The Better Man In Anita Nair s Warm and Imaginative First novel middle aged bachelor Mukundan returns to his native Indian village and is haunted by the past Determined to conquer old ghosts Mukundan decides to re

  • Title: The Better Man
  • Author: Anita Nair
  • ISBN: 9780312253769
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Anita Nair s Warm and Imaginative First novel, middle aged bachelor Mukundan returns to his native Indian village and is haunted by the past Determined to conquer old ghosts, Mukundan decides to restore his childhood home and hires One Screw Loose Bhasi, an outcast painter, to oversee the renovations A practitioner of a unique style of healing, Bhasi sets about mendinIn Anita Nair s Warm and Imaginative First novel, middle aged bachelor Mukundan returns to his native Indian village and is haunted by the past Determined to conquer old ghosts, Mukundan decides to restore his childhood home and hires One Screw Loose Bhasi, an outcast painter, to oversee the renovations A practitioner of a unique style of healing, Bhasi sets about mending his troubled friend, but the durability of Mukundan s transformation into a better man is soon called into question With humor, wisdom, and a keen understanding of human frailty, Anita Nair has written a playful and moving account of the redemptive power of friendship.

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    1. This is Anita Nair's first novel, and quite a good start. I could identify with it quite a bit, probably because of the Kerala setting, and therefore the familiarity with the kind of characters that appear in the background.Having said that, the protagonist is quite a universal character. Mukundan, a retired government official, retires to his village and his childhood home, not by choice, but by the machinations of fate. This is the story of how he faces the ghosts of his past, and understands [...]

    2. After ladies coupe, I picked up this book. I enjoyed watching Kerala come alive in front of me as I read the book. I could almost hear the monsoon and see the big imposing tharavadu and the paddy fields. I could feel Mukundans fear, loneliness and understand his desires.The writer has taken a simple story of a man with numerous ghosts from his past finding himself and told it with such breathtakingly beautiful prose. The book should be read for the experience, for a feel of the place for anyone [...]

    3. Overall a nice book, with beautiful descriptions of village life and people. But I was not as captivated by it as I was with other books by her. It was a little slow, and I didn't feel strongly for any of the characters (contrasting against Mistress, where I could empathize with all of the four main characters).The story is skillfully woven around psychology of Mukundan, a man who is both in awe and terror of his father - a tyrannical man who bullied him throughout his childhood, trying to make [...]

    4. The only aspect in this book that’s worth an applause is the cover art. But apparently there are different versions of the book cover since the book was published by many publishers. I specifically liked the one which showcases an elderly man, shielding himself from rains with a feeble umbrella, keeping his face blissfully obscure. Something in the body language of the man tells us that rain or no rain, the man would like to remain in the shadows and will not like to face anything or anyone, a [...]

    5. One of the best books I've read in the recent past. I was engrossed in this book from the first page and could let go of the story only by the end. This novel is much better than Ladies Coupe - the much acclaimed book by the same author. This is a slightly melancholic story of a confirmed bachelor who retires adn comes back to settle at his parental ancestral house in a small village in Kerala. He meets various persons, has many experiences, falls in love, makes mistakes, learns from those, befr [...]

    6. I admired the author's refusal to create a happy ending. The protagonist, Mukundan, begins the struggle to recover his life and begin to create something worthwhile under the tutelage of a village house painter, but then stumbles when faced with deeper problems in his own character. The depiction of life in an Indian village is vivid, the characters are distinct and quirky, the kind that develop in isolated places, the main characters sympathetic.

    7. A good read. Actually started reading many months back. Took a long time to read the first 150 pages. After that, the narrative gains more pace and I finished the remaining pages rather quickly. The author has given attention to detail and carefully constructed each vital character as the story progressed. This is my first Anita Nair book.

    8. Well written, complex but not so much so that it was hard to follow. I fealt that the characters and situations were realistic. I don't think the paranormal events were dealt with well, however I would recommend .

