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A New World [PDF / Epub] ✅ A New World Author Amit Chaudhuri – A year after his divorce Jayojit Chatterjee an economics professor in the American Midwest travels to his native Calcutta with his young son Bonny to spend the summer holidays with his parents Jayojit A year after his divorce Jayojit Chatterjee an economics professor in the American Midwest travels to his native Calcutta with his young son Bonny to spend the summer holidays with his parents Jayojit is no accustomed to spending time alone with Bonny–who lives with his mother in California–than he is with the Admiral and his wife whose daily rhythms have become so synchronized as to become completely foreign to their son Together the unlikely foursome struggles to pass the protracted hours of summer each in his or her own way mourning Jayojit’s A New Epub / failed marriage And as Jayojit walks the bustling streets of Calcutta he finds himself not only caught between clashing memories of India and America but also between different versions of his life revisiting lost opportunity realized potential and lingering desire As he did in his acclaimed trilogy Freedom Song Amit Chaudhuri lovingly captures life’s every detail on the page while infusing the uiet interactions of daily existence with depth and compassion.

  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • A New World
  • Amit Chaudhuri
  • English
  • 25 March 2014
  • 9780375724800

About the Author: Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in and grew up in Bombay He read English at University College London where he took his BA with First Class Honours and completed his doctorate on critical theory and the poetry of DH Lawrence at Balliol College Oxford where he was a Dervorguilla Scholar He was Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College Oxford from and Leverhulme Special R.

10 thoughts on “A New World

  1. Tanuj Solanki Tanuj Solanki says:

    A book that is perhaps as challenging to review and by review I mean judge as it was to write Chaudhari's restraint is stifling at times; his minimalist narrator divulges little; and the reader while understanding the rationale of the repose of the novel invariably ends up asking for a little let go But apart from the fettering of the narrator there is something structural that one may also decipher and uneuivocally cede to the writer the dexterity of design inherent in the inception of this novel 'A New World' if one looks finely is a feat of literature really one that will not blow you away but tend to you with sleep inducing sultry caresses like the pre monsoon weather of the city of Calcutta that it so obliuely yet aptly describes Chaudhary reads like a mixture of Joyce and Woolf and a tad bemusingly Naipaul The details as in the consciousness of Jayojit Chaterjee the divorcee from America who is spending a vacation at his parents' house in Calcutta with his son vacation rights with whom he has recently won in a court battle with his deviant wife are the meat of the novel His somnambulant views of the irrelevant and unimportant happening and meetings and objects are pretty much all there is to this book But there is a blended hint of post colonialism of East meets West of the complexity of filial obligations And like an undercurrent below all of that there is the paricular treatment of the content with a linguistic certainty that faintly resembles the wand of the great 19th century novelists specifically their twentieth century embodiment in Naipaul Chaudhary while invoking memories of many masters of yore adroitly avoids getting clubbed with any one in particular His voice is original and his subjects as uninteresting as they are; and his plots as sub plot like as they are; are nevertheless a direction for the novel that is uite surprisingly by the end of the book very novel indeed 'A New World' ails from a fuzzy ineptitude in realistically chanelling the content of conversations but even that passes along for Chaudhary convinces you with his abstruse development of characters to such degrees that after a time you understand and accept the fact that his characters bound by relations of blood as they are have nothing to say to each other except sharing the banalities of every day life In this way even the deficiencies in Chaudhary's writing seem to work in his favour which is predominantly due to the choice of plot and setting There is realism here but it is a somnambulist realism which serves the purpose of justifying most of what Chaudhari does in this bookMany reviewers have blamed Chaudhary of giving us nothing in his novels But Chaudhary's work as one intelligent reviewer noted is not the stuff of novels but of what might happen between novels By doing so it fills a space in modern literature and uestions knowingly or unknowingly the Jamesian notion of the 'interesting' reuirement being imposed on this art form A novel if a definition was to be winnowed from Chaudhari can be a celebration of language; can be a somnolescent drifting away of life captured in words; can be an evasion from the heart wrenching emotions that surround its characters A novel certainly can also be defined by what it is not And for sensitizing us to this interpretation Chaudhari deserves an emphatic thumbs up

  2. Sudipta Sudipta says:

    Sorry this book just did not work for methough the author's voice was lucid the book meanders into nothingthoroughly disappointed I am not one to put too much emphasis on plot points in a tale Character development and a sense of connect with the reader is of vital importance though I have LOVED books where pretty much nothing happens which is a true reflection of the daily mundane lifewhere pretty much nothing happens But the beauty lies in the details which was completely missing herean insightful look into the main character's psyche during this phase of transitioning in his life would have made for a compelling read but the author seems content with a mere gaze The book droned on and on and in the end I was left with well nothing

  3. Sairam Krishnan Sairam Krishnan says:

    Did not work for me one bit Tried my best to find something I could appreciate in the 200 pages but no I did not see the point in anything at allThis being the author's first book I read it wasn't a happy initiation The book meanders around details and does not tie them to any meaning; it was like going on a road trip inside your own houseI think I understand what Chaudhuri was trying to do here a portrait of Bengali family life sounds like something I want to read but the unconvincing speech and dialogues the needless emphasis on food digestion related troubles no clue why the author goes on about this the absolutely characterless protagonist all of them made for a pretty listless Sunday readVery disappointing

