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The Sunset Club

Analects of the Year 2009
Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Meet the members of the Sunset Club: Pandit Preetam Sharma, Nawab Barkatullah Baig, and Sardar Boota Singh. Friends for over 40 years, they are now in their 80s. And every evening, at the sunset hour, they sit together on a bench in Lodhi Gardens to exchange news and views on the events of the day, talking about everything from love, lust, sex, and scandal to religion and politics.

As he follows a year in the lives of the three men from January 26, 2009, to January 26, 2010, Khushwant Singh brings his characters vibrantly to life, with his piquant portrayals of their fantasies and foibles, his unerring ear for dialogue and his genius for capturing the flavor and texture of everyday life in their households. Interwoven with this compelling human story is another chronicle of a year in the life of India, as the country goes through the cycle of seasons, the tumult of general elections, violence, natural disasters, and corruption in high places.

In turn ribald and lyrical, poignant and profound, The Sunset Club is a deeply moving exploration of friendship, sexuality, old age and infirmity; a joyous celebration of nature; an insightful portrait of India’s paradoxes and complexities. A masterpiece from one of India's most-loved storytellers, The Sunset Club will have you in tears and laughter, and grip you from the first minute to the last.

©2010 Penguin Books India (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Amazingly Narrated!

Where does The Sunset Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the best stories that I've listened to on Audible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Buta Singh. So funny and so well characterized.

Which scene was your favorite?

Whenever the sunset club would meet!

If you could rename The Sunset Club, what would you call it?

perfect name - wouldn't re-name it. Khushwant Singh is amazing in this story!

Any additional comments?

Great story - love the way the author intertwines the characters and spans 40 years in just 4 hours.

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Great effort but too many mistakes

At the outset let me state that this was a commendable effort on part of the narrator to vocalize each of the principal characters in a distinctive voice. However from the beginning to the end not a single page with an Urdu couplet, surname or even trivial things like names of trees or plants have been pronounced correctly. Even “Baig” is a bag or beg and not baig as it should be. When the protagonists are all North Indians more effort needs to be put in to preserve the sanctity of the emotions that are meant to be communicated by using vernacular words and I don’t mean just the swear words!

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one and only Khushwant Pra Ji.

kudos to Sanjiv for bringing in the life for this book. I wouldn't have got myself imagined had I read on my own. Impeccable Narration

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  • Shailendu
  • 04-05-15

Fantastic, Lodhi Gardens ahoy!

Where does The Sunset Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5%

What did you like best about this story?

Very witty and well narrated. A good description of the personal lives of many Indian people, a close look to what happens and goes on in Indian families and the topics of talk that arise.

What does Sanjiv Jhaveri bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Expressions and lots more. I don't like reading books, so this is a great alternative. I have liked Khushwant Singh books and this lives up to the high expectation that he commands. Great narration by Sanjiv, well modulated and he changed the tone/pitch and frequency to reflect the speech of the different characters in the book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

Any additional comments?

Audible.co.uk should add more audio books from Khushwant Singh.