Non si è mai soli a Kaikurussi, piccolo villaggio del Kerala. C'è sempre un vicino che dispensa consigli, che vuole sapere, che ficca il naso nella vita degli altri, pronto a giudicare e a commentare quello che ha scoperto. Una rete di chiacchiere che potrebbero portare anche il migliore degli uomini a comportarsi male. Ma esiste un uomo migliore di altri a Kaikurussi? È forse Mukundan che, pensionato, torna al paese dei genitori e si trova a combattere con i fantasmi del passato e con gli incubi del presente? O magari è Bhasi il pittore, laureato con il massimo dei voti, ma rassegnato a passare il resto della vita appollaiato su una scala di bambù a dipingere pareti, ascoltare le lamentele dei clienti e curare a modo suo chi ne ha bisogno? Di sicuro non è Achuthan, il padre tiranno di Mukundan, che il figlio, nonostante non sia più un ragazzo e abbia una sua vita, ancora teme, né il ricchissimo Ramakrishnan, intenzionato, nonostante i moltissimi soldi vinti alla lotteria, ad arricchirsi ancora di più calpestando chiunque osi mettersi sulla sua strada. Toccherà a Mukundan scoprirlo sulla propria pelle, imparando per la prima volta nella vita ad avere fiducia in se stesso, a non lasciarsi condizionare dal giudizio di nessuno, ad aprirsi alle emozioni curandosi solo di chi gli è veramente vicino.
- ISBN: 8860884276
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 396
This is Anita Nair's first novel, and quite a good start. I could identify with it quite a bit, probably because of the Kerala setting, and therefore the familiarity with the kind of characters that appear in the background. Having said that, the protagonist is quite a universal character. Mukundan, Leggi tutto
After ladies coupe, I picked up this book. I enjoyed watching Kerala come alive in front of me as I read the book. I could almost hear the monsoon and see the big imposing tharavadu and the paddy fields. I could feel Mukundans fear, loneliness and understand his desires. The writer has taken a simple Leggi tutto
Overall a nice book, with beautiful descriptions of village life and people. But I was not as captivated by it as I was with other books by her. It was a little slow, and I didn't feel strongly for any of the characters (contrasting against Mistress, where I could empathize with all of the four main Leggi tutto
The only aspect in this book that’s worth an applause is the cover art. But apparently there are different versions of the book cover since the book was published by many publishers. I specifically liked the one which showcases an elderly man, shielding himself from rains with a feeble umbrella, kee Leggi tutto
It took me a surprisingly long time to finish this book. This is my first tryst with Anita Nair and I loved the imagery created by her while describing even dreary things like the death of Bhasi's father who falls to his death while climbing a coconut tree - "For many years the tree had known the pa Leggi tutto
One of the best books I've read in the recent past. I was engrossed in this book from the first page and could let go of the story only by the end. This novel is much better than Ladies Coupe - the much acclaimed book by the same author. This is a slightly melancholic story of a confirmed bachelor w Leggi tutto
I admired the author's refusal to create a happy ending. The protagonist, Mukundan, begins the struggle to recover his life and begin to create something worthwhile under the tutelage of a village house painter, but then stumbles when faced with deeper problems in his own character. The depiction of Leggi tutto
A good read. Actually started reading many months back. Took a long time to read the first 150 pages. After that, the narrative gains more pace and I finished the remaining pages rather quickly. The author has given attention to detail and carefully constructed each vital character as the story prog Leggi tutto
Well written, complex but not so much so that it was hard to follow. I fealt that the characters and situations were realistic. I don't think the paranormal events were dealt with well, however I would recommend .
The Better Man is the story of Mukundan, a fifty two year old retired government employee who returns back to his village Kaikurissi in North Kerela. He is haunted by feelings of inadequacy as he tries to live up to the expectations of his harsh and domineering father and feelings of guilt about not Leggi tutto
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