The Last Burden A fascinating portrayal of life in an Indian middle class family by the best selling author of English AugustUpamanyu Chatterjee s second novel brilliantly recreates life in an average Indian family

  • Title: The Last Burden
  • Author: Upamanyu Chatterjee
  • ISBN: 9780140236255
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fascinating portrayal of life in an Indian middle class family by the best selling author of English, AugustUpamanyu Chatterjee s second novel brilliantly recreates life in an average Indian family at the end of the twentieth century Jamun, the central character, is a young man, unmarried, adrift He stays away from his family, which comprises his parents, Urmila and ShA fascinating portrayal of life in an Indian middle class family by the best selling author of English, AugustUpamanyu Chatterjee s second novel brilliantly recreates life in an average Indian family at the end of the twentieth century Jamun, the central character, is a young man, unmarried, adrift He stays away from his family, which comprises his parents, Urmila and Shyamanand, his elder brother, Burfi, his sister in law, Joyce, his two nephews and the children s ayah Jamun returns to the family when his mother is hospitalized Once there, he decides to stay on until one of his ailing parent dies He barely admits to himself that there is another, probably stronger, reason for his extended stay in the family home an old friend Kasturi, now married and pregnant, who has returned to the city that she associates with Jamun.Flitting back and forth in time and space, and writing in a language of unsurpassed richness and power, Upamanyu Chatterjee presents a funny, bitterly accurate and vivid portrait of the awesome burden of family ties

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    One thought on “The Last Burden”

    1. A beautiful journey through the trials and tribulations of a family, full of strive, frustration and small joys. Very evocative, excellent use of language and realistic, this book is a gem.

    2. I have read many stories about Indian families from Indian authors. This story lacked heart. Maybe because it wasn't as tragic as stories from Rohinton Mistry or Jhumpa Lahiri, maybe because of the way it was written, the vocabulary got in the way of the story. Not bad but not a favorite.

    3. Dyspeptic, bloated vocabulary encroaches throughout and poisons and vitiates the dialogue. Characters are petty and cramped onto a claustrophobic stage. Through some fortuitous conjuration, empathy oozes through, about two-hundred pages in.An big kiss-off to the 'indian family.'

    4. A verbose rendition of a typical Indian middle class description of a generation by the generation's greatest author

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