The Far Field

The Far Field

Madhuri Vijay / Jul 16, 2019

The Far Field The Far Field is remarkable a novel at once politically timely and morally timeless Madhuri Vijay traces the fault lines of history love and obligation running through a fractured family and

  • Title: The Far Field
  • Author: Madhuri Vijay
  • ISBN: 0802128408
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Far Field is remarkable, a novel at once politically timely and morally timeless Madhuri Vijay traces the fault lines of history, love, and obligation running through a fractured family and country Few novels generate enough power to transform their characters, fewer still their readers The Far Field does both Anthony Marra, author of The Tzar of Love and Techno The Far Field is remarkable, a novel at once politically timely and morally timeless Madhuri Vijay traces the fault lines of history, love, and obligation running through a fractured family and country Few novels generate enough power to transform their characters, fewer still their readers The Far Field does both Anthony Marra, author of The Tzar of Love and Techno Gorgeously tactile and sweeping in historical and socio political scope, Pushcart Prize winner Madhuri Vijay s The Far Field follows a complicated flaneuse across the Indian subcontinent as she reckons with her past, her desires, and the tumultuous present.In the wake of her mother s death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him But upon her arrival, Shalini is brought face to face with Kashmir s politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Shalini finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love.With rare acumen and evocative prose, in The Far Field Madhuri Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the 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Sort Default Filter Nov 30, 2018 Book of the Month added it Why I love itby Brianna GoodmanWhen you work at BOTM, you read a lot of books So many that at times I m not even sure which ones I ve got in my bag So when I grabbed The Far Field as an in case I run out of things to read this weekend, it was a rare moment of serendipity I had no idea I was packing a book so wonderful that it would become my favorite read of 2018.The Far Field follows Shalini, a young, fairly well off Indian woman, who travels to the politically fraught region of Kashmir i Why I love itby Brianna GoodmanWhen you work at BOTM, you read a lot of books So many that at times I m not even sure which ones I ve got in my bag So when I grabbed The Far Field as an in case I run out of things to read this weekend, it was a rare moment of serendipity I had no idea I was packing a book so wonderful that it would become my favorite read of 2018.The Far Field follows Shalini, a young, fairly well off Indian woman, who travels to the politically fraught region of Kashmir in a bid for closure after the death of her mother a fearless, hot tempered woman to whom Shalini was loyal Instead, she finds herself swept into the lives of a family of generous people who offer her shelter and support, even as violence upends their lives But the closer Shalini becomes to the villagers she meets, the her presence threatens their safety.You know that feeling when a book is so good you forget you have a body that needs to eat, sleep, and move around Yeah, that s what The Far Field did for me I was transported by Shalini s story her heartbreaking relationship with her mother, her search for a life of meaning, the often infuriating choices she makes and by the stories of the Kashmiri people living under constant scrutiny by police The novel is both richly drawn and easily digestible think Min Jin Lee s Pachinko , and it gave me book hangover for days I m thrilled to recommend this moving debut to the BOTM community, and I cannot wait to see what Madhuri Vijay writes next.Read at flag 48 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Marchpane rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, netgalley The Far Field follows Shalini, a young woman who is adrift and grieving after her mother s death, as she journeys from her comfortable home in urban Bangalore to a Kashmiri mountain village She is searching for a man who had disappeared from her mother s life years before But while she seeks to unravel the events that led to her mother s death, Shalini s presence sparks danger for the local residents.Madhuri Vijay s prose is elegant and understated, and she does such an amazing job of evoking The Far Field follows Shalini, a young woman who is adrift and grieving after her mother s death, as she journeys from her comfortable home in urban Bangalore to a Kashmiri mountain village She is searching for a man who had disappeared from her mother s life years before But while she seeks to unravel the events that led to her mother s death, Shalini s presence sparks danger for the local residents.Madhuri Vijay s prose is elegant and understated, and she does such an amazing job of evoking the sights, sounds and smells of each locale in such vivid detail, that it s almost like being there The bustling streets and shops of Bangalore, the insularity and tensions of military occupied Kishtwar, a struggling remote village against a backdrop of spectacular mountains all are brought to life with startling clarity The setting and its inherent tensions catalyse the