I am still trying to understand how I managed to live through the better part of my life, study philosophy as an undergrad, and yet failed to read this book. It's the ultimate guide to strategically managing your entire life, your role as an emperor, you name it. Words cannot describe. The narrator is pretty good, and doesn't distract from the content.
Yes, it was well spent because I learned about a fascinating and historically important character. I have begun to read his short stories and they are truly wonderful and inspiring.
It was expected as he clearly intended to orchestrate his own end.
The period after he is relocated in Pakistan. It is heart breaking and he is an awesome, in the truest sense of the word, character.
Yes, I would love to see his life portrayed in film, it would be very fitting as he was a screen writer.
If the book captured the irony and cleverness of the author himself, it would have been amazing. It is a very academic presentation of a very idiosyncratic person who was clearly a genius. Sadly, academic presentations seem out of sync with his energy and purposes.
I loved the story of this woman's life and experiences. She is a truly amazing teacher.
Maybe the Autobiography of Malcolm X, as he is as plain and truthful about his life and as loving and accepting of all of the pieces of himself as Ravathi is of herself.
Impossible to choose, so many scenes stay with me.
Both, I laughed out loud in some sections and cried and cringed in others.
Everyone around the world who is an activist or concerned about LGBTQ issues and HIV awareness should read this book and promote solidarity.
The second half of the book telling the story of the impact of WWII on Burma and India
I think Arjuna, although as I listened I would have said others. Now looking back, I think it was him. Also Dinu, who is the most compelling, though I learned more from Arjuna's characte.
He isn't my absolute favorite, but I really do like the books that he narrates so probably yes.
Not sure, but I think I would use part of the title from Gosh's later book, history told in the guise of a travelers tale. That's really what most of his books are.
Like all of the Gosh books I have listened to, the very best parts of this book are when he enacts the historical drama in very torn characters. He is wonderful at capturing the ambivalence and complete lack of clarity about what is the right thing to do. I enjoyed so many of his insights, it was the best way to learn about the history of that period. His romantic sections are not so great, in my opinion, they are very predictable and don't shed much light on the characters themselves. He is much more compelling when he writes about conflict and confusion. He is really outstanding at capturing unanswerable dilemmas about the Indian identity and the impact of colonialism on the psyche of those colonized.
Yes, because I love the narration, I am looking at all of the books that are performed by this narrator. I loved the characters, so many interesting character studies, I loved the history and the subject.
Hard to pick one, images of Canton in this time period, the flower boats, the description of an opium high.
No, but I am definitely going to in future!
A romance with opium, flowers and human frailty
How does this narrator master so many accents and voices? He is incredible!
Yes, I would recommend it. It helped me understand and feel much better about many aspects of myself and my daughter and husband, all "innies". Helped to give me patience and not feel so worried.
Lots of practical observations that resonate with my everyday life
Yes it did, I just found the narrator's voice a little bit too polished and monotone. But that is probably the innie in me thinking it could have been better.
Not possible, its too long.
A really important read for those who want to have better self understanding and better understanding of their children.
definitely time well spent, its a classic and everyone should listen to it.
all of it, its a tremendous tour de force
A bit tedious to listen to. A little monochromatic
This was my first Mankell mystery and I completely enjoyed it. I love the characters, particularly the hero detective. The narration is deadpan but you quickly stop paying attention to it as you are eager to hear what happens next. Nice integration of a bit of social commentary and a perspective about contemporary politics.
This is my third Mankell mystery and I have to confess that I am pretty much addicted. Sure, some things don't make sense in the end and you have to suspend disbelief here and there, but even so, you can't stop listening and I sat in my car more that once not wanting to turn off the story and get out, I just had to find out what happened next! I love the brooding self-reflective characters and its obvious that Steig Larson is a knock off of Mankell only more gruesome. Dick Hill has a rather monotone voice and it can be a little weird in the begining, but after a bit you don't react to it. I just downloaded my next Mankell mystery, I want to hear more!
This was a fun reading to listen to. The story is so wonderful and the characters are so important in Hindu religous life. What makes this reading fun is the quirky voice of Ram Das, and also just hearing Ram Das conjures up images of a kind of flipped out, off the grid lifestyle that I couldn't entirely separate that from the text itself. I ended up liking that, so if you want that kind of Hindu/American psychadelic juxtaposition, its a good listen for you.
This is a book that changes your entire orientation to living. It is beautiful, profound, and inspiring. I have read the translation that Gandhi wrote while in prison, but it is wonderful to hear this version read time and time again. It is humbling and fulfilling all at once.
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