  4. Sayantan Ghosh Sayantan Ghosh says:

    The unbelievably beautiful Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said this book is Unbelievably beautiful I'd have to be unbelievably unintelligent to not take her word for it I was taught by Mr Chaudhuri for a week last month but most of what I learned from him about writing is by reading him

  5. Kulpreet Yadav Kulpreet Yadav says:

    Not everyone can capture the slice of Calcutta so well The narrative is intense choice of words simple yet sharp making the characters lively It also has a surprising pace which makes the book addictive almost irresistible Conseuently this book can’t be put away unfinished easily The story has a stickiness too an immediacy of loss or acceptance that is central to all our lives regardless of race religion or the part of the world we inhabit—and contrary to what stickiness might conjure—in storytelling it is one of the difficult aspects to develop in a way of defining the boundary for the readers to remain not just content but identify with This stickiness to my mind and experience elongated my pleasure of experiencing this story Jiyojit Chatterjee a professor of Economics in the US is on a visit to Kolkata to meet his father a retired Admiral and his mother Jiyojit has been divorced for an year—his wife has the custody of their seven year old son Bonny—and is suspended in the present where his world is contained by his son his father and mother and a Kolkata that he is too cynical to explore or appreciate Told with an uncanny tenderness the story traces Jiyojit’s tryst with a truth he can’t put behind easily His sense of dislocation echoes his deepest uncertainties and fragile assumptions of a future he isn't yet prepared to think about Overall brilliant The complex interplay of words and punctuation add an unparalleled depth to a story well told Enjoyed thoroughly Highly recommended

  6. Barbara Barbara says:

    Amit Chaudhuri's 'A New World' is one of the dullest books I've read in a long time It tells of Jayojit a divorced NRI spending a couple of months with his son visiting his elderly parents in Kolkata Jayojit is returning to his old world India not as the successful American academic he is but rather as a shamed divorced man who's not really sure where he fits any It is very slow moving and almost nothing happens There are plenty of opportunities for him to bond with his son or with his parents but few are taken I suspect I may have read this book already when it first came out I might even have reviewed it at that time but I remember nothing about it from the first read and I doubt I'm going to remember anything in a week's time from my re read

  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    Jayojit Chatterjee arrives in Calcutta on holiday with his seven year old son Bonny after a divorce He stays with his parents a retired Admiral and a housewife Thus ensues two months of bonding between mother and son mother and grandson father and grandson etc The thing to be treasured in this book is Chaudhuri’s delicately nuanced descriptions of dislocation and the disorientation that comes with the adoption of a new Western nation while still held by memories set in another India As the loud traffic and busy streets of dense urban Calcutta form the backdrop to the two month stint of father and son what really unfolds is the emotional life of these four protagonists I recommend reading this book in one go – I read it over four days myself The author employs a simple pleasurable style that kept me turning the pages with interest

  8. Ranendu Das Ranendu Das says:

    It is so boring book It seems that there is no such story Joyjeet and his son came to calcutta and then the story seems to be detained in a small flat house of Joy's parents Even the descriptions of the housing complex and the out side calcutta lanes devoid any thing new Almost half of the book lacks any storyI wonder how Amit Chowdhury became a writer of so called 'International repute'

  9. Peter Ellwood Peter Ellwood says:

    Not a bad little book It’s scarcely your standard novel or even novella it’s only 200 pages but it evokes life in an Indian city uite wellIf I sound unconvinced it’s because I am at many levels I’ve never read a book with such a thin plot Lecturer of Indian origin returns home to Calcutta with his son to spend the summer with his parents lecturer goes back to America at the end of it That really is about it The characterisation is pretty shallow and the central character’s personality barely peeps through Son Bonny remains a ghostly shadow throughout In fact only his father the Admiral is painted in anything like any detail But with one passing reservation the prose really isn’t bad He piles detail upon detail of what life in urban India is like – my reservation is that he takes this almost too far the text sometimes feels like a long inventory of Indianness and not much And very occasionally he stumbles – would the Admiral really object to owning a fridge if he already owned air conditioning for example? – but all the same the delicate life sketch that he builds up layer by layer has a genuine enough feel to it And it’s not uite true to say that he offers no plot in a very gentle way he touches on a few uite deep themes divorce and its aftermath the sense of not uite belonging anywhere of expatriates the pain of separation from one’s own – though I have to add that these themes were so gentle as to be almost invisible at times Still a pleasant read

  10. Pallavi Kamat Pallavi Kamat says:

    It's a typical Amit Chaudhuri book in which nothing seems to happen and yet everything does and you cannot wait for the story to move forward There's a lot of food being discussed in the book gur luchis fish daal sandesh slivers of pumpkin and potatoes fried with onions and black jeera parshe lightly buttered toast kissan marmalade freckled with orange rindSome lovely lines that stayed with meWho can tell the exact changes that take place in people which are possibly unknown to themselves? Till they die people keep trying to innocently adjust to lifeThis country had a way of in the end concealing disparity and banishing the pastHe felt not so much a sense of deja vu as one of ironic ualified continuityIt wasn't always one had the opportunity to watch a vision however ordinary take shapeThe ease of modern travel which lulled people into believing that journeys closest to them could be postponedThe old Bengali romance for arcane often useless bits of information

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