dramatic events, but you don t need than a passing familiarity with Kashmir s history to follow this story.Virtually every character is emotionally distant, either by inclination, upbringing or political necessity, and while this does at times make for a chilly read, it fits the book completely For the Kashmiri characters their outward reserve is part stoicism, part ingrained secretiveness required for survival in an area defined by decades long territorial disputes They are all grieving the death or disappearance of loved ones, much like Shalini, the fish out of water narrator Some much needed vitality is injected in the forms of two characters Shalini s mother, audacious, brittle and erratic, who calls her daughter little beast and sunny Amina, a Kashmiri villager whose hospitality towards Shalini has disastrous consequences At 450 pages this isn t a quick read, and the story takes its time to unspool I never found it boring though, and it struck me that as Shalini was adjusting to the slower pace of life in a mountain village, I was being asked to do the same The Far Field is an absorbing read and a very assured debut flag 49 likesLike see review Fergus Great review Jan 18, 2019 12 35PM Marchpane Thank you Fergus Jan 19, 2019 05 02AM Kate Baxter Such a lovely and impelling review Thank you Jan 30, 2019 10 06AM Jan 06, 2019 Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, 2019 releases, read in 2019, contemporary At the end of last year, I decided to actually use my NetGalley account and request eARCs I read some amazing ones, two of which were written by new favourite authors Meg Elison Samanta Schweblin.My first ARC for 2019 is Madhuri Vijay s remarkable debut novel, The Far Field and I couldn t be thrilled the writing completely swept me away, creating a vivid picture of the beauty of and the tragic and brutal conflicts in Kashmir and Kishtwar It deals with social and political issu At the end of last year, I decided to actually use my NetGalley account and request eARCs I read some amazing ones, two of which were written by new favourite authors Meg Elison Samanta Schweblin.My first ARC for 2019 is Madhuri Vijay s remarkable debut novel, The Far Field and I couldn t be thrilled the writing completely swept me away, creating a vivid picture of the beauty of and the tragic and brutal conflicts in Kashmir and Kishtwar It deals with social and political issues, privilege versus poverty, grieving the loss of one s parent, mental health, and finding one s purpose in a violence torn world The characters, albeit flawed and guilt driven, are well developed and, I d add, their actions are infused by their author with thought provoking philosophical depth I simply flew through the last 200 or so pages Couldn t put it down 4.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley Grove Atlantic for the opportunity to read a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review The Far Field RELEASED JAN 15, 2019 flag 27 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 19, 2018 Nadia rated it really liked it 4.5 starsA couple of weeks ago, I started seeing this book everywhere Instagram, Facebook, you name it When I learnt it was set in India, I knew I had to read it.The story follows a 24 year old Shalini, a privileged young woman from Bangalore, who, after her mother s death, decides to set off on a journey to find her mother s long lost friend from Kashmir The narrative switches between the presence and Shalini s childhood memories of her eccentric mother Finding a pleasure in mocking and 4.5 starsA couple of weeks ago, I started seeing this book everywhere Instagram, Facebook, you name it When I learnt it was set in India, I knew I had to read it.The story follows a 24 year old Shalini, a privileged young woman from Bangalore, who, after her mother s death, decides to set off on a journey to find her mother s long lost friend from Kashmir The narrative switches between the presence and Shalini s childhood memories of her eccentric mother Finding a pleasure in mocking and ridiculing people, Shalini s mother was not an easy person to be around While the scenes of Shalini s mother s outbursts seemed entertaining to me at first, my heart soon started to ache for the poor child It is not easy to describe this book as I feel that my summary above doesn t do it justice There are a few different layers to the story The Far Field is a story of a young woman s journey to self discovery, a complicated heart wrenching mother daughter relationship, and ultimately, forgiveness It also offers a sensitive insight into the conflict in Kashmir.I found the writing extremely powerful It transferred me back to India within the first few chapters Even if the build up can seem a bit slow, the prose is beautiful, compensating for the slower pace The only thing that frustrated me at times was Shalini s behaviour I thought she came across too na ve for her age, but thankfully, the story was compelling enough for me to forgive her Many thanks to Grove Atlantic for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. flag 29 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jan 08, 2019 Ron Charles rated it really liked it Shelves political fiction The Far Field is narrated by Shalini, who tells us at the opening, I am thirty years old and that is nothing an acknowledgment that she is neither young enough to be