Pival Sengupta ha acquistato un viaggio organizzato negli Stati Uniti presso un tour operator specializzato per turisti indiani. Ma al contrario dei connazionali benestanti in vacanza, Pival non ha interesse per paesaggi e monumenti. Viaggia da Calcutta a New York, proseguendo poi per la California, per scoprire la verità sull’adorato figlio Rahi. Rahi, trasferitosi da anni in America, ha disintegrato la tradizione familiare dichiarando la propria omosessualità. Il padre lo disconosce e quando, qualche tempo dopo, riceve notizia della morte del figlio, l’annuncia alla moglie come se parlasse di un estraneo.
Alla morte del marito, Pival decide che è arrivato il momento di scoprire se il figlio è morto davvero. Una volta arrivata a New York, si trova ad avere come guida Satya, un giovane bangladese da poco negli Stati Uniti che non ha mai oltrepassato i confini della città, e Rebecca, attrice americana che per sbarcare il lunario si trasforma in dama di compagnia. I reciproci pregiudizi e la fondamentale ignoranza di ciascuno verso la cultura dell’altro saranno fonte di vivaci scambi, e durante il viaggio Pival scoprirà che la sua comprensione del figlio, e le sue speranze di riunirsi a lui, sono messe in discussione dalla crescente conoscenza di quello strano Paese. Mentre il legame tra i membri del bizzarro trio si rafforza, Pival, Satya e Rebecca imparano a vedere l’America e loro stessi in modo nuovo e profondo.
Racconto dolceamaro su perdono, speranza e accettazione, Il figlio americano illumina le meraviglie inaspettate che la vita ha in serbo.
- ISBN: 8833210545
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 336
4 stars This is a fictional story of Pival Sengupta, a wealthy widow from Kolkata, India. Her husband Ram has been dead for several months and she decides to go to the United States, ostensibly to take a guided tour, but in reality to find out if her gay son Rahi is alive or dead. When he came out to Leggi tutto
Yes!! I made it out of Las Vegas. Kind of an inside joke, with apologies to those who loved The Goldfinch , but I always say when referring to that book that I never made it out of Vegas. That's where I laid that book aside. Pival from Kolkata is going to America to try to find her son. Told by her h Leggi tutto
An original and charming story. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Pival Sengupta lives in India, and she is recently widowed. A year prior, her son, Rahi, told his parents he was gay and fled for California. Before he died, Pival’s husband told her that their son had died. Pival packs her bags and heads to the United Stat Leggi tutto
Favorite Quotes: They had raised Rebecca with strong assurances that she could be anything she wanted to be, and then, like so many American parents, were surprised and dismayed when she believed them. He ate ravenously at every meal, piling on plate after plate of rice and patting his nonexistent st Leggi tutto
America for Beginners is an extraordinary debut by Leah Franqui. Once I finished the book, it gave me a tremendous sense of lightness and hope. It is something I wanted from a book for a while as I struggle to find a sense of hope from the world nowadays. After so many authors telling me what is wro Leggi tutto
When I saw this book featured on Goodreads and read the summary, I thought I would enjoy the book. As I read the first few chapters and realized that one of the main characters is a Hindu Bangladeshi Bengali from Sylhet, like myself, I was even more excited to keep reading. I’ve never read a book th Leggi tutto
Recently widowed Pival Sengupta is 60 and has never left Kolkata. Her late husband Ram had told her that their son Rahi died in Los Angeles but Pavil never really accepted the news and now she is planning her first trip ever to find out the truth for herself. Rosni (Ronnie) Munshi owns a travel agen Leggi tutto
I loved the premise, but found the execution a bit lacking. I enjoy multiple narrators and non-Anglo points of view, but the promise of the road trip didn't happen until more than halfway into the narrative. I would have enjoyed this book much more had I spent more time with the Bengali widow, she w Leggi tutto
[3.5] I love the the title America for Beginners because it encapsulates this novel's promise. Three people from disparate backgrounds take a road trip across the US. At the center is a widow from India on a quest to "find" her gay, disowned son. Ultimately, I was disappointed - the novel is too nea Leggi tutto
I gave this book my sincere attention for around 30 pages before it started losing my interest. It was at this point that I realized why, after a while, the pages started feeling so laborious to get through. The summary, which describes the story as being about a woman traveling across America? It t Leggi tutto
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