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We That Are Young

We That Are Young The story of a billionaire family dynasty led by a gold plated madman stewed in corruption mired in violence riven by infighting deception and lies The resonances will be there for anyone who kno

  • Title: We That Are Young
  • Author: Preti Taneja
  • ISBN: 9781910296783
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story of a billionaire family dynasty, led by a gold plated madman, stewed in corruption, mired in violence, riven by infighting, deception and lies The resonances will be there for anyone who knows King Lear not to mention anyone struggling to come to terms with the new world order from the rise of the religious right wing in India to the Trump dynasty in the UniThe story of a billionaire family dynasty, led by a gold plated madman, stewed in corruption, mired in violence, riven by infighting, deception and lies The resonances will be there for anyone who knows King Lear not to mention anyone struggling to come to terms with the new world order from the rise of the religious right wing in India to the Trump dynasty in the United States This is not just Shakespeare repurposed for our times it s a novel that urgently matters in 2017, and which will resonate for years to come.Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Devraj family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch from the vast corporation he founded, the Devraj Company On the same day, Sita, Devraj s youngest daughter, absconds refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita s older sisters, must deal with the fallout And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the luxury hotels and spas of New Delhi and Amritsar, the Palaces and slums of Napurthala, to Srinagar, Kashmir Told in astonishing prose a great torrent of words and imagery We that are young is a modern day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage Set against the backdrop of the anti corruption protests in 2011 2012, it provides startling insights into modern India, the clash of youth and age, the hectic pace of life in one of the world s fastest growing economies and the ever present spectre of death More than that, this is a novel about the human heart And its breaking point.

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    1. Now deservedly part of the outstanding shortlist for the 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize for 'gorgeous prose and hardcore literary fiction' from small, independent presses. Edgar: The weight of this sad time we must obey.Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.The oldest hath borne most. We that are youngShall never see so much, nor live so long.King Lear, Act 5 Scene 3 Postscript to my review: Disappointed this missed out on the Booker, particularly to Arundhati Roy's messy The Minist [...]

    2. NOW SHORTLISTED FOR THE REPUBLIC OF CONSICOUSNESS PRIZEGalley Beggar Press is a small publisher responsible which aims to produce and support beautiful books and a vibrant, eclectic, risk-taking range of literature and which declares an aim to publish books that are hardcore literary fiction and gorgeous prose – a description which has been taken as the criteria for the Republic Of Consciousness prize.Its most striking success to date has been in being prepared to publish Eimear McBride's A Gi [...]

    3. We That Are Young has a feel to it that's not dissimilar to Salman Rushdie's recent, 2017, novel, The Golden House. That's praise. Both novels ultimately revolve around a big figure, a patriarch, who is revealed to be rather less worthy of the adulation that his status and visibility might indicate. Preti Taneja's Devraj Bapuji to Rushdie's Nero Golden. Both books shine a spotlight on an India of the latter 20th century, far removed from the deference or degradation (depending on your viewpoint) [...]

    4. NOW RE-READ AFTER ITS INCLUSION ON THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE LONG LIST.We That Are Young is published by Galley Beggar Press. Perhaps best known as the publisher that took the risk on A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing after everyone else had rejected it (it went on to win the Women’s Prize for Fiction), Galley Beggar Press is also the publisher of the wonderful Forbidden Line that I read earlier this year and which remains one of the most unusual books I have read in 2017.My thanks to Ga [...]

    5. We that are young, by Preti Taneja, is a fabulous reworking of King Lear. Having enjoyed a number of adaptations of this Shakespearean tragedy on stage I was familiar with the direction the arc of the story was likely to take. This did not in any way detract from my enjoyment. The book is big in size, scope and depth. The action is set in modern India and offers a masterclass in the country, its people, and the stubborness and hurt inherent in wider family feuds.The tale opens with the return of [...]

    6. A modern day re-telling of "King Lear", 'We Are That Young' is a brilliant exploration of greed, corruption and vice in modern India. The novel follows the aristocrat-cum-royal family of Devraj; a patriarch whose puissance dissolves once he cedes ownership of his company to his elder daughters, Garghi and Radha, only to rise, ephemerally, like a phoenix, in a haze of self-righteous indignation against the corruption inherent in the company he set-up, riding a wife of populism based on deep-seate [...]

    7. 3.5 stars, rounded up for its audacity "We That Are Young" is a retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear, set in India at the time of the anti-corruption riots (2011). It is creative and compelling but the writing made me feel rather feverish and discombobulated - I think this had a lot to do with the large amounts of untranslated Hindu interspersed throughout. There were certainly moments of genius here, but I do think that (at over 500 pages) this book might have benefited from more ruthless editi [...]