innocent nor old enough to be wise She delivers this searching story in a trance of sorrow, still stunned by the cruelty she witnessed and the disaster she precipitated.Like Anuradha Roy s recent novel, All the Lives We Never Lived, The Far Field is about the search for a missing mother in India, though it takes a wholly The Far Field is narrated by Shalini, who tells us at the opening, I am thirty years old and that is nothing an acknowledgment that she is neither young enough to be innocent nor old enough to be wise She delivers this searching story in a trance of sorrow, still stunned by the cruelty she witnessed and the disaster she precipitated.Like Anuradha Roy s recent novel, All the Lives We Never Lived, The Far Field is about the search for a missing mother in India, though it takes a wholly different approach Vijay s narrator is the child in a wealthy but miserable family Her mother is a mercurial, sarcastic woman whose tenderness was as devastating as her viciousness Throughout her life, the only time Shalini saw her mother truly happy was during a few visits from a traveling salesman named Bashir Strangely unintimidated, Bashir charmed both mother and daughter with fantastical stories of his home in Kashmir Shalini gradually developed the impression intense but unarticulated, as a child s impressions often are that her mother and Bashir had fallen in love during those pleasant afternoons in their living room.We learn of these encounters intermittently and only after To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https washingtonpost entert flag 26 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Elizabeth rated it liked it Tl dr The Far Field has passages of gorgeous writing but pulls the novel equivalent of a hamstring trying to prove its point about privilege and what it does nothing good and how it blinds you.The Far Field is the recollections of Shalini, a thirty year old privileged woman living in Bangalore who shares what happened to her when, as a twentysomething grieving the death of her mother, she decided to track down a traveling salesman from Kashmir who visited their home and who her mother was fa Tl dr The Far Field has passages of gorgeous writing but pulls the novel equivalent of a hamstring trying to prove its point about privilege and what it does nothing good and how it blinds you.The Far Field is the recollections of Shalini, a thirty year old privileged woman living in Bangalore who shares what happened to her when, as a twentysomething grieving the death of her mother, she decided to track down a traveling salesman from Kashmir who visited their home and who her mother was fascinated with when she was a child teenager.As you can imagine, the trip has Shalini realize how different and difficult the lives of others are, while she seeks to find meaning and purpose not just in the actions of her volatile mother, but in her own life This leads to a series of revelations and actions that don t change her life but do manage to ruin the lives of others.The writing is gorgeous, although Ms Vijay tries way too hard to create a poetic and meaningful ending and winds up overgilding the lily The Far Field is at its best when describing the beauty of and loss in Kashmir, and how all the conflict that s happened has largely been glossed over by the world The sections that focus on Shalini s time there are the best in the book.Shalini s mother is, of course, a large presence in the book, and The Far Field does a good job of showing how difficult it was for her, constrained by society and broken by her largely untreated mental problems, as well as how Shalini coped or tried to with her mother s swings from joy to despair and beyond, while assuming that somehow, the journey she takes will help her understand In the end, she breaks herself and, importantly, others as well The Far Field is about privilege and the consequences of it, but spends so much time belaboring this that what could have been a spare, haunting novel is a winding road that loops back over and over again.Sometimes less is flag 25 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 13, 2019 Lisa rated it really liked it The main character in The Far Field is a prickly, emotionally disconnected young woman who travels to Kashmir to seek a connection with her dead mother Even though I was frustrated with Shalani, there is much to appreciate in this novel Her relationship with her mother and separately, her father were vividly drawn Both settings, a wealthy home in Bangalore and the mountains of Kashmir were new to me and eye opening Focusing on just one small area Vijay illuminates a complicated political lan The main character in The Far Field is a prickly, emotionally disconnected young woman who travels to Kashmir to seek a connection with her dead mother Even though I was frustrated with Shalani, there is much to appreciate in this novel Her relationship with her mother and separately, her father were vividly drawn Both settings, a wealthy home in Bangalore and the mountains of Kashmir were new to me and eye opening Focusing on just one small area Vijay illuminates a complicated political landscape that I was ignorant of in a way that resonated with me I was impatient at times with the pace it moves slowly, sometimes stalling Shalani s journey takes some perseverance but it is worth it flag 25 