Through her college, her reading and her exposure to her immediate world, Aliya, is the diplomatic yet empathetic voice in the story who is able to recognize the unfairness in the way in which society treats people, especially women.
“I don’t want to kill the nasty little brute,” Harriet said to Dr Brett after telling how Ben is suffering from a milk infection and needs something for the diarrhoea.
Mevlut thoroughly enjoys it as a child there, looking wondrously into the city’s intricate streets and its inhabitants while accompanying his father on his rounds;
Sacco alternates between playing narrator and protagonist. As the narrator, he shares with the reader his reflections on the people, their situation and the policies that govern this region.
Are learned men truly educated or do they always fall short of action in times of need?
There is a concept of performativity in Social Science, where a victim or an oppressed has to ‘perform’ her oppression every time for her to assert her rights. A very simple example would be how a tribal has to prove her backwardness to the authorities to claim their entitled rights. In terms of literature, a women writer has to perform her feminism every time she writes, for there are questions too often which asks her about the ‘women’s perspective’ in her writing.
The unconventional bonds that the characters share with each other. While it’s hard to believe such irrational intimacy can exist, the poignancy in Andrew’s narration convinces you otherwise. The biggest and best of all surprises for me was the narrator.
I wondered about the possibility of the cub developing a taste, a fondness for the struggle itself
Although a good part of the story happens inside the office premises, the events that happen beyond the office are the truly romantic ones.
It is one thing to listen to the twisted tales that media throws at you and another to listen to the recollections of a gentleman who had witnessed firsthand the birth and growth of these stars.
As much as the book is a philosophical delight, Kundera’s political dissent which is more than evident is quite an exciting backdrop to the events that unfold in the book. The metaphorical likening of the Communists to Oedipus is one of the best I have read so far.
Giles claims to have written a storybook and not a textbook,