at the end unable to say goodbye. ~ Liz Robinson
It's 1985. Twenty-two-year-old Ananda has been a student in London for two years, practicing at being a poet. He's homesick, thinks of himself as an inveterate outsider, and yet he can't help feeling that there is something romantic about his isolation. His uncle, Radhesh is a magnificent failure and an eccentric virgin who has lived in genteel impoverishment in Hampstead for nearly three decades. Over the course of one day, we follow Ananda and Radhesh on one of their weekly forays about town. Weaving back and forth in time, Chaudhuri gradually reveals the background to the two men's lives with deft precision and humour as they walk through London together, circling around their respective pasts and futures, and finding in one another an unspoken solace. Written in a voice that is tender, wry and unsentimental, -Odysseus Abroad is a lyrical and modern exploration of loneliness and failure - as well as a love letter to Homer and Joyce - by one of our most celebrated writers.
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'A stunningly engaging novel where Naipaul meets Amis and Joyce visits Thatcher's England. Wittingly inventive, deeply moving, it's Chaudhuri's finest work to date.'
'A superb book, one of Chaudhuri's very best -- full of wit, charm and humanity, and so delicately and intricately written.'
'The stunning, Proustian prose that we have come to expect of Amit Chaudhuri is here in abundance, newly enhanced with surreal comedy and wry, self-mocking, often hilarious sex. Brilliantly he superimposes an intensely Bengali sensibility upon the picaresque experience of a London undergraduate. This is his wittiest and also his most profound book to date.'
'In the eccentric Radhesh, Chaudhuri gives us something special... a little gem not to be missed'
'Delightfully witty... luminously intelligent... Odysseus Abroad has placed itself, with erudition and playfulness, on the map of modernism'
Neel Mukherjee Guardian
'Rhadesh's attempts to assimilate into English culture are funny and he clearly enjoys strange English customs... Like Homer and Joyce, Chaudhuri is good at writing about food'
'very elegant... Amit Chaudhuri is a master of the slow-moving meditation, laced with precise exasperation... very funny... For all the jokes about literature this is a most literary novel. Yet it is witty, effortlessly fluid... a pleasure to read... sustained by a fierce intelligence'
'Chaudhuri is incisive and humorous on the experience of moving from a former colony to Eighties London... Some small details particularly thrill'
'Richly allusive... It is not the novel's plot, but its rhythmic prose, interwoven with musical and poetical references, that most engages... a witty narrative filled with wandering and wondering'
'A beautifully written novel that weaves in Indian history with a fabulously observed portrait of 1980s migrant London'
'Easily followed and lucidly expressed... Amit Chaudhuri is on top form'
'A brilliantly delicate London novel... an absolutely wonderful book'
Publication date: 06/08/2015
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 05/02/2015
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
|Publication date:||6th August 2015|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Amit Chaudhuri is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, is a poet, an acclaimed musician, and a highly regarded critic. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. He has contributed fiction, poetry and reviews to numerous publications including the Guardian, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, New Yorker and Granta Magazine. Amit lives in Calcutta and Norwich. Author photo © Geoff PughMore About Amit Chaudhuri