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Paperback  ✓ The Romantics MOBI á Pankaj Mishra is one of the most promising talents of his generation, and this stunning, universally praised novel of self discovery heralds a remarkable careerThe young Brahman Samar has come to the holy city of Benares to complete his education and take the civil service exam that will determine his future But in this city redolent of timeworn customs, where pilgrims bathe in the sacred Ganges and breathe in smoke from burning ghats along the shore, Samar is offered entirely different perspectives on his country Miss West and her circle, indifferent to the reality around them, represent those drawn to India as a respite from the material world And Rajesh, a sometimes violent, sometimes mystical leader of student malcontents, presents a jaundiced view More than merely illustrating the clash of cultures, Mishra presents the universal truth that our desire for the other is our most painful joy

10 thoughts on “The Romantics

  1. Fabian Fabian says:

    The novel is a coming of age tale that s practically Victorian Our protagonist, but a mere spectator of a modern and exciting merger between East and West Living in India, Samar is an intellectual who loves to read He has this gift to take on Western classics like Flaubert s Sentimental Education applies them to his daily life as a university student who, although wanting to experience his world as any youth could, is a teeny bit hesitant, i.e hopelessly flawed Miss West, his elder frie The novel

  2. Murtaza Murtaza says:

    Pankaj Mishra is another of those writers from Asia influenced by V.S Naipaul and it shows here in his first novel The succinct sentences and reflections on the small dramas of ordinary life are familiar The book is madepleasant than some of Naipaul s writing by the refreshing absence of misanthropy This is a story about searching Westerners and drifting Indians whose lives intersect in Varanasi I read it as being subtly autobiographical, though I do not know to what extent it reflect Pankaj Mishra is a

  3. Inderjit Sanghera Inderjit Sanghera says:

    The Romantics is, in many ways, about the unbridgeable gap between two disparate cultures between the supercilious sense of superiority which the West holds over the East, a feeling which is perpetuated by those who claim to hold an affinity to the East, seeking to reduce it s rich and diverse cultural heritage into an easy set of cliches and platitudes, fetishizing its beliefs, people and practices, cloaking the vapidity of their spiritual seances beneath a garbled set set of misconstructions The Romantics is

  4. Nivedita Nivedita says:

    The Romantics, Mishra s only novel, is well stated, with a lovely use of language and semantics But if I, an unestablished not yet emerging author, had written this novel for a creative writing class, I m sure it would have come back to me slashed and bleeding red ink all over the place Mishra tells a first person narrative of Samar, a young academic living in Benares, and the various foreigners presumably the titular romantics he encounters, becomes acquainted with, and may or may not bef The Romantics, Mishra s onl

  5. Vikas Singh Vikas Singh says:

    This is Pankaj Mishra s first book Since the book is set in Varanasi, I had to read it But frankly i was quite disappointed to read it A depressing book, it follows the pseudo acceptance of the West s fascination and way of looking at Varanasi There is no coherence of central plot or idea and when you finish the book, you think, why did I waste my time on it Avoid.

  6. Radiantflux Radiantflux says:

    86th book for 2019.A beautifully observed story, set in 1980s Benares, where a young Indian has gone to self educate themselves by reading classic novels, and ends up learning as much about life through the simple action of living as much as by reading words.Made me nostalgic for my confused twenties 4 stars.

  7. Thea Jessen Thea Jessen says:

    Giving this three stars because of an amazing beginning The 100 first pages were so good, I was definitely thinking this would be a 5 star rating The culture clash between Europeans and Indians was so interesting to delve into, especially from an Indian point of view However, after 100 pages the plot just kinda stopped I meanCharacter development Nah, not really Besides, I didn t feel like the protagonist was fleshed out enough to make me understand some of his actions.Love interest Lo Giving this three stars because of an amazing beginn

  8. Ruth Ruth says:

    Well at least I finished it this timeBoredom got to me last time I tried to read this book The narrator is a dull, insecure observer who doesn t reveal enough of himself or others for this reader to be drawn into his world Samar reminisces about his time as a student in the holy city of Benares, where he hoped to lose himself in books My response to this book is much like his response to his first reading of Flaubert s Sentimental Education which struck him as flat and overly long He Well at least I finished it this timeBoredom got to me last t

  9. Hrishikesh Hrishikesh says:

    Pankajbhai disappoints I abandoned this book half way when I realized that all that I was doing was wasting my time and being rendered melancholic.I expected the book to be a colorful account of Pankaj Mishra s days in Dehradun It does not deliver The characters, the Romantics are a bunch of shallow, pretentious individuals for whom abstraction is a convenient excuse to escape from the world they are unable to reveal in its beauty Pankaj Mishra is fascinated with Europeans in Benares whi Pankajbhai disappoints I abandoned this book half way when I rea

  10. Lisa Lisa says:

    The Romantics, by contemporary Indian author Pankaj Mishra, seems to be his only novel Which is a pity, because I really enjoyed it.Last weekend I went to a Melbourne Writers Festival session called Bookwallah, which I thought was going be a promotion of Indian writing, but instead the session turned out to be primarily journalistic commentary about the state of India today The panel consisted of Annie Zaidi, Chandrahas Choudhury and moderator Nick Law Although they didn t really talk much a The Romantics, by contemporary Indian author Pankaj Mishra, seems t

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