The Death Of Vishnu

The Death Of Vishnu is a Kindle Vishnu Dies And nothing interesting happens Familiarity breeds contempt or in my case it bred indifference The Death of Vishnu is a likable novel and a decent debut

The Death Of Vishnu is a Kindle Vishnu Dies!And nothing interesting happens. Familiarity breeds contempt or in my case, it bred indifference. The Death of Vishnu is a likable novel and a decent debut effort on part of Manil Suri but the story has nothing exceptional to offer to the readers especially if one has read at least one book (ok! Make that two) which mentions ‘Bombay’ in its blurb. An apartment building with residents who share very little in common except one thing – they all are aware about a man who is dying on the staircase landing of their building while the petty issues of the living fosters around him without any respite. Karma comes and goes out of picture at regular intervals with two neighbors who’re always at loggerheads over gaining points to help the dying Vishnu by offering dirty sheets or stale chapatis but don’t have the heart to pay the ambulance to carry him to the hospital for a peaceful death. In between, Vishnu indulges in interior monologues that feature recollection about his mother, his lover, his crushes and his sexual episodes. This is where Suri’s prose shines but it’s not bright enough to engulf the whole book with its brilliance. The story moves in a non-linear structure and its main purpose is to accommodate several characters, their respective storylines and all the topics upon which the author wants to make a commentary through this book but Suri stumbles here while juggling the various elements which gives a rather cluttered instead of a harmonious result. Questions about the relevance of faith against logical philosophies are raised by keeping religion as a yardstick. A blend of fiction with Hindu mythology is executed. Observations about day to day lives of a middle-class society are made. Wedding night experiences in a comical comparison with Bollywood movies are narrated. Here the intention of Manil Suri’s writing becomes clear i.e. he wants to present a story heavily marinated with Indian flavors where the life is mostly viewed in Technicolor with the background score of Hindi movies songs. It has its memorable moments but they are mostly eclipsed by the melodramatic and forgettable moments. Manil Suri definitely shows promise as a writer and has a lot of potential to further explore his talent which is probably already done in his other books and I’ll look forward to read the same but The Death of Vishnu didn’t quite work for me the way I expected from it because as soon as Vishnu died I was busy deciding about my next read. Reluctant recommendation with 3/Five stars.. This novel blends Hindu mythology with acute social detail Vishnu lies dying on the staircase in a Bombay apartment block He looks back on his affair with Padmini while around him is played out the drama of the apartment block dwellers.. Popular Kindle The Death Of Vishnu Well - I read this book a few years ago, front to back, without really reading the blurb about the author. Loved the book, and when I finally read the blog....to my surprise, I saw that it was DR.SURI!!! Dr. Suri was my Calculus 2 Professor in college, no joke. He teaches math at University of Maryland Baltimore County, where I went. His class was totally hard, and my friends and I had to fight to stay on top of things.But, I must say, his book was excellent. After I found out he was the author, I emailed him. He wrote back, thanking me for reading the book, and telling me that yes, he did vaguely remember me from class :)
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  1. Manil Suri is an Indian American mathematician and writer, most notable for his first novel, The Death of Vishnu.He attended the University of Bombay before moving to the United States, where he attended Carnegie Mellon University He received a PHD in mathematics in 1983, and became a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland Balti County He still continues to hold this job even though he is notable as a writer, and has risen through the academic ranks of the university Suri began writing short stories in the 1980s during his spare time, but few were published In 1995 he began writing The Death of Vishnu, a novel about social and religious tensions in India taking place in an apartment building in contemporary Mumbai The novel was published in 2001, and became an international bestseller According to an interview on the audio book version of the novel, Suri is planning to write two novels, The Birth of Brahma and The Life of Shiva His work contains many allusions to Indian cinema and Hindu mythology.Suri s mathematics research is in the numerical analysis of partial differential equations.

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  1. Vishnu Dies And nothing interesting happens Familiarity breeds contempt or in my case, it bred indifference The Death of Vishnu is a likable novel and a decent debut effort on part of Manil Suri but the story has nothing exceptional to offer to the readers especially if one has read at least one book ok Make that two which mentions Bombay in its blurb An apartment building with residents who share very little in common except one thing they all are aware about a man who is dying on the staircase [...]


  2. Well I read this book a few years ago, front to back, without really reading the blurb about the author Loved the book, and when I finally read the blog my surprise, I saw that it was DRRI Dr Suri was my Calculus 2 Professor in college, no joke He teaches math at University of Maryland Balti County, where I went His class was totally hard, and my friends and I had to fight to stay on top of things.But, I must say, his book was excellent After I found out he was the author, I emailed him He wrote [...]


  3. My rating 3 5Wanted to read this since 2008 because of a friend s strong recommendation She read it in our college library, which consisted mostly of religious texts and academics and discouraged other forms of fiction This book somehow landed in the library because of its misleading title Its not based on Indian Gods or mythology, only brushes upon them.An alcoholic named Vishnu lays dying on the staircase of a middle class Mumbai apartment, causing all the mumbo jumbo and hoopla s in the lives [...]


