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The hero's walk : a novel (original 2001; édition 2001)

par Anita Rau Badami

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After the release of Anita Rau Badami's critically acclaimed first novel,Tamarind Mem, it was evident a promising new talent had joined the Canadian literary community. Her dazzling literary follow-up isThe Hero's Walk, a novel teeming with the author's trademark tumble of the haphazard beauty, wreckage and folly of ordinary lives. Set in the dusty seaside town of Toturpuram on the Bay of Bengal,The Hero's Walktraces the terrain of family and forgiveness through the lives of an exuberant cast of characters bewildered by the rapid pace of change in today's India. Each member of the Rao family pits his or her chance at personal fulfillment against the conventions of a crumbling caste and class system. Anita Rau Badami explains that "The Hero's Walkis a novel about so many things: loss, disappointment, choices and the importance of coming to terms with yourself and the circumstances of your life without losing the dignity embedded in all of us. At one level it is about heroism - not the hero of the classic epic, those enormous god-sized heroes - but my fascination with the day-to-day heroes and the heroism that's needed to survive all the unexpected disasters and pitfalls of life."… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:The hero's walk : a novel
Auteurs:Anita Rau Badami
Info:Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2001.
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This is the last book in my three year postal book club journey. It's not a book I would have picked up on my own as I rarely enjoy slice-of-life literary fiction. This book definitely falls in the "Oprah book" category of a book about miserable people leading miserable lives, but I can't call it an over all miserable book or say that it ends miserably. The writing is evocative, and while I absolutely abhorred the grandmother, I appreciated the other characters, even in their saddest moments. If I'm honest, despite the lovely, skilled writing, I most likely would have bailed on this in print. This kind of literary fiction just is not my cup of tea. The audiobook narrator, Laara Sadiq, however, does an exquisite job, and made even the most dreary, slow sections of the plot bearable. ( )
  DGRachel | Jul 11, 2019 |
3.5 stars

Sripathi and his daughter had a falling out when she moved to Canada from India and wanted to marry someone she met there. They never spoke again, though Maya went on to have a little girl herself, Nandana. Unfortunately, when Nandana was only 7-years old, Maya and her husband died in a car crash. Sripathi had to collect his granddaughter and bring her to India to take care of her and to live with the rest of the family: his son, Arun, his sister, Putti (who never got married, as their mother never approved of anyone!), their mother, Ammayya, and Sripathi’s wife, Nirmala.

It started a bit slow for me, as I found it tricky to figure out who was who, as there were a lot of characters! There was also (at least at first) some jumping around in time, as characters were lost in their memories, as well as present day, so I found that trickier to follow, as well. I enjoyed Nandana’s story from the start. The book got better in the second half, once I figured out (mostly!) who was who. However, I didn’t like Sripathi much: especially in the first half - I found him to be a very angry man. ( )
  LibraryCin | Dec 4, 2017 |
Badami deals very well with the Inter and Intra generational conflicts of a South Indian Brahmin family beset by a tragedy. Will the tragedy bring them together or pull them apart? Badami is a great storyteller and handles the delicate subject with finesse. ( )
  Writermala | May 21, 2016 |
Sripathi Rao lives in the house in which he was born in a coastal Indian town. The house used to be grand, but it has deteriorated due to time and lack of money for keeping up such a large house. Sripathi supports his wife, his elderly mother, his spinster sister, and his twenty-something son, who prefers activism to gainful employment. He never mentions his daughter, Maya, who lives in Canada with her husband and daughter. He shut Maya out of his life when she chose to marry a Canadian man she met while studying at a Canadian university. Then a phone call changes everything. Maya and her husband have died in an accident, leaving their 7-year-old daughter, Nandana, an orphan. Maya's husband had no family, so Sripathi makes a journey to Canada to bring Nandana back to India. Grief takes a toll on each member of the family. Can they hold on to what they still have, or will grief drive them even further apart?

This novel reminds me of Anne Tyler's work. The author takes an ordinary family and looks at the impact of a major event on each member of the family and the changes in the family dynamic. It's not a demanding book, but it's not necessarily a quick read, either. The combination of strong characters and a vivid sense of place make this a book that will stick with me for some time. ( )
3 voter cbl_tn | Apr 23, 2016 |
i'm not even really sure how to sum up what i am feeling about this read, but i feel very disappointed that i didn't like this novel more.

grief and disappointment are tricky terrains - in life and in fiction. it's important to honour how people navigate these periods in their lives, and everyone will do things in their own way. at the same time, if you are enduring grief and disappointments, you don't want to alienate those closest to you. i felt alienated by badami's story. i felt like, by the time the glimmer of hope surfaced at the end of the book, it was too little, too late. a lot of the story was weighed down by feelings of hopelessness, sadness, negativity, and pessimism. there was so much struggle going on here but, to me, the threads for all the different reasons didn't come together well, or at all in some cases.

i loved the setting, and putti was the one character who i was most curious about, and whose storyline i looked forward to reading more about. the rest of it... meh. (and i am really sorry about that.)

this novel is in the running for the 2016 edition of canada reads. the theme is 'starting over'. i don't know how well this book addresses that, since the ending is really the beginning, at least as far as that context is concerned. but i look forward to hearing how the panelist will position the book during the debates. ( )
  JooniperD | Mar 16, 2016 |
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After the release of Anita Rau Badami's critically acclaimed first novel,Tamarind Mem, it was evident a promising new talent had joined the Canadian literary community. Her dazzling literary follow-up isThe Hero's Walk, a novel teeming with the author's trademark tumble of the haphazard beauty, wreckage and folly of ordinary lives. Set in the dusty seaside town of Toturpuram on the Bay of Bengal,The Hero's Walktraces the terrain of family and forgiveness through the lives of an exuberant cast of characters bewildered by the rapid pace of change in today's India. Each member of the Rao family pits his or her chance at personal fulfillment against the conventions of a crumbling caste and class system. Anita Rau Badami explains that "The Hero's Walkis a novel about so many things: loss, disappointment, choices and the importance of coming to terms with yourself and the circumstances of your life without losing the dignity embedded in all of us. At one level it is about heroism - not the hero of the classic epic, those enormous god-sized heroes - but my fascination with the day-to-day heroes and the heroism that's needed to survive all the unexpected disasters and pitfalls of life."

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