The Death of Mr.Love

The Death of Mr.Love

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By (author) Indra Sinha

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  • Publisher: SCRIBNER
  • Format: Paperback | 592 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 40mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0743207009
  • ISBN 13: 9780743207003
  • Sales rank: 856,077

Product description

Constructed around the true Nanavati murder case, Indra Sinha's first novel offers a rare and fascinating insight into the psychosexual undercurrents of Indian life. In a family of storytellers, there was one tale never told...The reverberations from the notorious Nanavati society murder in 1950s Bombay - involving a love triangle between an Indian playboy, an Englishwoman and her jealous Indian husband - were so great they reached the offices of Prime Minister Nehru. What is not known is that a second, connected crime, so cruel that it destroyed the lives of two women, went unreported and has remained unpunished. Until now. In present-day London the women's children meet. Driven by grief and anger they return to India to uncover the mystery of the crime that caused their mothers' suffering and exact their cold revenge. But in the bazaars of today's Bombay, a city racked and burned by riots, their adversary still enjoys huge power, and the friends soon find themselves in real, terrifying danger.

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Indra Sinha was born in India and spent his childhood in Bombay, Hyberdad and Rajasthan. As a top copywriter for Collett Dickenson Pearce he won awards in every major advertising show. His previous work, The Cybergypsies, met with widespread critical acclaim and he is now a full time writer, living in East Sussex with his family.

Review quote

"Sinha is an elegant writer, and his novel twinkles with genial intelligence." -- The Observer

Editorial reviews

India did it to Vikram Seth, it did it to Paul Scott and Salman Rushdie, and now it's done it to Indra Sinha. Maybe it's the very size of the subcontinent that inspires writers to produce novels of such stupefying length that the reader can feel more than a little overwhelmed at the vast store of ever-accumulating facts he has to carry in his head to extract the full value from a book like this one. There's a first-class story here, but it's tricked out with so much unessential ornament and bits of exotic fluff (all of it beautifully written, it must be said) that the plotline sometimes threatens to sink beneath all the extraneous weight. The novel is dense, intricate and fascinating, alternating between well-to-do Indian life in the 1950s and present-day provincial Sussex. It largely deals with the murder of a mysterious Asian Lothario (the Mister Love of the title) that happens in the hero's childhood, and his subsequent discovery of the enigma surrounding it begins to obsess his adult existence years later when he's running a second-hand bookshop in Lewes. Yet once these slightly shaky premises are established, the narrative of the Indian boy's idyllic childhood is enchanting. Indeed, Sinha sometimes seems more of a poet than a narrator; his description of the arrival of the rains after the dry season, for example, is quite superb: 'The first heavy drop will hit the earth. Another drop. Another. Stamping the dust with leopard spots. The earth will sigh in relief, exhaling a strong mineral-and-herb-scented breath.' This is a splendid book, but needs close attention to give of its best. (Kirkus UK)