The Far Field

The Far Field

by Madhuri Vijay


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ISBN-13: 9780802128409
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 80,016
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Madhuri Vijay was born in Bangalore. The Far Field is her first book.

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I am thirty years old and that is nothing.

I know what this sounds like, and I hesitate to begin with something so obvious, but let me say it anyway, at the risk of sounding naïve. And let it stand alongside this: eight years ago, a man I knew vanished from his home in the mountains. He vanished in part because of me, because of certain things I said, but also things I did not have, until now, the courage to say. So, you see, there is nothing to be gained by pretending to a wisdom I do not possess. What I am, what I was, and what I have done, all of these will become clear soon enough.

This country, already ancient when I was born in 1980, has changed every instant I’ve been alive. Titanic events have ripped it apart year after year, each time rearranging it along slightly different seams: prime ministers assassinated, peasant-guerillas waging desperate war in emerald jungles, fields cracking under the iron heel of a drought, nuclear bombs cratering the wide desert floor, lethal gases blasting from pipes and into ten thousand lungs, mobs crashing against mobs and always coming away bloody. Consider this: even now, at this very moment, there are people huddled in a room somewhere, waiting to die. This is what I have told myself for the last eight years, each time I have had the urge to speak. It will make no difference in the end.

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theavidbookerfly 8 months ago
Storyline/Overview - The Far Field is a heartbreaking beautiful page turner. The debut novel by Madhuri Vijay (Pushcart prize winner) is an amazing coming-of-age narrative of Shalini’s life. The plot takes her from southern India to Kashmir in the quest of truth and ultimately lands her to the edge of political and personal reckoning. The uniquely flawed characters bring out the best of the story. My opinion - > I felt the story took a slow start and long buildup time but then sucked me in the frame later on. > A little anger in me rose at times due to the foolishness and restlessness of the naive protagonist. > Oftentimes, I felt that the story was dragging the description of a scene for long (which could be a good thing for someone not acquainted with the Indian lifestyle/setting) > There are some scenes where hardcore opinions about the political turmoil of Kashmir politics have been expressed. > I was disappointed that the story switched between past and present intermittently. > At the end of the story, there is an illegitimate sexual scene described between two unmarried individuals. > Since, I am from India - the book was very special to me and I especially enjoyed and could relate to most of the scenarios described and they also made me nostalgic. > Even though being aware of Indian politics, this was an eye-opener to the conflict from local Kashmiri people point of view for me. > The book deported me to the world where I have come from. Conclusion - The biggest appeal for me was the fact that the story was engrossing, wonderfully written, had strong characters and a perfect mix of love-war-family drama. The book also gives an amazing critique of Indian politics for an outsider.