A State of Freedom

A State of Freedom A devastating and powerful vision of a people defined by that most unquenchable human urge the striving for a different life Can we transform the possibilities we are born into A State of Freedom wre

  • Title: A State of Freedom
  • Author: Neel Mukherjee
  • ISBN: 9780393292909
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A devastating and powerful vision of a people defined by that most unquenchable human urge, the striving for a different life.Can we transform the possibilities we are born into A State of Freedom wrests open the central, defining events of our century displacement and migration Five characters in very different circumstances from a domestic cook in Mumbai to a vagrantA devastating and powerful vision of a people defined by that most unquenchable human urge, the striving for a different life.Can we transform the possibilities we are born into A State of Freedom wrests open the central, defining events of our century displacement and migration Five characters in very different circumstances from a domestic cook in Mumbai to a vagrant and his dancing bear find the meanings of dislocation and the desire to get out of life.Set in contemporary India and moving between the reality of this world and the shadow of another, this novel of multiple narratives formally daring, fierce but full of pity asks the fundamental question how does one imagine the ways one can live in the world, or even outside it

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    About “Neel Mukherjee”

    1. Neel Mukherjee

      Neel Mukherjee was born in Calcutta His first novel, A Life Apart , won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for best fiction, among other honors, and his second novel, The Lives of Others , was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Encore Prize He lives in London.

    578 thoughts on “A State of Freedom”

    1. Stories connected by both a common theme and recurring characters in some, five stories in total. He should us an India, where the wealthy can live down the block from the slums, though the slums are hidden behind a sea wall. Where people are trying to better their lives grabbing at chances for either themselves or their children. The second story is by far the easiest, at least emotionally to read. A young man return from America for a month with plans to write a regional cookbook of recipes fr [...]

    2. I began reading this novel last week when a Guardian review tipped it as a Booker Prize contender. In the end it didn't make a fiercely competitive longlist and I can kind of see why. But in spite of some minor flaws, there is a lot to like about it.The book is a collection of five interconnected tales, all set in present day India. In the first, a US-based lecturer returns to his homeland with his six-year-old son and experiences a growing sense of unease as they explore various tourist attract [...]

    3. Neel Mukherjee may have narrowly missed out on winning the Booker Prize when his previous novel “The Lives of Others” was shortlisted in 2014, but someone ought to give this writer a crown just for writing such impactful openings in his novels. In both that book and his new novel “A State of Freedom” I was moved, surprised and totally gripped after reading the first twenty or thirty pages. The vignettes which open these novels are separate from the main plots but have the ability to capt [...]

    4. This book reads more like five novellas or short stories rather than a novel, although I did spot a few connections between stories (at least one between #2 and #4.)The fifth story is all one sentence.The fourth story is multiple sections following young girls from rural areas. One, the primary character, is forced to leave home and school at age 8 to contribute to the income of her family, and endures endless hardship. Her childhood best friend follows another route by becoming a revolutionary, [...]

    5. This interview gives an excellent perspective on some of Mukherjee’s inspirations: thenational/2.1975/accThe book, both in title, structure and content is inspired by V.S. Naipaul’s In a Free State It is a wonderfully formally audacious book. He has three novellas bookended by a prologue and epilogue, and not a single of those narratives join in any kind of obvious way, and yet it is a novel. I found myself asking, Why is it a novel? It returns very interesting answersIn this book, however, [...]

    6. A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee is out on paperback now by @penguinukbooks (Thanks for the review copy!).It took me a while after finishing the book to get my thoughts in order, like most books that I've loved as an adult, this book wasn't written to please, rather to make you scratch your brain cells through your scalp#theguywiththebookreview presents A State of Freedom by Neel MukherjeeASOF consists of 5 stories ranging between 20-80 pages. Each focuses on one character and mostly their s [...]

    7. As I was reading the last pages of this uncomfortable and upsetting novel, my eyes were streaming. My grief was overwhelming.What story set in India is easy to read? E. M. Forster's Passage to India, depicting British racism and the confused heroine nearly destroying a native Indian man's life because he was more attractive than her fiancé? Or Rumor Godden's novels and stories set in the India of her childhood, and where she returned to live with her children, their cook adding ground glass to [...]