  4. an absurd indian soap operaI was enthralled by the writing which was witty and interesting and at times beautiful prose than the plot But the book was funny and sad and thought provoking at the same time I m glad I read it I think had Suri developed his characters fully and perhaps made fewer of them the center of attention for so long I would have been engaged Instead, we are supposed to care about the lives of 8 people in 250 pages Too much I wouldn t necessarily recommend it but I am inter [...]


  5. Description Manil Suri s comic prose and imaginative language transport readers to the petty squabbles and unrelenting conflicts of modern day India At the center of the narrative is the character of Vishnu, an aging alcoholic houseboy on the precipice of death, who lies, penniless, on the bottom step of a middle class Bombay apartment house While Vishnu appears to face his impending death placidly and philosophically, a maelstrom swirls around him The residents of the building include a reclusi [...]


  6. An impulse buy, but one which I am glad I have tried This is a fascinating tale of a group of neighbours in a Bombay sorry, Mumbai building It is a tale of bickering wives, demurring husbands, kitty parties, irani tea houses, paanwallas and cigarettewallas, and everything one needs to understand life at the bottom of the middle class in an Indian city The lives of the residents intertwine and range from comic 2 wives sharing one kitchen is bound to lead to bickering to tragic the undercurrent of [...]


  7. While it has been several years since I read this, what I remember was its rawness, the honesty and beauty in its descriptions of lives in poverty, and the dreams and peeves of her female characters their neighbors, potential or actual husbands, johns I loved its rawness and its honesty for contributing to a feeling of emotional understanding for a place I have never been The characters were symbols than people sometimes, but I didn t get bored with them because the language kept them beautiful [...]


  8. Wonderful prose, probably in search of a good storyline Revolves around a dying figure Vishnu on the bottom step of a Mumbai apartment It actually could be anywhere in India, unlike many other books where Mumbai appears as an integral character Neither it is about Vishnu , who is there in the story as a mast, a constant reminder of a dying soul, the eventuality The narration is non chronological, jumping from one to other intertwined lives of quibbling neighbours, romantic teenagers, lonely mour [...]


  9. I didn t love it I wanted to love it I d heard such good things about it this was an NPR find And with my recent trip to India it was so relevant They talked about places I d seen But alas, the story didn t hold me.The author tries to weave an intricate web of the lives of those who live in an apartment building where a man lays dying on the stairwell Each chapter contains vignettes into each of their lives, as well as into the subconscious of the dying Vishnu The story does provide an interesti [...]


  10. Vishnu lives on the landing between two flights of stairs in a Bombay apartment building Suri paints a broad portrait here, with many characters, each with a story to tell Class is a major focus, building levels being indications, and there is the sort of bickering that seems annoying and comic at the same time There was much in here about religion, how ones life takes odd turns, what is real, what is the proper path It was a rich book, My problem with it was most likely of my own making I was v [...]


  11. There is much to admire about this novel the writing is lyrical but clean, the characters lovable, human, flawed, maddening, the construction of the book flows like a spiral staircase leaving you slightly dizzy but thrilled What keeps me from loving this book are these very elements there are so many characters and plotlines that I was left wanting Vishnu s slow death that was entwined with Hindu mythology was lost on me I didn t have a sense of place, of Bombay I felt that the women in the stor [...]


  12. What an interesting book I was just amazed at how EVERYONE in the apartment building was so wrapped up in their own issues and lives that they failed to acknowledge the fact that a man lay dying on the landing downstairs On and on they fight and worry and carry on about who is using the most water in the shared kitchen and who is running off with who and their everyday lives Poor Vishnu lays dying and no ones cares Not one of them really wants to extend themselves past their own comfort zone to [...]


  13. I enjoyed this so much I m tempted to run out and get the second part of the planned trilogy, The Age of Shiva, right away, but it would have to go to the far end of the taxi runway.This novel, set in Bombay, centers on the life of the title character, a poor man eking out a living by running errands for the residents of an apartment building, where he lives on one of the landings He s not the only one Another landing is occupied by Radiowallah, a man whose life dream was to buy a transistor rad [...]


  14. This was a really nice, intimate book It s a day in the life format You bounce around from apartment to apartment and family to family over the course of about 48 hours It has all the usual tragedy and pettiness that seems to be a hallmark of everything Indian I have ever read And, as also seems typical, this is offset with some bright spot, some chance at enlightenment or redemption, or someone just being true to himself.I kept comparing this reading to the challenge of readng Midnight s Childr [...]


  15. I enjoyed the book, but then I enjoy almost anything I read however, I m making space for other books on my real bookshelves today, and this one is going particularly since I find that most of my friends were not impressed than I was with the book At this time I remember very little of the story, and don t have a burning desire to spend time re reading it just to find out Sorry, Suri.


  16. A blur of memories, times past, and dreams of Vishnu, an alcoholic who lives on the steps of a Mumbai apartment, and of all the residents of the building who are affected by his death.In the beginning, the characters seem like caricatures typical bourgeoisie with petty concerns and trivial quibbles It could just as easily be one of those lighthearted American or British novels from the early 20th century As the novel progresses, though, we get deeper insight into some of the characters past and [...]