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Rincey rated it really liked it A 3, 3.5 star book elevated by a 5 star audiobook narrator flag 22 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Hayley Stenger rated it liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I started out really enjoying this book, but as I got further and further in, I found the characters frustrating What struck me most was the theme of cowardice, every character had it and it stopped them from getting what they wanted When I finally finished the novel, I just felt sad flag 16 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 20, 2018 Amna Ikhlaq rated it really liked it Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital advanced reader s copy for review.The Far Field is a fictitious story of a girl who goes searching for answers to the questions she has about the enigmatic life of her mother but ends up becoming deeply embroiled in the political turmoil of Kashmir.Madhuri Vijay s prose is hauntingly beautiful It took me quite a few pages to realize that the book was not actually a work of fiction because the characters seem so real straight off the bat Th Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital advanced reader s copy for review.The Far Field is a fictitious story of a girl who goes searching for answers to the questions she has about the enigmatic life of her mother but ends up becoming deeply embroiled in the political turmoil of Kashmir.Madhuri Vijay s prose is hauntingly beautiful It took me quite a few pages to realize that the book was not actually a work of fiction because the characters seem so real straight off the bat Throughout the book, Vijay s attention to detail has a way of transporting you to their world it s almost as if you exist in the same space as these characters Each one has a complex, intricate personality to offer and despite being highly character driven, the book manages to balance out the emotions with action.As someone always familiar with the conflict in Kashmir, this story was all the moving A lot of the opinions expressed by the characters resonated with me and quite a few situations in the book distressed me to no end as if I had to experience them myself That made reading this story an even powerful experience.Highly recommended My favourite part was when a character who is fluent in multiple languages Urdu, Kashmiri English is asked why he learnt this many, he states that different languages are good for different purposes and goes on to say that poetry is always beautiful in Urdu and Kashmiri was made for stories I ve been saying this for years about Urdu and it made me fall even in love with this story Rating 4 5 stars flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Daniela rated it really liked it Shelves read in 2019, read in english, arc 4.5 starsWhat an unexpected surprise this book was This is the first time I read a book that takes place in India, so I wasn t sure what to expect when I decided to request an ARC Two years after the death of her mother, Shalini our main character is still overwhelmed with grief Looking back at the memories of her mother, she notices that the most happy ones about her, include the visits of Bashir Ahmed, a man from Kashmir, who comes every few months to Bangalore to sell clothes Those were th 4.5 starsWhat an unexpected surprise this book was This is the first time I read a book that takes place in India, so I wasn t sure what to expect when I decided to request an ARC Two years after the death of her mother, Shalini our main character is still overwhelmed with grief Looking back at the memories of her mother, she notices that the most happy ones about her, include the visits of Bashir Ahmed, a man from Kashmir, who comes every few months to Bangalore to sell clothes Those were the only times when her mother went from cruel and sarcastic to joyous and relaxed So she sets off on the adventure of finding Bashir Ahmed, ultimately trying to make peace with the unexpected death of her mother while at the same time trying to keep the happy memories of her alive.I loved the alternating chapters between the past and the present, between her family s pretentious lifestyle in urban Bangalore and the modest lives of the Kashmiri villagers The hidden reason of Shalini s journey to Kashmir unfolds gradually throughout the book, presented in flashbacks that portrait Shalini as a child and later on as she leaves for college, carefully laced with the ever changing relationship between her and her mother I have to admit, that some characters stole my attention than the main one did At some point I found myself focused and invested in the lives and development of other characters, like Amina and her family, or the controversial woman that was Shalini s mother I really liked Amina and her presence in the story, she was the opposite of Shalini, brave and sure of herself, dare I say, while the mother definitely gave some flavour to the story, whenever with her little beast remarks present The writing style was a big plus to the entire story, it s not pretentious nor is it plain, it s rich in a straight to the point kind of style The writer does a great job evoking all the beauty of Kashmir through her writing What I appreciate the most is that even though the book is substantial in political issues, the information isn t overwhelming, it