    8. Neel Mukherjee’s “A State of Freedom” begins with a father who has come to India with his six-year old son from the States (where he now works). He wants his son to see the Taj Mahal and the nearby monuments at Fatehpur Sikri. The son is intimidated by the landscape – he doesn’t belong to this country and the father feels that even he is a “tourist in his own country”. This sense of alienation and weirdness furthers on into the first chapter, only to leave the reader gasping for mo [...]

    9. A State of Freedom is an enlightening, impeccably crafted novel, both tender and terrifying. It further explores the questions raised by Neel Mukherjee’s previous novels, A Life Apart and The Lives of Others: what is it to be a migrant, what it is to be poor, vulnerable and powerless, and what it is to be free – or to try to be. The novel is formed of five interconnected sections with different voices and related characters, whose stories echo, frame and shape each other. This structure serv [...]

    10. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a finished copy of this title for review purposes - all opinions are my own. STATE OF FREEDOM is said to be a novel, but I would prefer to classify it as a collection of connected short stories or novellas ~ with the connections being sometimes fleeting. I had to reread several portions of the books multiple times to find the shared characters/moments that I missed the first time.I have been trying for hours to try to determine how to rate this work, [...]

    11. Around 3.5 stars. This is the second book that I have read by the author, "The lives of others" being the first one, which was a really good book. It presented a really interesting tale of an old-school Bengali household as it struggles to run a family business while keeping their familial bonds intact.This book presents the story in a different format; a set of 5 stories in parts, following and focussing on an individual's story as they bump into those from the other segments. The recurring the [...]

    12. Let me make clear that it only took a few paragraphs to understand why Mukherjee got a Man Booker short-listing for his last work. The writing here is exquisite, particularly in the final stream-of-consciousness pages. I'll add that fragmentary novels comprised of seemingly unrelated vignettes do not scare me. I can even tackle Joyce, and novels that resemble short stories, like Claire-Louise Bennett's Pond, are fascinating. In considering A State of Freedom, I kept wavering between three and fi [...]

    13. Via five interconnected stories set in present-day India, Mehta paints a vivid and heartbreaking picture of the pain associated with transitioning between place, circumstance, and class. Each of the five sections of the book functions almost as a character sketch and could stand alone as a short story if it weren't for the fact that wanting to know how each connects to the other is what keeps you reading on. The characters are all well-developed and unexpected—no cliches to be found— and Meh [...]

    14. Reading the synopsis I expected the book to be very different than what it was and because of that expectation in my head I couldn't connect between what I was reading and between what I have read about the book and what I thought it would be so it just threw me off. It is not something about the author or their writing style because if anything what made me try to continue reading was their style, but I guess to me it felt like it wasn't marketed well or maybe I didn't get it, but it is a pass [...]

    15. Original Review: Mad Book LoveThis is a collection of short stories (really two very short stories, and three quite long), all told from the perspective of people within different social classes in India. The first story is about an Indian man who has moved to the United States and has brought back his American-born son to visit the Taj Mahal, to see his native country. The second is told from the perspective of a man who came from wealth, who has now living a very successful life in London and [...]

    16. An updated, less angry reaction: This book upset me deeply, both because much of the content is utterly depressing and often repulsive and because I did not enjoy the shifting perspectives and writing styles. The first story's ending still confuses me, and so much of the writing at that point was (in my opinion) ridiculously and unnecessarily wordy, with obscure words that weren't in my vocabulary and I also could not riddle out because the context clues were also so strangely worded. Felt like [...]

    17. "The battle in this matter was a three-way one, between space, money and need, and need almost always lost."Less of a novel than a collection of vignettes (or three novellas) focusing on alienation, isolation, and the base human urge to be something other than their current lot in life. Neel Mukherjee delivers an insightful piece about inequality in India, constantly comparing his protagonists' situations to an objective "other."Around the halfway mark I was struggling a bit with the animal crue [...]

