Ever since this book review syndrome has hit me, I have been hearing a lot about Anita Desai from fellow bloggers and reviewers. Everyone praises Anita Desai for her writing skills. When I read the blurb of Baumgartner’s Bombay, I decided to give it a shot. Holocaust is Germany and things and literature related to it interests me and Baugartner’s Bombay has a mention of all these things.
There is a line written on the cover of the book “A daring, colourful novel almost impossible to absorb in one reading”, which stands quite true for this book. I could not absorb many things when I read various paragraphs for the first time. Most of the time I kept re reading the lines and paragraphs to understand what exactly the author is trying to do here. The book was definitely too heavy for me to handle. Still somehow I managed to finish it.
Hugo Baumgartner has come from Germany and starts living in Bombay, in a small apartment behind Taj Hotel. He meets people from various cultures here and try to mix and gel up with them. The plot of the book is all about Hugo and signifies only one thing, you are responsible for whatever happens in your life. A lot of things happen, the part where Hugo receives postcards from his mother is my favourite part of the book.
If you are into heavy reading, Anita Desai is an author to lookout for. I am not really sure if I would be picking up any other book by her.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Random House India
Genre : Fiction
ISBN : 978-8-18400-014-6