    9. This was a good summer break read, especially because I was in Kerala and I could picture the setting that is described so well. I feel as if the book had a promising start, but the ending didn't quite measure up. The characters are overwhelmingly male and all well sketched with their own idiosyncrasies - yet there seems to be many too many well described characters to justify the plot.I would recommend her later books rather than this one to someone who was just starting to read her work.

    10. A warm novel set in the background of Kerala about the cowardly nature of a man who betrayes loyalty and love to his self deceit and subsequently, evolves over it.

    11. The Better Man is the story of Mukundan, a fifty two year old retired government employee who returns back to his village Kaikurissi in North Kerela. He is haunted by feelings of inadequacy as he tries to live up to the expectations of his harsh and domineering father and feelings of guilt about not saving his mother from the untenable position she finds herself in when his father takes up living with another woman just outside her doorstep. When he returns to his village he is befriended by one [...]

    12. The Better Man is both magical and realistic. The bitter truths that often mould a person, the instantaneous cures, the weaknesses, the strengths; Anita Nair has penned it all. The characters don't leave you alone. Their woes become yours, their happiness brings you cheer. The idyllic Kaikkurussi village resembles my place of birth and hence the entire story felt like a nostalgic trip. The upstarts, the naive villagers, the aristocrats, the unhappy wives, I have seen it all. Even the minor chara [...]

    13. It took me a surprisingly long time to finish this book. This is my first tryst with Anita Nair and I loved the imagery created by her while describing even dreary things like the death of Bhasi's father who falls to his death while climbing a coconut tree - "For many years the tree had known the passion of his heave and thrust as he scaled it day after day.One morning , like a woman who had lost interest , it loosened itself from his embrace and carelessly thrust him away to his death." - I unc [...]

    14. What a beautiful work of literature. The story was magnificent, all characters were believable and fully developed and the writing was pure. Every thread woven throughout the novel became a tapestry of human reflection and insight- hard truths learned. What a journey about the discovery of self and through finding yourself finding the human fragility of all those around you. Took my breath away. It's that good. Read it.

    15. I liked it !As this story is written in rural background of Kerala which is very familiar,hence it is very close to the heart.This story describes life of a retired government employee who returned to his native village after a long time(around 30 yrs) .The protagonist also happens to be a bachelor.This story describes the problems,anxieties of a retired lonely man and how he handle it.It also shows value of friendship and love and how it guide to happiness.I will rate this 3.5/5

    16. Took a good amount of time , for completing this book.The plot of the story is quite simple and nothing out of the world, but the one thing that I really liked about the book is the author's way of writing. Those beautiful words and picture perfect descriptions, and a sense and thoughtfulness in every characters' mind.A nice read, with a little bit of a stretchy feel.

    17. A book about a man whom past and childhood blocked his capability of being an independent grown man. A story on how abuse can make people being weak and willing for approval, even by sacrificing the ones they love. Anita Nair writing style is charming, yet sometimes I felt lost by her switching the characters in some chapters as this change is not immediately perceived.

    18. A meldoramatic book - the stoy revolves around a 60 year old bachelor trying to fight th demons of his childhood. What I loved thou is the characterization in the book Bought each character alive amazingly well! The alst few chapters thou I thot was a litt rushed thru

    19. Engaging story of a man who retires and returns to his home village and family home. Here memories of his mother and his early friendships, and the aging and death of his father make him rethink his life and his relationships with other people. The south Indian setting is richly described.

    20. I loved it!!! Another well written work from Anita Nair.My review on my blog:awanderingmindofabookaholic.bl

    21. story set in a typical kerala village. better appreciated if you know the places mentioned and the meanings of the Malayalam words for which the author has given no English translations.

    22. A beautifully written booke rusticity of kerala that has been included really appealed to me since I have been brought up on the folklores of Kerala that were narrated by mu grandmother.

    23. It got more interesting as it went onbut was missing something. The plot and characters seemed a bit forced somehow. Kind of a neat insight into village dynamics though.

    24. One of the best novels I've ever read.The plot is interesting and it is superbly written.The author has a great deal to say about the poetry and the meaning of life.

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