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A Life of Adventure and Delight review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó Akhil Sharma Akhil Sharma Ó 3 free download Heart stopping and darkly comic stories from a writer of “brilliant authenticity” New York Times Book ReviewAkhil Sharma’s masterful stories focus on Indian protagonists at home and abroad and plunge the reader into the unpredictable workings of the human heart A young woman in an arranged marriage awakens one day surpri. Originally posted on my blogThe Improbability of Love Akhil Sharma s A Life of Adventure and DelightAkhil Sharma s A Life of Adventure and Delight is a collection of eight short stories about Indians living in India and abroad Woven together by the common themes of love and its improbability grief loneliness the impossibility of connection and the pursuit of happiness the stories offer a glimpse into the codes that operate and govern individuals in societyThe stories uite often undercut the expectations set up by the title of the collection The characters in the stories are neither invested in adventure nor are their lives particularly delightful The stories are darkly comic with several shades of melancholia dilemma and contradictionOf Indians at home and abroadThe characters that inhabit the short stories are Indians located in parts of India and abroad They function according to certain social codes many of which are part of the experience of growing up in India or inheriting Indian culture and value systems which are diverse in themselves through immigrant parents and family members In the case of the latter especially for second generation immigrants social codes may often appear confusing and contradictoryIn the story Surrounded by Sleep for example young Ajay who encounters grief and hopelessness with his brother s accident and paralysis considers prayer as bargain to be a sly and confused way of appealing to a greater force When Ajay is told that God can take any form he begins to imagine Him as Clark Kent only to be rebuked by his mother The story highlights the many manipulative ways in which people attempt to please God and make Him listen to their prayers as well as the futility of it all Ajay uestions how chanting and burning incense can undo the three minutes of his brother s accidentWhile characters located outside India mostly in the West have the agency to uestion the absurdity of certain social codes perhaps because of their geographical and ideological distance characters located in India are provided with lesser flexibility of thought perhaps because of their proximity In the story We Didn t Like Him the adult narrator comments retrospectively on the relationship he had with one of his cousins He saysSince he belonged to my aunt s husband s family we had to show him the respect due to a family that takes a daughter awayThe stories also provide a critical glimpse into social codes that are specific to gender race disability caste and classThe pursuit of happinessIrrespective of their location the characters in the novel are in pursuit of happiness In the story You Are Happy for instance Lakshman musesThe occasional person walking across a road seemed like life going on like life was always going to go on and so somewhere there was the possibility of things being different and happiness existingHowever happiness is always short lived and there is loneliness and grief have to be grappled with In the story If You Sing Like That for Me the narrator protagonist hums along to a song by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi which says that grief is no letter to be passed around to whoever wants to read In other words grief and loneliness are burdens to be borne aloneYet there seems to be a shared understanding that one must suffer before one can love and be loved Cosmopolitan for example tells the story of two divorcees a man Gopal and a woman Mrs Shaw Gopal believes that by following the relationship advice given in women s magazines he will be able to make Mrs Shaw fall in love with him He imagines that they will connect easily the magazine articles make attachment appear effortless because both of them know what it means to suffer alone He expects tears and recriminations but Mrs Shaw gives him plain details of her divorce making him apprehensive of their intimacySuch apprehensions also arise in the title story A Life of Adventure and Delight Both the title story and Cosmopolitan draw attention to how in relationships partners can know and trust each other only by narrating their stories by revealing their strengths and vulnerabilities However the one knows one s partner the they begin to appear as complicated and flawed as oneselfThe improbability of loveThe stories therefore foreground that love in all kinds of relationships if often improbable Love is neither black nor white but belongs to an inconsistent and feared grey area This is a fact that we do not want to acknowledge even to ourselves The characters in these stories want to love but they don t know how or they find themselves unable to trust people enough to love them or they simply realize that love is fleeting by nature The impossibility of sustained connection is emphasized time and againIn the story If You Sing Like That for Me the narrator protagonist is a married woman who wakes up one day to find herself in love with her husband Unable to trust her alcoholic father enough to love him she invests her love in her husband whom she married in order to dispel her loneliness She wonders what kind of love they could have In the end she is disappointed because her husband dares to remark on the grey ness of love He saysThere are so many people in the world that it is hard not to think that there are others you could love The grey ness is also pointed