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The Lives of Others is long. Way too long. This sprawling Indian family saga charts the rise of the Ghosh family, Calcutta industrialists, as they accumulate wealth in the paper and publishing industry and then proceed to lose it as their country disintegrates and their investments fail to pay off. Against this backdrop, the sons and daughters of the family squabble. The backdrop is good. There is a wonderful insight into the politics of change; the sleaze; the corruption; the instability. We see the contrast between the young Turks of the Communist Party ranged against the old order of the
Neel Mukherjee's A Life Apart is so assured and strong that it's difficult to believe that it's his debut novel. This isn't the only surprise about it. The main protagonist, a young man called Ritwik Ghosh, who is twenty one when we first meet him in Calcutta, is inscrutable to the last - nothing is as it seems. At the start of the story, Ritwik is attending the cremation of his mother who has died only eleven days after his father. Her demise is re-lived, with Mukherjee painting the horror of the event with ghastly power, magnifying the breathless trepidation with the clamour of panic