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by Robertson Dean,Jeet Thayil


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Narcopolis is the debut novel of Indian author Jeet Thayil. It is set in 1970s Old Bombay and concerns opium and its influence. The novel's narrator arrives in Bombay, where he becomes seduced into the opium underground

Narcopolis is the debut novel of Indian author Jeet Thayil. The novel's narrator arrives in Bombay, where he becomes seduced into the opium underground. The story expands to encompass such characters as Dimple, the eunuch, Rashid, the opium house's owner, and Mr Lee, a former Chinese officer, all of whom have stories to tell.

A rich, hallucinatory dream of a novel, Narcopolis captures the Bombay of the 1970s in all its compelling squalor.

Listen to unlimited audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. A rich, hallucinatory dream of a novel, Narcopolis captures the Bombay of the 1970s in all its compelling squalor. With a cast of pimps, pushers, poets and gangsters, it is a lyrical and unforgettable journey into a sprawling underworld. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). In ambition, Narcopolis is reminiscent of Roberto Bolano; but it is Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son-the best junkie book of the last quarter century-that is its closer kin. Thankfully, Thayil creates something original and vital from those blueprints. One yearns for the next hi. - The Telegraph (. "A reformed addict, Mr. Thayil has had personal experience with the world he describes. But he is also a published poet, who wields his words with care. His efforts are there to be seen.

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil. Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil. 19 March 2013 ·. "Blue Jasmine" by Woody Allen. Release Date: 26 July 2013 (USA).

His rich baritone voice and nuanced delivery enhance Thayil's dizzying display of literary pyrotechnics.

Dean's performance is dreamy, melancholy, and truthful. His rich baritone voice and nuanced delivery enhance Thayil's dizzying display of literary pyrotechnics.

Does Jeet Thayil's Narcopolis, a tale of opium dens and heroin addiction in Mumbai, join that select club? .

Does Jeet Thayil's Narcopolis, a tale of opium dens and heroin addiction in Mumbai, join that select club? It is not an easy task. Thayil unpicks the complexities, contradictions and hypocrisies of Indian life with surgical elegance: the good Muslim selling heroin while complaining about brazen women, the queenly beggarwoman who makes the street her living room, and the Hindu praying in church, an action that saves her from the mob but not her fate.

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil presents a vivid picture of the Bombay drug scene, and the life of the people associated with it. The book reads like a collection of stories, with the narrative consistently jumping in the past to cover a character's history for instance. There are instances when the character often slips out of reality and into hallucinations, thanks to the Opium High they are riding on. One thing I'd like to clarify about this book is that it is not for everyone

Narcopolis JEET THAYIL First published in 2012 by Faber and Faber Ltd Bloomsbury House 74–77 . Lyrics quoted in the chapter ‘Dum Maro Dum’ are from ‘Dum Maro Dum’ from the film. Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971, dir.

Lyrics quoted in the chapter ‘Dum Maro Dum’ are from ‘Dum Maro Dum’ from the film. Without intending any disrespect to narrator Robertson Dean (in fact, his deep, rich voice makes for a memorable listen), this is a book you must see on the page. Thayil’s biography for the September 2013 internationales literaturfestival Berlin discloses that Narcopolis refers back to Thayil’s own experiences with drug and alcohol addiction, certainly raising questions about how much of his debut effort is autobiographical.

Jeet Thayil's luminous debut novel completely subvertsand challenges the literary traditions for which the Indian novel iscelebrated. This is a book about drugs, sex, death, perversion, addiction,love, and god, and has more in common in its subject matter with the work ofWilliam S. Burroughs or Baudelaire than with the subcontinent's familiarliterary lights. Above all, it is a fantastical portrait of a beautiful anddamned generation in a nation about to sell its soul. Written in Thayil'spoetic and affecting prose, Narcopolis charts the evolution of a great andbroken metropolis. Narcopolis opens in Bombay in the late 1970s, as itsnarrator first arrives from New York to find himself entranced with the city'sunderworld, in particular an opium den and attached brothel. A cast ofunforgettably degenerate and magnetic characters works and patronizes thevenue, including Dimple, the eunuch who makes pipes in the den; Rumi, thesalaryman and husband whose addiction is violence; Newton Xavier, thecelebrated painter who both rejects and craves adulation; Mr. Lee, the Chineserefugee and businessman; and a cast of poets, prostitutes, pimps, andgangsters.Decades pass to reveal a changing Bombay, where opium hasgiven way to heroin from Pakistan and the city's underbelly has become everrawer. Those in their circle still use sex for their primary release andrecreation, but the violence of the city on the nod and its purveyors havemoved from the fringes to the center of their lives. Yet Dimple, despite thebleakness of her surroundings, continues to search for beauty—at the movies, inpulp magazines, at church, and in a new burka-wearing identity.After a long absence, the narrator returns in 2004 tofind a very different Bombay. Those he knew are almost all gone, but thepassion he feels for them and for the city is revealed.

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`.. god rooms, secret rooms that contracted in the daytime and expanded at night.'

