The Village

The Village

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Nikita Lalwani

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 22mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 25 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141030402
  • ISBN 13: 9780141030401
  • Sales rank: 563,867

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"The Village" by Nikita Lalwani is a disturbing and utterly gripping modern morality tale set in contemporary India. On a winter morning Ray Bhullar arrives at the gates of an Indian village. She is here to make a film. But this will be no ordinary tale about India - for this is no ordinary village. It is an open prison, inhabited by murderers. An apparent innocent among the guilty, Ray tries hard to be accepted. But the longer she and the rest of the crew stay, the more the need for drama increases. Soon the fragile peace of the village will be shattered and, despite Ray's seemingly good intentions, the motives of the visitors and the lives of the inhabitants will be terrifyingly, brutally exposed. Praise for "The Village": "A thoughtful novel that envelops us in the oppression and beauty of the rural prison ...each voice is distinct, believable and stubborn in its refusal to be easily known. Touchingly evocative". ("Financial Times"). "Thoughtful, beautifully written. A candid exploration of journalistic ethics". ("Observer"). "A masterclass. The inmates' stories evoke larger questions about justice and privacy, power and powerlessness". ("Guardian"). Nikita Lalwani was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. Her first novel "Gifted" was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Desmond Elliott Prize. She lives in London.

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Nikita Lalwani was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. Her first novel Gifted was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Desmond Elliott Prize. She lives in London.

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By Librarian Lavender 12 Feb 2014 5

The atmosphere in the book was tense and oppressive. The main character Ray does a lot to be accepted, things that go against her character. She wants to belong, but she doesn't. Not with the residents of the village, because she lives in England. And not with her coworkers who think she's too stiff. She has different morals and her intentions are not theirs. Ray tries to meet the expectations of all the people involved in the film, but she struggles with it and with herself.
What I liked about this book is how I somehow felt involved, I wanted to help Ray. I wanted to be there to make everything right. The style of writing is beautiful, but not easy to read. I enjoyed it very much though. I can recommend this book to someone who's looking for an intelligent read. When I finished the story I needed some time to think it over, to form an opinion. Nikita Lalwani has the ability to make you question and doubt things you've never thought about before, which I think is the greatest quality of her work.

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Sharp and uncompromising, it is a ripsnorting read that leaves us wondering where the needle will be pointing at the moment the moral compass is smashed to pieces Independent on Sunday A thoughtful novel that envelops us in the oppression and beauty of the rural prison ... each voice is distinct, believable and stubborn in its refusal to be easily known. Touchingly evocative Financial Times A masterclass. The inmates' stories evoke larger questions about justice and privacy, power and powerlessness Guardian Captures the hunger for self-improvement tinged with a pervasive sense of melancholy Sunday Telegraph Thoughtful, beautifully written. A candid exploration of journalistic ethics Observer Extraordinary ... Lalwani writes with wonderful clarity and intelligence Times Gripping, heartbreaking, truly horrifying ... simmers with understated menace Marie Claire Extraordinary... What Nikita is really, really brilliant at is voice and people BBC Radio 2