    18. I was immediately taken by this book. Within the first few sentences, I knew this would be a good book. And it was. It was a very compelling read.This book is about the oppressive weight of poverty and the struggle to survive it or rise from its claws. The book consists of 5 inter-related stories; the order and progression of these stories were significant. The last one, the shortest, punched in the gut last night when I finished the book.I've read Neel Mukherjee's other two books and I see how [...]

    19. Indian-born author Neel Mukherjee's newest novel, "A State of Freedom", is actually five stories of various lengths, all set in today's India. Several of the stories clearly impact on each other, and I have the feeling that if I knew more about what Mukherjee is writing about, the stories - their plot and characters - would be even more aligned.I haven't read Neel Mukherjee's previous two novels, but I was intrigued by the description of "A State of Freedom". I've never been to India but have ha [...]

    20. Some of these stories really grab you by the throat. They live in the space between dream and reality, connecting loosely to one another although each exists in its own universe. Mukherjee explores not only the subsistence of life in India, but also the guilt and regret of those who see it. By choice or not, everyone is stuck in place, and no class is free from its own horrors. A great pick for those who wish to feel unsettled for awhile.This is the first book I read from my Heywood Hill subscri [...]

    21. I got a free old-school paper copy of this book in a giveaway. Thanks to all who made this happen.This book is not very enjoyable to read. The author might say that it is not supposed to be enjoyable to read, dealing as it does with themes of alienation and cruelty. However, it is possible to write about these topics without making the reader wish he/she had won a more pleasant Important Modern Novel from . You don't have to write exclusively about happy topics, but the process of reading shoul [...]

    22. Eg burde skrive om denne på bloggen, men for denne romanen var lydbok heilt feil. Eg har store problemer med å huske kva den handler om, og allerede dagen etter var boka nesten glømt. Om det skyldes formatet eller interesse kan diskuteras. Innlesaren var heller ikkje optimal - likte han rett og slett ikkje.Kjem denne på Bookers longlist om ei veke skal eg lese den på ny, viss ikkje så kan det vere det same med heile boka.

    23. This was a collection of five loosely connected stories of extreme poverty and the desire to overcome. Overall my impression was each story worked individually very well, but the attempt, even as good as it was, of connecting these stories was too much. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in a non-american pov but would fall short of recommending this widely, as not everyone can enjoy great writing simply because it is.Thank you to the publishers for providing me with this arc [...]

    24. Powerful, eccentric, gripping. There are five sections all linked by one or more characters and the overarching theme of freedom. It's just amazing. The last section was a bit of a struggle for me because it wasn't until the last moment that I realized whose voice we were hearing. I can not get the story with the dancing bear out of my mind. Highly recommended.

    25. WOW. I often didn't know where this story was taking me, but that only added to the frantic state in which I read it in. Almost a collection of short stories, connected throughout by characters that appear and disappear with fluidity, Mukherjee broke my heart a thousand times with his empathetic portrayals of poverty. The themes of cultural alienation and the human need to strive to build a better life for oneself (often with painfully unsuccessful results) weave through each story to make a 'wh [...]

    26. This is a good read for all those wanting an insight into modern India. Comprising three stories all vastly different but all dealing very much with what happens on a daily basis in modern times. We have a domestic cook and a cleaner in a middle class flat in Mumbai. The son returned from London on vacation and one who finds the class divisions difficult to accept, but you do not make waves when you are only at home one month every year! He is keen to know what goes on in their lives, what makes [...]

    27. Review Link : soundingwords/201While trying to check the bill before settling at the reception desk – just an old habit, inculcated by his father, of giving any bill a once-over to see that he had not been overcharged – he realized that he had lost the ability to perform the simple function of adding up the individual items and the tax that together made up the grand total. He tried again and again. Then he took out his wallet and tried to count the rupee and US dollar notes nestled inside; [...]

    28. Set in modern-day India, this powerful and sometimes chilling novel is structured in 5 sections, each one relating the story of a different character. Each section is complete in itself but their lives sometimes intersect. What definitely links the characters is that each is searching for a better life, looking for an escape, sometimes voluntarily or sometimes when it is forced upon them. All of them are lost or adrift, even the more privileged amongst them, and the book is a particularly unflin [...]

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