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He had years earlierThese lives are woven through with the ongoing discipline of work and the responsibility and tedium of family life Lives laced with the joys of old friendship the pleasure of sex and the redemptive kindness of one’s own children This is the story of the living. Living is a gift though each of us has trials and tribulations Leading a dull unvarying life is a choiceFlexibility and willingness to experience change and growth is anotherClaire a shoe factory worker in England and Arun a chappal maker in India both have uneventful lives The story alternates between these two voices and enumerates the choices they felt should have been made to control their destiniesThe digital copy was difficult to read and contained many spacing errors The text was sometimes unclear as to which character s feelings were being revealed A disappointing read

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The Living

There is a certain number of breaths each of us has to take and no amount of care or carelessness can alter thatThis is the story of two lives Claire is a young single mother working in one of England’s last surviving shoe factories her adult life formed by a teenage relationship. The title and the blurb aptly describe the book so nothing much of the story from my partWhat I would like to say is that it is a slow moving book and the pace slows down as it proceeds and towards the end there are a few loose ends which we can interpret or built upon in our own wayThe two protagonists of this story are Claire a young British woman and Arun an old Indian man who live in their own countries and the only fact connecting them is that they both work in the footwear trade but in different ways and capacities How they spend their days seems to be the focal point of the story I was almost sure that they will intersect at some time or other but that never happenedOn the whole I liked it but there was something missing

REVIEW The Living

Is she ready to move on from memory and the routine of her days Arun an older man in a western Indian town makes hand sewn chappals at home A recovered alcoholic now a grandfather he negotiates the newfound indignities of old age while returning in thought to the extramarital affair. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a strange book to read Not bad just not entirely complete It is the story of two people a single mum in England and an elderly grandfather in India There is no connection between them though I did search for one and they never meet they just share the profession of making shoes That missing link was the first thing that bothered me Another was the lack of conflict and thus development Yes they have their lives and some low key very realistic problems here and there but it is nothing special nothing big and therefore rather slow There was no internal conflict and development recognizable for me Also the Indian words were necessary I get that but confusing At least add some sort of description because otherwise it is sometimes impossible to know whether a word means a name a food dish or a religious ceremony Further there were no uotation marks in the entire novel which made reading weird and hindered the flow at times In summary well written realistic and relatable characters yes Meaning connection conflict no Therefore a just above average 35 stars


10 thoughts on “The Living

  1. says:

    The title and the blurb aptly describe the book so nothing much of the story from my partWhat I would like to say is that it is a slow moving book and the pace slows down as it proceeds and towards the end there are a few loose ends which we can interpret or built upon in our own wayThe two protagonists of this

  2. says:

    “Don't cry because it's over smile because it happened” Dr SeussAnjali Joseph an award winning Indian author pens her new novel The Living that unfolds the story of two characters' daily lives their past mistakes thei

  3. says:

    There are books that the reader finishes and fails to see the Author's point or what the publisher saw Any of the parties could be at fault but this book was one suchThe book narrates two parallel tales Claire working in a shoe factory in Britain is a single mom of a teenager Her monochrome life is stifling and so she tries to find spark in a

  4. says:

    I thought this was very uiet beautiful and impressively strange It reminded me of Knausgaard in the sense that it's about how life i

  5. says:

    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a strange book to read Not bad just not entirely complete It is the story of two people a single mum in England and an elderly

  6. says:

    The story of two people running in parallel one in England the other in India Claire a single mother who works in a shoe factory one of the last ones in England Arun is a worker making chappals slippers in KolhapurThe book is a recounting of their lives their humdrum everyday life where for Claire nothing ever seems to change while for Arun has all the indignities that come with old age to faceIt might have been interesting had the writi

  7. says:

    25 starsClaire’s story was okay but I couldn’t get into the parts with Arun The two halves seemed very disjointed shoes wasn’t enough of a concept to bind them together

  8. says:

    Living is a gift though each of us has trials and tribulations Leading a dull unvarying life is a choiceFlexibility and willingness to experi

  9. says:

    Two alternate lives Claire working in a shoe factory in England and Arun working as a chappal maker which is featu

  10. says:

    Anjali Joseph’s third novel tells two tenuously connected stories of two dissimilar people living thousands of miles apart Thirty

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