27 September, 2020

Telemachus In Belsize Park

Readers who have been praying fervently for an antidote to Chetan Bhagat novels will have ample reason to believe in the existence of God

Telemachus In Belsize Park
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Readers who have been praying fervently for an antidote to Chetan Bhagat novels will have ample reason to believe in the existence of God should they chance upon Amit Chaudhuri’s Odysseus Abroad. Chaudhuri’s latest offering gives us the student life scrubbed clean of all vulgar excesses—no campus, no middle-class hankering for IIT or MBA degrees, no girlfriends (half or whole), no unnecessary melodrama and twists and turns of plot, nothing that could be accused of being in poor taste. This is the quiet romance of a young man in love with his own thoughts, delivered in flawless English.

Odysseus Abroad is a slim, sparsely populated, thinly plotted novel. It follows the life of Ananda Sen, a twenty-two-year-old Bengali student living in a flat in London’s central district as he pursues a degree in English literature and nurses ambitions of becoming a modernist poet. Ananda is young, shy and disconcer­ted by the move from India to England, which abruptly robs him of his social class and simultaneously saddles him with the burden...

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