The Blue Bedspread

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Over the course of that hot night in Calcutta, the man hurriedly writes stories to the baby sleeping on a blue bedspread in the next room: Painting half-remembered scenes, he flits between past and present, recounting tales of the shared childhood of a boy and his sister who muffled their fears in the blueness of that very same bedspread.

As the hours pass, the man gradually divulges a layered and transfixing confession of the darkest of family secrets. Described by John Fowles as "remarkable, almost a coming-of-age of the Indian novel," this powerful, penetrating debut by a young New Delhi journalist has already been recognized as an international literary event. In prose that is breathtaking and precise, Raj Kamal Jha discovers the hidden violence and twisted eroticism of an exotic, overcrowded old city. The Blue Bedspread is a searingly honest story about the love and hope that can survive in the midst of family violence.

It is a first novel of extraordinary power and humanity.


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Raj Kamal Jha wurde geboren und verbrachte die ersten achtzehn Lebensjahre in Kalkutta. Advance praise for The Blue Bedspread "Something rather remarkable, almost a coming-of-age of the Indian novel. This is a major talent. He writes like an Indian Raymond Carver. Spare and yet richly patterned. About The Blue Bedspread A midnight phone call awakens a man to inform him that his sister has died in childbirth.

The Blue Bedspread

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I am now listening to Jha's latest novel, She Will Build Him a City, and something about it reminds me of the Blue Bedspread - Maybe I feel under the spell of a magical story teller who pushes the possibilities of the novel. This is one of the most engaging works of fiction I've read, quite possibly in years. It's a slight book, but slight in the way Camus' The Stranger is slight. This is very much a meditation In many ways, this reminds me of some of Paul Auster's non-fiction.

Very moving, thought-provoking, at times a bit too purple, but, overall, stunning, and a much needed breath of fresh air. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Raj Kamal flew into mech from aero, the second topper in class. Raj Kamal kamaal ka writer hey: The best friend I had in Mech Engg, and still the best! One person found this helpful.

Forget about "caring" for the characters. Forget about the big issues addressed. This isn't kitchen sink drama, it isn't a sprawling family epic, and it just barely counts as a narrative at all. It's all about the writing, at least to me. Little details and observations. It doesn't even matter that the narrator is unreliable, because the details aren't, whether fabricated or not , and the mood that's created is hypnotic.

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Have you ever heard of an "unreliable composer" or an "unreliable pianist"? Here's a line selected almost at random - " If you strain your eyes, you can see dead insects trapped in the Plexiglas cover. How they got in I don't know.

Everyone's lonely; everyone's lost. Maybe the child to whom this story is directed will, indeed, possibly, find herself. But I doubt it. The Blue Bedspread is a beautifully written book, calling to mind the exquisite prose of Arundhati Roy.

It is, however, somewhat bizarre, and that's why I did not give it the full five stars. I'm not one who demands that everything be spelled out for me clearly when I'm reading, but there were times as I was reading The Blue Bedspread that I was just plain confused. I wouldn't have minded the confusion if the author had cleared it up later, but he never did. But enough about that. The book is a fast read, easily read in one sitting.

The Blue Bedspread

The plot is held together by a middle aged bachelor who retrieves his newly orphaned niece from the hospital, her mother -- his sister -- having died while giving birth. During the night that follows, the man writes down a collection of stories for the baby so that she can read them when she's older and know who she is and where she came from. The stories are written from different points of view, with no proper names given to anyone, and focus mainly on the childhood of the boy and his sister. I see that the reviews are quite mixed. People either loved the prose or hated the book because of it's unorthodox style and saddenning subject matter.

Reader, it's up to you. If you don't mind a challenge, give the book a try. If you like things pretty cut and dry, this book isn't for you. See all 55 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on January 15, Published on October 16, Published on December 7, Published on April 19, Published on February 5, Published on August 27, Published on August 6, Published on July 21, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.