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A Strange and Sublime Address, Amit Chaudhuri s first book, features a Bengali boy who spends his school holidays at his uncle s home in Calcutta Heatwaves, thunderstorms, mealtimes, prayer sessions, shopping expeditions and family visits create a shifting background to the shaping of people s lives Delicate, nuanced, full of exquisite detail, A Strange and Sublime AddreA Strange and Sublime Address, Amit Chaudhuri s first book, features a Bengali boy who spends his school holidays at his uncle s home in Calcutta Heatwaves, thunderstorms, mealtimes, prayer sessions, shopping expeditions and family visits create a shifting background to the shaping of people s lives Delicate, nuanced, full of exquisite detail, A Strange and Sublime Address is a small masterpiece The book also includes nine short stories about the city.
  • Title: A Strange and Sublime Address
  • Author: Amit Chaudhuri
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Kindle Edition

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Sita Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Sublime indeed. This is probably the best book I have read in the past few years. Indian books are often expected to have "colour" and "chaos" and "flavour". Not that there is anything wrong with the books that do have this, but it can't be denied that such expectations have certain orientalist implications.A Strange & Sublime Address on the other hand, is an incredibly moving portrait that captures an elusive spirit of middle class India. It basks in the beauty of the every day, of the sill [...]
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Jayaram Vengayil Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Reading Amit Chaudhuri's 'A Strange and Sublime Address' is like sipping vintage wine on a transcontinental flight. You're in the same seat seemingly not having gone anywhere but mysteriously transported without your own knowledge to another place, another time. All this with the smoothness of velvety turns of phrase and clever manipulations of language. If you're looking for a story or a purpose then there is none. But then is there any purpose in sipping a glass of vintage wine on a long fligh [...]
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Samir Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
I had almost abandoned 'A strange and Sublime Address' but then decided not to. Soon I realized that the slow paced narrative is actually what the story being told demands to create the idle atmosphere of Calcutta's summer. Everyone who has spent their share of summer holidays at their maternal uncle's place will understand where the book is coming from. Almost nothing happens as pages flow and yet a sense of nostalgia is instilled. Amit Chaudhuri brings the little joys and disappointments in a [...]
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Devika Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Chaudhari the mood magician. He cant tell a good story if you put a gun to his head but that's okay because that's not his job. His job is to shape with deft fingers beautiful images of everyday life where nothing happenswhere the whole day is composed of a series of dot dot dots where languid days of summer stretch into the horizon punctuated only by pigeon flutterings and afternoon siestas. What is the book about then? Nothing, really - simply the patchwork display of everyday sound, smell, [...]
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Tilottama Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
I'm tempted to give it 4 stars instead of 3 simple because of its first half. He beautifully strings together the everyday nothings in a Bengali household till a point, after which there was something amiss. Hence the 3 stars.
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Ashima Jain Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Reading this book, one can't help but notice the exquisite way the author strings his words into sentences to create absolute magic. I loved the story that the book begins with and takes more than half the pages. That of Sandeep.The other short stories that follow are sometimes strange, sometimes sublime, each leaving you wondering about the darkness beneath what meets the eye.
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Arti Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Sandeep, an only child living in a Bombay, comes with his mother to his maternal uncle’s house to spend his vacations with his cousins Abhi and Babla. This book has a mention of two such vacations one and a half year apart, one in the summers and one in the winters of the following year. The way the kids spend their time in the summer vacation, looking at the pigeons, watching the passers by, sitting on the balcony, looking at the palm tree in the neighborhood reflects how innocent childhood i [...]
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Maureen Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
One of those books where nothing happens and that's ok. Lovely prose describing two holidays on the life of 10-year-old Sandeep, who travels from the modern apartment of his parents in Bombay in the school holidays to the more chaotic world of his extended family in Calcutta. A story of rickshawallas and all the kids in one bed, of learning to speak some Bengali and coping with the diabolical heat. It gives a feel of India in 250 pages.
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Scotch Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Too many tacky metaphors and similes. I tried to work past it but then THIS happened on page 12–13: "a grating, earthy noise, like a drunk man cracking an obscene joke in a guttural dialect and laughing at it at the same time," and "each year is like a precious deposit in a newly opened bank account." NEWLY OPENED BANK ACCOUNT. I closed the book immediately and gave up. I'll give some of his later works a try
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Bhavani Nyanajegaran Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
How do u describe a book like this? Phenomenally detailed description. You're literally taken to each room and brought face to face with every character.
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Nidhi Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
bapok, as they say in bengali. a charming little book.
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Pratiti Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
A Strange and sublime addressThe book is as its title refers, "strange". There is not much of a plot going on the plot front as it deals with the subtle unfolding of events during two school vacations.Kolkata is portrayed here , not in it's majestic glory of "The great imperial city", but through its by lanes of filth , despair and very middle class ambition.The book is like a old story that has been recounted in drawing rooms adaas, at parties , at reunions . It has the perfect mix of truth and [...]
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Pratiti Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
The book is as it's title refers, "strange". There is not much of a plot going on the plot front as it deals with the subtle unfolding of events during two school vacations.Kolkata is portrayed here , not in it's majestic glory of "The great imperial city", but through it's by lanes of filth , despair and very middle class ambition.The book is like a old story that was been recounted in drawing rooms adaas, at parties , at reunions . It has the perfect mix of truth and colourwhich blend to becom [...]