s like a puzzle piece that fits perfectly into the story.I wouldn t say that the plot was slow, but like switching from the urban Bangalore lifestyle to the rural life in Kashmir It did get suspenseful at some point near the end of the book Another detail that caught my eye was the subtle presence of the language barrier and overcoming it, as the languages spoken by the characters alternated between Urdu, Hindi, Kashmiri and English Overall, I enjoyed reading about Shalini s family dynamics, especially her relationship with her mother, and her journey to Kashmir, where she was welcomed with warmth and kindness.If writing a book was a recipe, I d say Madhuri Vijay knows the perfect amount of ingredients to use flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Trina rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019 books read, 2019 trinas netgalley, botm, rcs, favorites, arcs, 2019 tbr shelf The Far Field is both strident and dynamic This book is remarkable both in its content and its beautiful cover art Shalini, loses her mother and then evaluates both her life and that of her late mother During this evaluation, Shalini becomes curious as to what happened to one of her mother s dear friends whom she hadn t seen since childhood Shalini s curiosity takes her from her home in Bangalore and leads her to a remote village in Kashmir where she finds a connection not only to the villag The Far Field is both strident and dynamic This book is remarkable both in its content and its beautiful cover art Shalini, loses her mother and then evaluates both her life and that of her late mother During this evaluation, Shalini becomes curious as to what happened to one of her mother s dear friends whom she hadn t seen since childhood Shalini s curiosity takes her from her home in Bangalore and leads her to a remote village in Kashmir where she finds a connection not only to the villagers of Kashmir but also to the region itself However, in these turbulent times, is Kashmir physically and emotionally safe for Shalini Is Kashmir safe for the generous villagers she s now grown a connection to Author Madhuri Vijay s debut book of literary fiction, The Far Field, has teeth and is an instant favorite for me It invoked so many emotions that surprised me in a fantastic way.I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Ygraine rated it really liked it i m struggling to find a place to start this review in many ways, The Far Field is an evasive book, moving between failures in communication, missed opportunities to speak or act, moments in which characters slip beyond each other s reach, offering, in answer to the question, what should be done only what has been done, and who has been hurt by it in others, it is a brightly, sharply lucid book, carefully attuned to the nuances of caring and its boundaries, to grief and closure, to compli i m struggling to find a place to start this review in many ways, The Far Field is an evasive book, moving between failures in communication, missed opportunities to speak or act, moments in which characters slip beyond each other s reach, offering, in answer to the question, what should be done only what has been done, and who has been hurt by it in others, it is a brightly, sharply lucid book, carefully attuned to the nuances of caring and its boundaries, to grief and closure, to complicity and the damage done by those who are privileged enough to see reality only in the pieces they choose in every way, it s a book that surprised me with its poise, subtlety and grace the far field follows shalini, restless and half absent from her own life, in the wake of her mother s death she finds herself pulled by the memory of a man who used to visit the house and shared a strange intimacy with her mother, a man that excited and frightened shalini and whose stories she has never forgotten her search for him brings her to kashmir and jumma, and the political unrest that has fractured both the province and the family she has come to finde parallel narrative lines, shalini s account of the years from childhood to college inexorably drawing her closer to her mother s death, and her account of the time spent in kashmir hovering at the edge of brutal political violence, are carefully balanced while heavy with tension and fear, neither forgets entirely the possibility of intimacy, the power of vulnerability, the capacity of people to see each other and be seen in the nakedness of their imperfection and i think maybe this is where all my thoughts have been trying to bring me the power of the far field, similar maybe to the power of atonement and the god of small things, lies in its ability to hold the sickening inevitability of a mistake, a choice made in ignorance or fear or blindness, against a fundamentally tender, compassionate understanding of people.i received an advanced reader s copy of this book courtesy of netgalley and grove atlantic in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Susan rated it liked it 3.5 Shalini, a young woman who comes from a well off family in Bangalore, travels to a remote village In Kashmir to search for a merchant who used to visit their home and who had formed a relationship with her mother After the death of her mother, Shalini seems to want to reconnect with her childhood and make sense of the complicated relationship that bound her to her mother