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Arresting God in Kathmandu

by Samrat Upadhyay

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A very readable short story collection by the first Nepali author writing in English. The stories are related by geography and culture. As in Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, they are also related by their focus on interpersonal tension, remorse, and failure. Do read the collection in order for the ebb and flow of emotion. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
Most of the stories in this collection look at the intertwining between spirituality/religiosity and passion/sex/adultery in the lives of the characters. All but one story involves a cheating spouse. Some of the imagery appeared exotic while looking at it, but upon reflection seems somewhat cliche - the smells of spices from a kitchen, chaos and noise from a market, generational strife in the face of modernity, etc. Nevertheless, the prose is well written and delightful, and the book overall was a fun, quick read despite maybe or maybe not reflecting actual life or religion in Kathmandu. ( )
  bfertig | Aug 23, 2011 |
Nine stories of life among every-day folk in Kathmandu (Nepal), each tale rich with detail and lovingly presented without a wasted word. I was mesmerized by the characters and their religious and cultural connections, as well as the universality of their worries and problems. Highly recommended. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Mar 6, 2011 |
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From the first Nepali author writing in English to be published in the West, Arresting God in Kathmandu brilliantly explores the nature of desire and spirituality in a changing society. With the assurance and unsentimental wisdom of a long-established writer, Upadhyay records the echoes of modernization throughout love and family. Here are husbands and wives bound together by arranged marriages but sometimes driven elsewhere by an intense desire for connection and transcendence. In a city where gods are omnipresent, where privacy is elusive and family defines identity, these men and women find themselves at the mercy of their desires but at the will of their society. Psychologically rich and astonishingly acute, Arresting God in Kathmandu introduces a potent new voice in contemporary fiction.

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