Zip The Living 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 such The book narra
Zip The Living 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 such.The 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 affairs only to be disappointed or guilty.The other track is of Arun the last of the Kolhapuri chappal makers. His sons and grandsons have moved on. With age related diseases, guilt over past, regrets and nostalgia he carries on living with nothing to look forward to.The book starts of well alright with lot of quotable quotes on ennui. Sample this I thought to myself something I often thought at that time when anything went wrong, whatever it was, and then when it stopped, at least for a bit: Well, that passed the timeBut then like a elementary kid with a stage fright the book meanders away into unintelligible ramblings. Had hoped for a better book.. The Living is a Kindle There is a certain number of breaths each of us has to take, and no amount of care or carelessness can alter that.This 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 Is she ready to move on from memory and the routine of her days Arun, an older man in aThere is a certain number of breaths each of us has to take, and no amount of care or carelessness can alter that.This 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 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 he had years earlier.These 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.. Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978 She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne More recently she has written for the Times of India in Bombay and been a Commissioning Editor for ELLE India She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia with distinction in 2008 Saraswati Park is her first novel.. The best Book The Living The title and the blurb aptly describe the book, so nothing much of the story from my part.What 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 way.The 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 happened.On the whole, I liked it, but there was something missing.