out by the narrator in the story Cosmopolitan He remarks that it is in fact impossible to live with someone for a long period of time because if you know someone that well you are bound to be disappointed Moreover love reuires a certain suspension of belief I often find it difficult to review short story collections because one has to treat the collection as a whole but also consider each short story as an independently functioning universe With Sharma s collection this difficulty does not persist as the stories do have common themes and leitmotifs So while the characters may occupy seemingly distinct universes Sharma employs them to lay bare human psyche in its raw form stripping it of the veil of morality He puts the unspoken the cruelty of children and of adults the tendency towards promiscuity the desire to manipulate and control our partners among other things into wordsTo conclude the stories in this collection reveal that human beings function according to social codes in pursuit of happiness and love in an attempt to rid themselves of loneliness and grief but are only met with the improbability of love and the impossibility of sustained connection As the narrator in Cosmopolitan remarks This is who we are dusty corroded and dented from our voyages with our unflagging hearts rattling on inside A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma published by Hamish Hamilton Penguin Random House India 2017 This book was sent to me for review by the publisher through a review program coordinated by Vivek Tejuja of The Hungry Reader The views expressed however are entirely my own The Vampire Stories of R Chetwynd Hayes reader into the unpredictable workings of the human heart A young woman in an arranged marriage awakens one day surpri. Originally posted on my blogThe Improbability of Love Akhil Sharma s A Life of Adventure and DelightAkhil Sharma s A Life of Adventure and Delight is a collection of eight short stories about Indians living in India and abroad Woven together by the common themes of love and its improbability grief loneliness the impossibility of connection and the pursuit of happiness the stories offer a glimpse into the codes that operate and govern individuals in societyThe stories uite often undercut the expectations set up by the title of the collection The characters in the stories are neither invested in adventure nor are their lives particularly delightful The stories are darkly comic with several shades of melancholia dilemma and contradictionOf Indians at home and abroadThe characters that inhabit the short stories are Indians located in parts of India and abroad They function according to certain social codes many of which are part of the experience of growing up in India or inheriting Indian culture and value systems which are diverse in themselves through immigrant parents and family members In the case of the latter especially for second generation immigrants social codes may often appear confusing and contradictoryIn the story Surrounded by Sleep for example young Ajay who encounters grief and hopelessness with his brother s accident and paralysis considers prayer as bargain to be a sly and confused way of appealing to a greater force When Ajay is told that God can take any form he begins to imagine Him as Clark Kent only to be Of Mice and Men rebuked by his mother The story highlights the many manipulative ways in which people attempt to please God and make Him listen to their prayers as well as the futility of it all Ajay uestions how chanting and burning incense can undo the three minutes of his brother s accidentWhile characters located outside India mostly in the West have the agency to uestion the absurdity of certain social codes perhaps because of their geographical and ideological distance characters located in India are provided with lesser flexibility of thought perhaps because of their proximity In the story We Didn t Like Him the adult narrator comments Tom Goes to Kindergarten retrospectively on the The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume II relationship he had with one of his cousins He saysSince he belonged to my aunt s husband s family we had to show him the The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adoption respect due to a family that takes a daughter awayThe stories also provide a critical glimpse into social codes that are specific to gender The Damned Never Die race disability caste and classThe pursuit of happinessIrrespective of their location the characters in the novel are in pursuit of happiness In the story You Are Happy for instance Lakshman musesThe occasional person walking across a Scholastic Success with 2nd Grade Workbook road seemed like life going on like life was always going to go on and so somewhere there was the possibility of things being different and happiness existingHowever happiness is always short lived and there is loneliness and grief have to be grappled with In the story If You Sing Like That for Me the narrator protagonist hums along to a song by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi which says that grief is no letter to be passed around to whoever wants to The Hound of the Baskervilles read In other words grief and loneliness are burdens to be borne aloneYet there seems to be a shared understanding that one must suffer before one can love and be loved Cosmopolitan for example tells the story of two divorcees a man Gopal and a woman Mrs Shaw Gopal believes that by following the 僕のヒーローアカデミア すまっしゅ 4 recriminations but Mrs Shaw gives him plain details of her divorce making him apprehensive of their intimacySuch apprehensions also arise in the title story A Life of Adventure and Delight Both the title story and Cosmopolitan draw attention to how in INTERRACIAL 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