The book is about privilege and the intricacies of relationships set against the political milieu of the Kashmiri region 3.5 Shalini, a young woman who comes from a well off family in Bangalore, travels to a remote village In Kashmir to search for a merchant who used to visit their home and who had formed a relationship with her mother After the death of her mother, Shalini seems to want to reconnect with her childhood and make sense of the complicated relationship that bound her to her mother The book is about privilege and the intricacies of relationships set against the political milieu of the Kashmiri region The writing at times is beautiful especially when describing Kashmir but the plot drags in areas and the characters are sometimes hard to connect with flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Karin rated it it was amazing This story swept me away, it felt like I was watching a movie and seeing it play out in front of me The characters and the setting felt very real Really this is a 4 star read that i m rounding up because I was so enthralled The ending makes our main character out to be incredibly naive, but given her upbringing and how sheltered she is, I think I buy it Regardless, I still found this enchanting, I hope Vijay writes flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 April Perdomo rated it liked it This book inspired just about every emotion in me First, it took me a little while to get into it Then, by the middle I was absolutely enthralled and loved every page Yet, by the end, I was angry and then I little underwhelmed as I did not feel like it delivered on its initial setup The book is narrated by a young woman named Shalini Throughout the novel Shalini is dealing with the grief of losing her mother While working through her grief, she decides to seek out an old friend of her moth This book inspired just about every emotion in me First, it took me a little while to get into it Then, by the middle I was absolutely enthralled and loved every page Yet, by the end, I was angry and then I little underwhelmed as I did not feel like it delivered on its initial setup The book is narrated by a young woman named Shalini Throughout the novel Shalini is dealing with the grief of losing her mother While working through her grief, she decides to seek out an old friend of her mother s This friend was Bashir Ahmed from Kashmir Shalini travels to the Kashmir region and her presence brings tension to a region already filled with plenty of political tension Essentially the above is what this novel is about Yet it is about a heck of a lot than that as well Honestly, from a narrative standpoint, I felt it was not quite sure where it should land It was trying to tackle so many concepts but did not fully flesh out all of them Without trying to give anything away, I think the best example of this, is in the characters themselves Aside for Shalini who is a pretty unlikable character, but that is not really that point , all supporting characters feel flat Now I actually adored some of the supporting characters, but even then they felt like pieces instead of fully formed humans.But, despite that, there are glimpses of true beauty in this story and its storytelling As I said, at one point I could not put it down I was swept up in Kashmir, the prose, and the emotions of what was happening in the tale At one point, I actually had a few tears in my eyes I believe this Vijay s first work and I really think that her books have the potential to be among my favorites to read I just felt this one did too much and yet too little I will continue to think about this book for several days It is one that takes some time to unpack I love it for that It is one I highly recommend despite my complaints flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Beverly rated it liked it Shelves 2019, asia, cross cultural, india, kashmir, newtome2019 thoughts coming shortly flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Juanita rated it really liked it This book was a low burn for me, until the last 200 pages or so It s really sad and complicated I feel like I learned a lot about the area near the Indian Pakistani border, and the conflicts between the Hindu and the Muslims who live there I was constantly googling things as I read It ended up being a really haunting read flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 16, 2019 Erin rated it liked it I have mixed feelings about this one Despite its heft, it read pretty quickly, but I wish the author or her editor would have worked on the pacing of the story It felt like the beginning and end happened really really quickly, and the middle just draaaagged on It could have been about 50 75 pages shorter, and would have made the narrative stronger I also don t know how I feel about the story as a whole the main character did not seem to have any breakthrough or major emotional development d I have mixed feelings about this one Despite its heft, it read pretty quickly, but I wish the author or her editor would have worked on the pacing of the story It felt like the beginning and end happened really really quickly, and the middle just draaaagged on It could have been about 50 75 pages shorter, and would have made the narrative stronger I also don t know how I feel about the story as a whole the main character did not seem to have any breakthrough or