Download Epub Format Å The Village PDF by Å Nikita Lalwani DISCLAIMER I WON THIS IN A GOODREADS GIVEAWAY I did not like this book I didn t really like it much at all It was difficult to get into, hard to follow along with, and the characters were ridiculous to the point of absurdity.
A good idea, but poor follow through.
Edit 7 22 2013 Unfocused That was the word I was looking for There was no focus to the book at all.
I thought the novel had a lot of potential, but nothing really came of it The author did a good job in setting the scene and building up the tension that the main character Ray was feeling, but there was no pay off until the very endHowever, by this point I was long past caring It s a shame because it could have been a gripping story, but the overriding emotion for me was boredom I loved the description of The Village and the people, the author really made Ashwer come alive with the descriptions of the heat, the vibrant colours and the stark living conditions It wasn t really enough though, I wanted , something, anything to happen Disappointing.
In Her Award Winning Debut Novel, Gifted, Nikita Lalwani Crafted A Brilliant Coming Of Age Story That Called To Mind The Work Of Such Novelists As Zadie Smith And Monica Ali The Washington Post Book World Now Lalwani Turns Her Gimlet Eye On An Extraordinary Village In India, And Explores The Thin Boundary Between Morality And Evil, Innocence And Guilt After A Long Trip From London, Twenty Seven Year Old BBC Filmmaker Ray Bhullar Arrives At The Remote Indian Village Of Ashwer, Which Will Be The Subject Of Her Newest Documentary From The Outside, The Town Projects A Cozy Air Of Domesticity Small Huts Bordering Earthen Paths, Men Lounging And Drinking Tea, Women Guiding Bright Cloth Through Noisy Sewing Machines Yet Ashwer Is Far From Traditional It Is An Experimental Open Prison, A Village Of Convicted Murderers And Their Families As Ray And Her Crew Settle In, They Seek To Win The Trust Of Ashwer S Residents And Administrators Nandini, A Women S Counselor And Herself An Inmate Jyoti, A Prisoner S Wife Who Is Raising Her Children On The Grounds Sujay, The Progressive Founder And Governor Of The Society Ray Aims To Portray Ashwer As A Model Of Tolerance, Yet The Longer She And Her Colleagues Stay, The Their Need For A Dramatic Story Line Intensifies And As Ray S Moral Judgment Competes With Her Professional Obligation, Her Assignment Takes An Uneasy And Disturbing Turn Incisive, Moving, And Superbly Written, The Village Deftly Examines The Limits Of Empathy, The Slipperiness Of Reason, And The Strength Of Our Principles In The Face Of Personal GainPraise For The Village Powerful One Of The Novel S Great Strengths Is How It Maintains An Ambience Of Mystery And Menace The New York Times Book Review Extraordinary Lalwani Writes With Wonderful Clarity And IntelligenceThe TimesUK The Village Can Creep Up And Grab You UnawaresToronto Star Lalwani S Prose Is Evocative And Excellent Publishers Weekly Thoughtful And Beautifully Written The Guardian UK Gripping Marie Claire UK Intelligent And Disturbing A Sharply Observed, Highly Personal Book Pittsburgh Post Gazette A Thoughtful Novel That Envelops Us In The Oppression And Beauty Of The Rural Prison Each Voice Is Distinct, Believable And Stubborn In Its Refusal To Be Easily Known Touchingly Evocative Financial Times Thoughtfully And Often Beautifully Written A Candid Exploration Of Journalistic Ethics The Observer There are books that entertain by virtue of their storyline or narrative There are books that seduce us with aesthetic images and the beauty of the prose There are books that challenge our preconceptions and give us a new perspective on the world And there are occasionally books that manage to do all three The Village by Nikita Lalwani is one of those books.
As the title suggest this book is about a village But this is not an ordinary village In fact it is an open prison where all the inmates are murderers.
The author, like the protagonist, travelled to India to make a BBC documentary about a real village very similar to the one depicted in this book and the details from her experience seem almost barely fictionalized In fact the reader is left wondering which parts are true and which parts are the fruits of the writer s imagination The author uses the story partially as a quest Meh Esto es lo que pasa cuando eliges un libro por su portada bonita y colorida que es lo m s me ha gustado del libro la verdad I loved this book, but the ending did not satisfy Gorgeous writing and great read Recommended.
Hmmm I think I m still digesting this one Struggling with a main protagonist who I m sure I m meant to dislike, but can see no redeeming features in and who seems a little trite And yet there are so many things here to like The prisoners stories are told with poignancy and empathy and the characters are, on the whole, beautifully developed I just can t decide on how I feel at the end of it The eye catching cover of this novel was for me, ultimately the best part about it I really struggled to maintain any interest in the plot and I thoroughly disliked all of the characters Though the book poses some interesting questions and examines some very thought provoking themes throughout, I found its pace to be ploddingly slow and the story as a whole, incredibly dry, which is a shame as its premise sounded really appealing.
Ray, an Asian British film maker arrives at a small Indian village with her BBC colleagues in tow, in order to make a documentary about life experienced there The Village in question is no ordinary one however it is actually an open prison, its inmates all found guilty of murder, yet now able to live with their families in a very different sort of community As Ray and her colleagues begin to ma