The Death of Mr.Love

The Death of Mr.Love

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When an Anglo-Indian love triangle ended in murder, it sent shockwaves through 1950s Bombay. The Nanavati trial split Indian high-society, its effects reaching as far as the Nehru government. In modern-day London, Bhalu's dying mother leaves him a trunk of letters and a mystery: was there a second crime connected with the murder, one that has gone untold and unpunished, but that has shaped the lives of Bhalu and his family? Together with his childhood friend Phoebe, Bhalu returns to India to discover the truth, and write the last chapter of The Death of Mr more

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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 40mm | 480.81g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0743207009
  • 9780743207003
  • 1,082,881

About Indra Sinha

Indra Sinha was born in India and spent his childhood in Bombay and the hills of the Western Ghats. His work of non-fiction, THE CYBERGYPSIES, met with widespread critical acclaim. He lives in more

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

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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)show more

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4 31% (57)
3 40% (73)
2 14% (25)
1 2% (4)
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