As night falls in Delhi, a mother spins tales from her past for her sleeping daughter. Her now grown-up child is a puzzle with a million pieces whom she hopes, through her words and her love, to somehow make whole again. Meanwhile, as the last train from Rajiv Chowk Station pulls away, a young man rides the metro and dreams of murder. In another corner of the city, a newborn wrapped in a blood-red towel lies on the steps of an orphanage as his mother walks away.
There are 20 million bodies in this city and this woman, man and child are only three. But their stories - of a secret love that blossoms in the shadows of grief, of a corrosive guilt that taints the soul, and of an orphaned boy who maps out his own destiny - weave in and out of the lives of those around them to form a dazzling kaleidoscope of a novel.
Beautiful, beguiling and audacious, this is the story of a city and its people, of love and horror, of belonging and forgiveness: a powerful and unforgettable tale of modern India.
Love this tale. It is powerful and compelling. Since it is character driven, however, don't expect much plot or much explanation. Magical realism is woven so skillfully that it becomes a dreamlike story with such vivid realism that it needs the dreams to balance its grit and honesty. Human Behavior at its best and worst is described in such interesting ways that it feels almost like an invasion of privacy to know the characters' thoughts.
A must read for anyone who loves magical realism, postmodern tales, and beautifully depicted characters.
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Has She Will Build Him a City put you off other books in this genre?
Yes especially as I could not return
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from She Will Build Him a City?
I did not finish the book
Any additional comments?
do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others
Mesmerising tales of life and dreams in modern India with a touch of humour and a lot of freedom from reality.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Not sure no one I know
What was most disappointing about Raj Kamal Jha’s story?
Disjointed and not atmosphere of India
Would you be willing to try another one of Tania Rodrigues’s performances?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
Not sure what category this would fall into other than "Don't Bother "
What did you like most about She Will Build Him a City?
Really interesting if you have been to India - just the way it is.
The narrator is very good.
Wonderful observations of the different people in the different story lines - all brought very much to life.
What was one of the most memorable moments of She Will Build Him a City?
The rape scene of the young woman in the Hotel - it was awful and very topical at the moment of what is passing in India.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Scenes with "the orphan" and the dog.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No - it would have been impossible - too much to think about and mull over!
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