  17. If pressed to say whether I liked this book, I would have to pause Many of the characters are, as one reviewer put it, perfectly awful But in this exploration of faith, love, and grace, that s exactly Suri s point The multi story apartment building on whose steps Vishnu lies dying seems to be a Hindu version of Dante s 9 rings of Hell or probably Purgatory At the street level are the paanwalla and other vendors who are totally given to temper and appetite The first floor dwellers aren t much sp [...]


  18. The death of Vishnu without Vishnu would have made a much better novel in my opinion.My beefs as related to Vishnu The magical realism was lacking the finesse of, say, Allende and went on and on interminably some of the sex scenes seemed gratuitous and bordering on violent without acknowledging it as such I wondered how exactly Vishnu managed to acquire the funds necessary to wine and dine his lady friend considering that he was an alcoholic landing dweller The goings on in the apartment buildin [...]


  19. Could not finish Found characters loathsome, cartoonish, or both Suspect accolades were a function of late 90s PC ethnic trendiness among the liberal arts Trader Joes set Was unsurprised to find that the author is actually a math professor, given that his characters exclaim and declare rather than simply say what they need to say which is usually predictable.FWIW I did however have a craving for samosas when reading this Maybe trader joes sells I no longer have easy access to the stores on Lexin [...]


  20. I was a pretty good book, however, I sometimes got the present confused with flash backs and imagination It took me a while to get into it, and I thought the ending was unsatifying You meet all these characters, then you do not find out what happens to them.


  21. I loved this book It is unique in the way it explores and reveals its characters, little by little advancing their lives and motivations At first they are all stiltedly referred to by their formal names, Mr Jalal, Mrs Asrani As we get to know them, to look at them through their own eyes and through the eyes of those closest to them, we see they become less stereotypical and personal.To me, the story is about love and marriage, what it means and how it develops and grows or fails to Each of the [...]


  22. Actually, I d classify this just as fiction than as literary fiction.What s good here is the Indian ness of the storyline and characters The story is a window into the intertwined lives of a three story apartment building in Mumbai, and the thread that somewhat ties them together is the death process of a man who has the paid for right to live on their stair landing and run errands for them This is based on a real life situation from the author s past What s interesting is that the author creat [...]


  23. A simple story about society and class in India, neatly written and very easy to follow It reads like a soap opera at times, but the underlying stories are very real and believable Its a very quick read.In Hindu mythology, Vishnu is the preserver , although this book is not about Hindu mythology at all The author, Manil Suri, has suggested that it is the first of a trilogy of books and that the forthcoming novels might be titled Life of Shiva the destroyer and Birth of Brahma the creator.


  24. It was a long draggy read and at some point I was simply reading for the sake of reading Would t go so far to say a waste of my time but it was not great What did death of Vishnu manage to reveal is simply the complexity of a neighborhood and its superbely mundane daily life of which I am sure I could absorb without spending time on a book such as this However, that all being said, I must say, if literature were indeed meant to reveal innermost complexity of humanrace, somehow this novel manages [...]


  25. A short story mercilessly stretched to a novel Starting with the satire social situations the book follows an intellectual sophisticated spiritual storyline which I wasn t able to relate to the protagonist It s not my cup of tea.


  26. The whole book revolves around the happenings in a building in South Bombay The book describes the daily life of the various tenants all of whom seem to be retired and content to stay at home in this building All this is weaved around the death of a person named Vishnu who has been sleeping in one of the landings in the three storey building.As Vishnu lies dying the tenants of the different apartments are in their own world, the wives who have to share a kitchen bickering among themselves, the p [...]


  27. In all honesty, I was really looking forward to reading this book Once i finished it, I felt a little unfulfilled Maybe my lack of understanding about Hindu mythology contributes to my lack of satisfaction Maybe the story s disjointed nature makes me feel less intelligent than i normally like feeling if i m gonna feel stupid about something, let it at least be something as complex as, coincidentally enough, Calculus 2, which to this day is the one math class at college that i did not finish and [...]


  28. A novel set in an apartment building in Bombay Vishnu, a homeless man who sleeps on the staircase in exchange for running errands for the tenants, is ill dying already dead no one is willing to take the time out of their own interpersonal dramas to check Various petty life crises occur during the two days the book covers someone s daughter dates an inappropriate boy, a man mourns his long dead wife, two families argue over the use of shared kitchen, a skeptical man tries to devote himself to rel [...]


  29. I loved this book The story circles around the man, Vishnu, who is essentially a squatter living on the porch of a small apartment house which houses 2 Hindu families and one Muslim family Each family has had interaction with Vishnu over the years either hiring him as a servant or offering him charity and now he lays dying on the porch What will these families do in response to this situation There is humor, there is Hindu mythology, there is Indian history that reflects on the legacy of one his [...]


  30. so i was not a fan of this book at all unfortunately one of the main characters reminded me very much of an ex boyfriend, which may have tainted my judgment i got very anxious to just get through it about halfway in i thought the author did a wonderful job at bringing to life the characters, i did enjoy how the building itself was a character in the novel i also enjoyed being able to glimpse into a place and culture that i am not very familiar with but i didn t enjoy the novel He had always assu [...]


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