Called “a Buddhist Chekhov” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Samrat Upadhyay’s writing has been praised by Amitav Ghosh and Suketu Mehta, and compared with the work of Akhil Sharma and Jhumpa Lahiri.Upadhyay’s new novel, Buddha’s Orphans, uses Nepal’s political upheavals of the past century as a backdrop to the story of an orphan boy, Raja, and the girl he is fated to love, Nilu, a daughter of priv...
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (July 12, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
Amazon Rank: 1206342
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This is, at the same time, my personal review and a response to some of the comments raised here by other readers. I will of course, egotistically, start with myself:): I could not put the book down, I literally ‘lived in the book’for the week it too...
love story scandalizes both families and takes readers through time and across the globe, through the loss of and search for children, and through several generations, hinting that perhaps old bends can, in fact, be righted in future branches of a family tree.Buddha’s Orphans is a novel permeated with the sense of how we are irreparably connected to the mothers who birthed us and of the way events of the past, even those we are ignorant of, inevitably haunt the present. But most of all it is an engrossing, unconventional love story and a seductiveand transporting read.