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The Long Walk Home By Manreet Sodhi Someshwar – book review

Posted in Book reviews, Partition by Pippa on August 27, 2009

The Sunday Tribune,  August 23, 2009

Tumultuous history of Punjab by Aradhika Sharma

Some things don’t change Anant, you are the son, Neymat tells her brother as the three siblings (Anant, Neymat and Noor) gather to mourn the death of their father, the protagonist of the story. The Long Walk Home is the journey of Baksh, the man who had lived through the holocaust of Partition. It’s an ambitious panorama that she undertakes to paint but her technique of telling the story of the life of one man and about the life of two nations through his experiences pulls the story through.

Someshwar, as a matter of fact, has taken quite a risk because she not only seeks to portray the troubled pre-Partition and Partition times but also tries to straddle two-time frames, thus integrating history into the modern-day scenario. This could have resulted in rather confusing reading, but Someshwar, with consummate skill, manages to give the book a linearity that makes it seemingly easy. She uses what she calls “the device of layering the intimate with the epic to make history accessible”.

Read full book review: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090823/spectrum/book2.htm

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