major emotional development despite everything she saw and went through, and felt as stunted and selfish at the end as she did at the beginning I did like the difficult mother daughter relationship, but none of the other relationships felt realistic would she really be so attached to Bashir Ahmed, Riyaz, Amina, or Zoya Why The narrator takes this long journey that should have been so transformative and altering, and yet there was no growth or development flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Melissa Dee rated it it was amazing Madhuri Vijay s novel tells the story of Shalini, the daughter of a middle class family in Bangalore As Shalini grows from a child to an adult, she separates from her parents from her childish wish to be them, to a critical sometimes harsh independent teen then young adult On a somewhat less than well considered impulse, Shalini goes to Kashmir to find a man who played a part in her childhood relationship with her mother What she finds there, and how it changes both her view of herself, an Madhuri Vijay s novel tells the story of Shalini, the daughter of a middle class family in Bangalore As Shalini grows from a child to an adult, she separates from her parents from her childish wish to be them, to a critical sometimes harsh independent teen then young adult On a somewhat less than well considered impulse, Shalini goes to Kashmir to find a man who played a part in her childhood relationship with her mother What she finds there, and how it changes both her view of herself, and her view of her relationship with the world, are the heart of this well told story flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Lauren Lee rated it really liked it Shelves india, literary fiction, family, 2019 buzz releases Oh that ending flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Simrun Soni rated it it was amazing Though it takes some time to build up, trust that it does and it engages you and brings you in where you forget it s a novel and not a memoir The author hit it out of the park She humanizes the Kashmiri conflict that s been plaguing India and Pakistan for years in one woman s experience and journey It was nothing I was expecting and like nothing I have read before Thank you Book of the Month club flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 SPANTA628 rated it really liked it There s so much about this book I could talk about social issues, familial issues, depression, privilege v poverty, etc etc and perhaps I eventually will, but for now I m a summarization station This is a relatively long book, yet it didn t feel like it I truly appreciate, regardless of the fact I ve nothing to reference in terms of personal experience, the exploration into India this novel provides it definitely made me aware of my citizenship in terms of global rather than nationa There s so much about this book I could talk about social issues, familial issues, depression, privilege v poverty, etc etc and perhaps I eventually will, but for now I m a summarization station This is a relatively long book, yet it didn t feel like it I truly appreciate, regardless of the fact I ve nothing to reference in terms of personal experience, the exploration into India this novel provides it definitely made me aware of my citizenship in terms of global rather than national Although there were many times throughout the novel I desperately wanted certain characters to DO MORE, I feel like most people don t, and therefore, found this to be extremely believable and realistic It s pretty easy to judge a character or person you know or know of, believing you d have handled it differently, but I personally can think of times I didn t DO MORE and have to live with , and make peace with, those regrets I can only learn from them and I feel the main character is doing the same flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Cydney Daniel rated it liked it Shelves fiction Just closed this book, and I m giving it a solid 3 stars right now Writing was lovely, but this ending was devastating to me I ll probably write a longer review tomorrow after I process a little , but seriously heart wrenched out and thrown on the ground Not even in a way that feels redeemable.Added 1 5 19 I loved the writing and the themes of this book I appreciated the focus on how privilege can hurt you and those around you, and how strong Shalini s mother s presence was throughout Just closed this book, and I m giving it a solid 3 stars right now Writing was lovely, but this ending was devastating to me I ll probably write a longer review tomorrow after I process a little , but seriously heart wrenched out and thrown on the ground Not even in a way that feels redeemable.Added 1 5 19 I loved the writing and the themes of this book I appreciated the focus on how privilege can hurt you and those around you, and how strong Shalini s mother s presence was throughout the book Most of the time I was reading this, I read it as something like an exploration of Shalini s grief over her mother s death and I think that s mostly what it was about Processing grief However, Shalini is not a character I could relate to or sympathize with She repeatedly made self destructive decisions and decisions that really hurt others, especially in the end She is very naive and self focused I didn t like her, but I liked nearly every other person she