`Narcopolis' is set in Bombay, in the 1970s, and revolves around a number of interesting but troubled characters who frequent Rashid's opium den in Shukalji Street. Interesting because of their individual life experiences, troubled because they are insecure and displaced and usually unclear about where they belong. Meet Dimple, who prepares the pipes. She has memories of life with a Hindu-Christian mother in the north-east of India -before she was made a eunuch. Mr Lee has memories of the China he fled during the Cultural Revolution. Bengali, Jamal, Rumi, Rashid and our narrator Dom Ullis each have stories to share, of life and of their own personal hell as well as ghosts to try to avoid. The past intrudes on the present when the future seems impossible.

`Forgetfulness was a gift, a talent to be nurtured.'

The novel spans thirty years: heroin supplants opium; dreams turn into nightmares and, for most characters, death follows life. Do the slums of Bombay change? It seems not: people come and go, some live (and die) in the streets. Poverty coexists with wealth, but money cannot buy happiness for the haunted - only a temporary, dangerous escape. When temporary escape escalates into addiction, then the only escape is breaking the addiction. And few of our characters will succeed.

`Then the woman asked what a typical morning was like. And he had no answer.'

I read about a quarter of this novel before really being caught up by it. Most of the world Jeet Thayil describes so completely and cleverly is foreign to me, but the feelings he describes, the troubled and insecure characters are not. Escapism exists everywhere, in various forms. It's Jeet Thayil's descriptions of Bombay and his flawed characters that captured my attention, and the fact that so much of what he writes applies to other lives elsewhere that held it.
Jeet Thayil is an acclaimed Indian poet, and this is his debut novel. He writes of Bombay, not of Mumbai: I wonder why.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
Manarius
I have many criticisms of this novel but give it a cautious four star rating because even though it is unsatisfactory in its plot, erratic in characterization and in many ways more of a clever than a convincing book, it does have several powerful elements that make it at times compelling and resonant overall.

It's representative of a new genre of novels coming out of India: bleak, furious and pretty nasty. The old Western myths of a rural, spiritual, multicultural and sprawling land are being challenged by far more realistic stories of the squalor, drugs, violence and nihilistic misery. Many of these books rely on shock to get their message across (the film also Slumdog Millionaire offers a sample). They generally have a subtheme of anger, rather than pity, almost as if they don't want to risk sentimentalizing their subject. This is a society waking up, with all the noted business drives, massive real-estate booms, a new consumer class but a heartless and almost indifferent shrugging off of the desolation in the detritus that lies behind it.

Narcopolis is very much in this style. It is bleak and nasty. The central character is, in essence, heroin with all the other compounds of cheap drugs and alcohol. The narrative is weird - it just doesn't hang together and overall I had a sense that the author, a noted poet and member of the vibrant arts and music community of the New India, was "writing" a novel as a natural step in his interests. That's fine but it shows up - for me, at least - in an aloofness from his characters and story.

The strength of the book is the one character who comes alive and is poignant, complex and multidimensional and is my main reason for suggesting the book is worth your consideration. Dimple is at the very bottom of life - a boy who was handed over by his mother, who is a dream memory to him, to be brutally double castrated as a small child. Dimple lives as a woman of sorts, an orphan prostitute, making pipes of opium to serve to the largely low life denizens of the brothel and drug den that are her physical and temporary homes, alone, self-taught in her disorganized reading, and with dreams to keep her going - cinema fantasy and pop magazines, the church that gives her some center though no way out, her identity as a "woman" in her burhka costume that gives her some mystery, abused in every way - a sexual commodity, and wandering, wandering, wandering. The drugs become her support and then her self-identity and inevitably the killer of her looks and her health. She slowly disappears from the center of the story. It's a portrayal of sheer hopelessness; there can be nothing for her, just getting by and inevitably decaying into death. The characters she does connect with have their own drug- and sociopathic -driven paths and histories.

It is a powerful and damning portrayal of a way of living - it is no way of life. Dimple is not easy to understand or even to like or admire but she brings to life this city, Mumbai, where quite literally the distance between the affluence of the new and frenzied urban and real-estate boom and the slums can be just twenty meters or so.

The other characters, especially the rootless Rumi, a man whose identity rests on his violence, do not engage in any way; they are "characters" moved about in the story. There is a famous drunken, histrionic and contemptible poet, for instance, who takes up pages but adds little to the novel. The narrator, a nomad artist who returns to Mumbai from New York and falls back into the pull of this underworld, is not convincing and too many of the incidents seem strung together. The book jacket emphasizes the city itself as the center around which everything else moves and uses words like "luminous" and a "beautiful and damned generation" in a "great and broken metropolis." I think that romanticizes the story. It has no romance and the comparison with William Burroughs' work seems apposite.

As other Amazon reviews make clear this is a serious and substantive work. Many of them are more responsive to its style and breadth than I am, and I think that the thoughtfulness and insightful assessment of many of the 5-star assessments show how this is not a book to just read and forget. Overall, I recommend it for readers who are more open than I may be to its style. It doesn't quite work for me but Dimple is arresting, moving and very complex.
Narcopolis download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Robertson Dean,Jeet Thayil
ISBN: 1452610363
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio; Unabridged CD edition (October 16, 2012)