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Christiane Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
This is a subtle, beautifully written novel, full to the brim (though at times overflowing) with metaphors, analogies and similes. A family visit to an oddly peaceful, calm, safe and serene Calcutta in the heat of summer is described in loving detail. Chaudhuri’s Calcutta is not the dirty, noisy, crowded madhouse described by most contemporary Indian authors but a place where even the traffic jams are “punctual, ceremonial and glorious”. In the same spirit, life in the modest Calcutta home [...]
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Anindita Satpathi Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
I had not expected a series of short stories at the end. It's like an unexpected bonus section. The story is sublime, full of humour that is at almost at odds with the meditative unfurling of the story. My only grouse: the average Bengali parent isn't as kind and large-hearted as this seems to suggest.
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Evan James Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
very descriptive but not much else
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Anirban Nanda Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Before this, I had read two other books by Amit Chaudhuri: Real Time and Afternoon Raag. I immediately liked the tone, the clarity of descriptions. But I think his artistry attained a sublime height in this book. At times, the ordinary, simple moments became objects of triumphant importance. There were events that were so culturally unique to a Bengali that I often found myself nodding and smiling as I read. With Sandeep, I too, remembered my childhood. This is an astonishing achievement that wo [...]
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Saumya L Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Slow, lazy, laid-back, and yet enthralling. This is a rare type of book which manages to capture the reader's attention despite not having a definite plot. Personally, although I'm not a Bengali, I have always been very fascinated by Bengali culture and their lifestyle. So when I heard that this book was based on a Mumbai (then Bombay) based child who visits Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) to live with his relatives and experiences every aspect of Calcutta and the lifestyle of the people there, I kn [...]
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Sree Veliyath Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
The chapters revolving around Sandeep and his vacations in Calcutta, that make up for almost three-quarters of the book, are truly magical! I read some reviews where the extensive description of almost anything and everything (my deepest reverence to Mr. Chaudhuri's imaginative metaphors) was criticised. In my opinion, the enthralling descriptions are what gives the book its charm and make us silent spectators of Sandeep's mystical adventures. The remaining part, though it lacked a sense of purp [...]
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Avishek Bhattacharjee Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Spoiler alert:Very Very ordinary novelTopic:Maternal home-a strange and sublime addressThis strangeness stays way inside our heart,from small happiness to big fight,from vacation to the journey->each and every moment come to us as garland of memories,we live this awkwardness,unexpressed.These feelings,these stories are too trivial to portray in this world of business,pragmatism and artificial clumsiness.Amit Chaudhuri has taken this bold step to sum up these token of love and jot it down for [...]
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Sundeep Mallya Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Well written. One is transported into the languid world of everyday life in Calcutta. I liked the first story which spans about three quarters of the book. There is no storyline as such but reading through the chapters I almost felt like I was right there observing the little boy and his family on their vacation to Calcutta.The last quarter of the book are independent short stories, which I did not like so much, and I just rushed through those to the end of the book.
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Sindhuja Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Most parts of this book is about a long lazy summer holiday, a luxury very few of us can afford today. I found all the elaborate descriptions very enjoyable in the beginning but they became very dull and nearly biting towards the end. It makes for a very lazy read, not a story that grabs your attention and hence very easy to put down in the middle.
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Sayantan Ghosh Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
This book is an indelible portrait of the little joys of life, like sailing a paperboat on a rainy day or finding a seat at your favorite restaurant without having to wait. Especially for Calcuttans living outside their city, this is like going back home.
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Saloni Chaudhary Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
I realized I don't really like books that are too descriptive of little things. The jar, the cups, the door, the floor, the cupboard! It says nothing about human emotions, feelings, tendencies, and behavior, which I particularly look forward to in a book.
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James Dawkins Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Loved it - slow languid and sensual writing slowly building up and then just fading out. Took you straight into to Calcutta, the house and the family. A " good read "
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Keith Miller Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
A Strange and Sublime Address by Amit Chaudhuri (1991)
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Vishesh Unni Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
My first Chaudhuri and a lovely surprise it was! Laid back, slow and rich- the sort of book which can make any day a Sunday.
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Swastisha Nov 17, 2018 - 04:09 AM
nostalgia's flight to childhood
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A Strange and Sublime Address By Amit Chaudhuri A Strange and Sublime Address, Amit Chaudhuri s first book, features a Bengali boy who spends his school holidays at his uncle s home in Calcutta Heatwaves, thunderstorms, mealtimes, prayer sessions, shopping expeditions and family visits create a shifting background to the shaping of people s lives Delicate, nuanced, full of exquisite detail, A Strange and Sublime AddreA Strange and Sublime Address, Amit Chaudhuri s first book, features a Bengali boy who spends his school holidays at his uncle s home in Calcutta Heatwaves, thunderstorms, mealtimes, prayer sessions, shopping expeditions and family visits create a shifting background to the shaping of people s lives Delicate, nuanced, full of exquisite detail, A Strange and Sublime Address is a small masterpiece The book also includes nine short stories about the city.

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