From Man Booker-shortlisted, IMPAC Award-winning author Nicola Barker comes an exuberant, multivoiced new novel mapping the extraordinary life and legacy of a 19th-century Hindu saint.
To the world he is Sri Ramakrishna - godly avatar, esteemed spiritual master, beloved guru. To Rani Rashmoni, she of low caste and large inheritance, he is the Brahmin fated to defy tradition. But to Hriday, his nephew and longtime caretaker, he is just Uncle - maddening, bewildering Uncle, prone to entering trances at the most inconvenient of times, known to sneak out to the forest at midnight to perform dangerous acts of self-effacement, who must be vigilantly safeguarded not only against jealous enemies and devotees with ulterior motives but also against that most treasured yet insidious of sulfur-rich vegetables: the cauliflower.
Rather than puzzling the shards of history and legend together, Barker shatters the mirror again and rearranges the pieces. The result is a biographical novel viewed through a kaleidoscope. Dazzlingly inventive and brilliantly comic, irreverent, and mischievous, The Cauliflower delivers us into the divine playfulness of a 21st-century literary master.
©2016 Nicola Barker (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I wanted to quit after the second chapter. There is a choppiness and disconnect and maybe even a "snarkiness " which takes away from the enjoyment. I chose to listen because Sneha mathan is my favorite narrator. She conveyed the snarkiness too well and I so I found the entire story to be incredible. Sorry. Ms Parker. It's a no go .
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