Adiga brings it with Between the Assassinations
January 24, 2011 1 Comment
If you have read The White Tiger, you won’t be disappointed Aravind Adiga‘s followup, Between the Assassinations. Adiga takes his readers to the fictional coastal city of Kittur in Southwest India and gives a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of some of its residents.
The stories in the book take place “between the assassinations” of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 and her son (who became prime minister in 1984) Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. While the city and the people may be made up, the issues they face are very real for those in India. The book deals with everything from issues of caste, sexual disease, drug problems, political corruption, the influx of villagers seeking a better life in the city, and much more.
Coming in to the novel I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get into it, due to the jumping from one short story to the next. Fortunately, Adiga managed to write compelling stories with strong characters and I was hooked on the majority of them. The one criticism I can point out was that there didn’t feel like any conclusion or tying up of loose ends, which I’m so used to. I understand it was a glimpse into the daily lives and not meant to be a long tale, but some cases they felt clipped and left me wanting more (in a bad way).
If you decide to read Between the Assassinations, it’s great for travel or the daily commute into work. You’ll be able to read each story and feel a small sense of accomplishment each time you finish a story.
I’m happy Adiga’s sophomore output wasn’t a disappointment, as many are, so I’m anticipating his next release, which I hope comes sooner rather than later. I give Between the Assassinations a 4/5.
Have you read it? Let me know what you thought.