    8. We That Are Young by Preti TanejaThis spirited debut, one of the year’s most original novels, is an exquisite retelling of King Lear set in modern New DelhiReview by Alexander NurnbergThe Sunday Times, August 6 2017, 12:01amWhoever was asked to write the blurb for Preti Taneja’s novel We That Are Young must have faced something of a quandary: when, or how (perhaps, even, whether) to reveal that it is a retelling of King Lear.You can understand the problem. How best to acknowledge the ingenui [...]

    9. This should have been right smack dab in my wheelhouse, given my penchant for both Indian lit and Shakespeare (it's a modern retelling of Lear) but I must say, despite some gorgeous prose, I found it for the most part rather tedious and almost gave up halfway through. In need of much judicious editing (the inciting incident of the patriarch's division of his spoils doesn't even occur into well over 100 pages into this LONG 553 pages!), I was also more than a little annoyed by the miniscule print [...]

    10. This sprawling tragic novel about a billionaire Indian family based on Shakespeare's King Lear is full of madness, corruption, murder, and deceit. Like Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the setting is largely Delhi and Kashmir. Taneja does an excellent job portraying modern-day India's new rich, the country's economic turmoil, and all its walks of life.

    11. Almost literal application of King Lear to an Indian Company situation with family ownerships. But it is hard to replicate the same level of conspiracy, intrigue and killings in an Indian Company Boardroom context and that is the biggest chink in the story. Most plot points feel contrived, and some laugh-out-loud ridiculous. Using a Shakespeare tragedy to tell a story isn't all that new, and many have done a great job of it. Rohinton Mistry in Family Matters, Vishal Bhardwaj's movies for instanc [...]

    12. 3.5. That took pretty long. Preti Taneja's prose is beautiful and layered, which suits an adaptation of King Lear. Unfortunately, her characters are not consistent. I had this feeling that the male characters were very weakly written. The women in the book are brilliant though, so layered and conflict-filled that you cannot help but love them.And maybe this is just me, but I expected much more from the climax. It seemed too serendipitous to me.

    13. Now, the most winning stories always have the same cast of characters in one form or another. There is a set of twins, or double-beings, a trainee architect, a father, or uncle, or brother, a desirable sister with no self-control, and of course, incestuous love. There is always a narrator: an old man in a pickle factory, sitting on his chutpoy reading Dickens in the old English language, framed by a picture of the Taj Mahal. The settings are new worlds, the language tricksy. Pah. Making up words [...]

    14. We that are young is ambitious. So very ambitious, and so very good.Most strikingly it’s a thorough and impressive academic exercise, but it’s also a great story, engrossingly told, a refreshing study of female sexuality and the male perception of it, and a Trainspotting-esque seminal moment in literature for young, wealthy Indians. And that’s not even mentioning the writing, which, by the way, is shockingly good.This is a novel to spend a good amount of time with. It’s long already, bef [...]

    15. What a read. This book is like a tightly woven tapestry, interweaving cultural and literary worlds with great depth, and leaving plenty of frayed edges! I was instantly drawn into its murky tale of Indian aristocracy and was particularly impressed by the female characters, they owned this novel for me. The interlacing of Hindi was also brilliantly done. I saw another reviewer comment that he needed to run away and google it but I think that misses the point. For the most part it's used in such a [...]

    16. A great book can be great at different levels, but a bad one doesn’t have that luxury. Mislaid by all the hype and praise from western critics made me pick up this book. Probably this is the worst book I read in a long time. Pathetic plotting, miserable attempt at adapting King Lear in Indian context, lack of real knowledge on the subcontinent is so evident. I got migraine by constant feel of something getting drilled into my brain. I hardly write reviews, but this time thought that it was my [...]

    17. Another stunning book from Galley Beggar Press. Preto Taneja takes us to the world of an Indian super-dynasty. The story is told through the eyes of the five daughters and nephews of the increasingly deranged head of one of India’s largest industrial corporations. The business has been built on the back of the old ways of back-handers and corruption, but the youngsters have different ideas about bringing it up to date. Three modern Indian women, two modern Indian men, a web of love, lies and m [...]

    18. A little mad but well written. I would have enjoyed it much more had I not known the plot to King Lear, but hey, that's the price you pay for knowing Shakespeare.

    19. 4.5 Stars Although it felt overwritten at times, this novel was a sharp examination of many of the issues that burden contemporary India.

    20. I was sent a proof of this novel. Taneja's debut is a thing of weight and is so timely with the recent political developments in India. Weighty issues aside, there is also a deeply moving story of being human, of secrets we hold from one another, of hidden lives and submerged desires. It uses Lear to brilliant effect and is certainly a novel for contemporary fiction / post colonial modules on degree pathways. Read it.

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