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@Read Book ⛓ A Burning ⚣ For Readers Of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, And Jhumpa Lahiri, An Electrifying Debut Novel About Three Unforgettable Characters Who Seek To Rise To The Middle Class, To Political Power, To Fame In The Movies And Find Their Lives Entangled In The Wake Of A Catastrophe In Contemporary IndiaJivan Is A Muslim Girl From The Slums, Determined To Move Up In Life, Who Is Accused Of Executing A Terrorist Attack On A Train Because Of A Careless Comment On Facebook PT Sir Is An Opportunistic Gym Teacher Who Hitches His Aspirations To A Right Wing Political Party, And Finds That His Own Ascent Becomes Linked To Jivan S Fall Lovely An Irresistible Outcast Whose Exuberant Voice And Dreams Of Glory Fill The Novel With Warmth And Hope And Humor Has The Alibi That Can Set Jivan Free, But It Will Cost Her Everything She Holds DearTaut, Symphonic, Propulsive, And Riveting From Its Opening Lines, A Burning Has The Force Of An Epic While Being So Masterfully Compressed It Can Be Read In A Single Sitting Majumdar Writes With Dazzling Assurance At A Breakneck Pace On Complex Themes That Read Here As The Components Of A Thriller Class, Fate, Corruption, Justice, And What It Feels Like To Face Profound Obstacles And Yet Nurture Big Dreams In A Country Spinning Toward Extremism An Extraordinary Debut What a debut This book packed a seriously powerful punch in such a short amount of time While this is not the genre that I am typically drawn to, I really enjoyed this read.What made this book unique was the very different voices of the three POV s If I ever had to set the book down mid chapter, I very easily knew which character I was reading when I came back to the book Their tones and personalities were easily perceptible through the writing, making this book about a heavy subject very re What a debut This book packed a seriously powerful punch in such a short amount of time While this is not the genre that I am typically drawn to, I really enjoyed this read.What made this book unique was the very different voices of the three POV s If I ever had to set the book down mid chapter, I very easily knew which character I was reading when I came back to the book Their tones and personalities were easily perceptible through the writing, making this book about a heavy subject very readable and engaging An author that can really move me in just at 300 pages is a winner I look forward tofrom Megha Majumdar find this review others on my blog At the start of Majumdar s standout debut novel, Jivan, a young Muslim woman, makes a Facebook post that takes a jab at the government s handling of a train bombing in Bengal Someone hastens to whisper of it, and Jivan lands in a prison cell, charged with the attack before night finishes falling Everyone, suddenly, had known her, everyone had heard her speak ill of her country, everyone had seen her in the train station everyone is deranged with ang find this review others on my blog At the start of Majumdar s standout debut novel, Jivan, a young Muslim woman, makes a Facebook post that takes a jab at the government s handling of a train bombing in Bengal Someone hastens to whisper of it, and Jivan lands in a prison cell, charged with the attack before night finishes falling Everyone, suddenly, had known her, everyone had heard her speak ill of her country, everyone had seen her in the train station everyone is deranged with anger, demanding justice be carried out.Jivan s life is like an hourglass turned over, and all the world is watching the grains tumble down, and waiting Her cries of innocence are invisible, incorporeal, insubstantial as a murmur, and the disingenuous testimony of her former PE teacher who forgoes morality in hopes to curry favor with a right wing party luminary keeps Jivan tethered to the bars of her prison, instead of the gaps she s found between them at the prospect of Lovely the inspiring trans actress she used to tutor speaking in court in favor of Jivan, and a reporter who promises to tell her side of the storyThe country needs someone to punish, I tell him And I am that personA Burning feels ambitious in a myriad of ways Jivan is not the only main character in this novel Majumdar s choice is faraudacious she makes us at home in the minds of PE Sir and Lovely, as well as a handful of other characters who dip in and out of the story like hummingbirds Jivan s trial is a catalyst, the thread that runs through their lives, marrying one to the next, and as the connections between their stories pile up and tighten, evasions and lies come tumbling out of the closet and unexcepted links between them are revealed.Crafting a novel told through different points of view requires skilled calibration particularly when those