The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee

The Lives of OthersThe last of the Man Booker 2014 Shortlist prize books, finished the evening before the results are announced. The Lives of Others is a book about family, business and revolution in India not long after independence.

Its told from the point of view of several different members of the family, and I often found myself flicking back to keep track of who was in which generation. This was done well though, and gave a richness as different characters’ viewpoints gave a full view of life within the family.

I did feel I could have benefited from knowing more about politics in India in the mid-twentieth centenary, and will be looking for a non-fiction book on this subject soon. But even feeling this lack of knowledge, The Lives of Others gave a view on the importance of caste in India and a taste for revolution on a wave after the British Empire withdrew.


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