characters are divided by religion, social background and gender identity but the multiple voices here are handled with restrained mastery by Majumdar The author s uncannily intense evocation of place, mood and character as well as her unflinching honesty is the novel s greatest triumph Majumdar is as comfortable inhabiting Jivan s mind as she is PE Sir s and Lovely s, agilely narrating her novel in first person and a close third person, weaving the characters struggles into dialogue without reducing them into mouthpieces for a popular debate This patchwork of alternating perspectives lends the novel great power and presence, and by the end of the book you ll wonder how anyone could have possibly told the story differently.In many senses, A Burning is a cautionary tale for those who claim politics has no place in their lives, and that includes a great many people Majumdar ties the private terrors of supposedly inconsequential people to the larger forces pulsing through India and the world She lays bare issues of gender, religion and class, and keeps you reading when you most want to turn away The novel is embedded with the rallying cry of powerless people who have no way to bargain with the world The grievous and undeniable sound of fear being smothered by those who lived so tenderly it was as though they were housed inside a flower, nothing but shiny shells walking around, grinding away at people with modest inspirations and hopes and pulling their lives to pieces Jivan and Lovely s connection in particular pricks like a thorn Jivan looked at Lovely like a drowning woman watching the shore recede, but when arguing for any redeeming quality in Jivan was rendered a kind of rank treason, Lovely s old instincts kick in, that ancient streak of self preservation, the lesson which sifted down to her only by degrees, but which was in fact the truest thing at the heart of the business of living In this world, only one of us can be truly free Jivan, or me Every day, I am making my choice, and I am making it today also This isn t a book about easy answers, anythan it s driven by plot The characters shine amidst this barrage of horrors, as distinct and startling as a flame leaping up in a dark room Coleridge once said that Shakespeare always made apprehension predominate over surprise, and this too is what Majumdar does best in her novel I watched the questions I saw also the answers, and there was a knot of tension high in my chest, something that became harder andcoiled with every page turn.Majumdar is less telling a story, andscraping through it like a shovel through gravel, rooting out the truth at the dark heart of it all This is the kind of story that will dully ache during the day and froth you to sleeplessness when you lay in the shuttered dark A must read ko fi blog twitter tumblr A wonderfully plotted, ambitious debut novel by a writer with a lot to offer, the story of 3 lives intersecting around a single, harrowing lie Majumdar takes major risks with a multi perspective, voice driven novel whose politics often occur in the background, but her excellent plotting abilities kept me flying through this. A Burning begins with a conflagration For the reader, this novel is a lit fuse an exercise in tension, perfectly paced.Majumdar covers a lot of ground in this short and deceptively simple novel, set in India in the aftermath of a terrorist attack An earnest young woman accused of the crime a schoolteacher dipping his toe into politics and a Hijra actress in search of stardom are the main players Through subtle means, the characters are given distinctive voices Lovely, the actress, has a f A Burning begins with a conflagration For the reader, this novel is a lit fuse an exercise in tension, perfectly paced.Majumdar covers a lot of ground in this short and deceptively simple novel, set in India in the aftermath of a terrorist attack An earnest young woman accused of the crime a schoolteacher dipping his toe into politics and a Hijra actress in search of stardom are the main players Through subtle means, the characters are given distinctive voices Lovely, the actress, has a flair for the dramatic and narrates in the present progressive tense, as if her life is an ongoing performance Jivan, the accused, speaks with a gentle, matter of fact understatement that belies her desperate situation And PT Sir an ordinary man afforded a sip of power descends a slippery slope, his dark path much too plausible for comfort.Corruption, ambition, prejudice, and injustice fuel the story and the plot threads converge with devastating inevitability Taking in the current socio political state of modern India, as well as universal questions of morality and integrity, Majumdar proves that you don t need a huge cast of characters or a lengthy page count to tell a BIG story