got to know in this book at least the characters she meets on her journey , but I didn t realize that until I closed the book And unfortunately, the ending for some of those characters was devastating and caused by the very self centered decisions of our narrator And even she did not end up with a happy ending, necessarily The best parts of this book include the interesting and for me different setting and culture I ve read very little about India, despite visiting there and having friends who live there I also really loved the writing style of the author and would definitely read other books she releases It honestly was an impressive novel, regardless of my feelings for the character and the ending, which is why i felt like it deserved the 3 stars at least I just finished the book feeling very unsatisfied and frustrated read a full review on my blog flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Kacie rated it really liked it This was my first book selection as a Book of the Month member, and it did not disappoint While I don t typically reach for character driven 400 page novels, the BOTM description sounded appealing.Set in Bangalore and then Kashmir, we follow Shalini as she seeks a man from her mother s past Early in the book, we learn that her mother an erratic, troubled, difficult woman has died Shalini wants to find Bashir Ahmed, a Kashmiri clothing merchant who had visited her mother and developed a fri This was my first book selection as a Book of the Month member, and it did not disappoint While I don t typically reach for character driven 400 page novels, the BOTM description sounded appealing.Set in Bangalore and then Kashmir, we follow Shalini as she seeks a man from her mother s past Early in the book, we learn that her mother an erratic, troubled, difficult woman has died Shalini wants to find Bashir Ahmed, a Kashmiri clothing merchant who had visited her mother and developed a friendship with her, during Shalini s childhood She receives considerable help a level unbelievable to me as a midwesterner American from strangers during her journey, and we learn of the political trouble in Kashmir.The novel, told by Shalini in past tense, switches between timelines her childhood and present time It s the perfect way to tell this story It was fascinating to read about Shalini and her parents, and also her time in Kashmir Despite the slow build, I kept with the book wanting to find out what would happen next.I found Bashir Ahmed s story to be very sad, but his son s was particularly heartbreaking I suspect Shalini feels view spoiler tremendous guilt over his disappearance, and you could see some parallels with Bashir, his son, and interactions with Shalini and her mother The Ahmeds would have been much better off to never encounter Shalini or her mother hide spoiler Shalini s sexuality is a recurring topic in the book There is a childhood instance of an inappropriate sexual encounter with a teenager, and perhaps that is a factor contributing to her unhealthy, potentially manipulative instances of sex in the novel I d suggest adding The Far Field to your TBR stack if you re seeking a well written debut in an international setting, which will explore a troubled parent child relationship and a woman trying to make sense of her life The ending view spoiler isn t wrapped up in a tidy bow there are some unresolved aspects and unknowns, hide spoiler and I m mentioning that with a spoiler tag because I know some readers will want to know ahead of time to avoid frustration.I personally felt satisfied with the conclusion, though very sad and wanting to read the first two chapters again flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Deborah Stevens rated it really liked it Madhuri Vijay has done a masterful job with plot, characters and setting I m generally pleased if two of the three are done well, but when all three are, I can t put the book down I read this one in one greedy gulp, and kept thinking of it when I could not be reading.I appreciated the themes of this story chiefly, coming of age, grappling to understand a complicated parent, and the struggle for crosscultural understanding Shalini is a very flawed protagonist and her understandable mistakes Madhuri Vijay has done a masterful job with plot, characters and setting I m generally pleased if two of the three are done well, but when all three are, I can t put the book down I read this one in one greedy gulp, and kept thinking of it when I could not be reading.I appreciated the themes of this story chiefly, coming of age, grappling to understand a complicated parent, and the struggle for crosscultural understanding Shalini is a very flawed protagonist and her understandable mistakes drive the plot Vijay does not take the time to explain the much about the complexities of the politics and history of the region, leaving the reader to piece things together along with Shalini I like that choice in me it induced some of the humility that Shalini gains during her trip Reading on a Kindle was great for being able to quickly look up vocabulary from Kashmiri, Hindi, etc With thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for the ARC in exchange for my honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Annie rated it it was amazing The last place a grieving young woman should go is to a low level war zone And yet, that s what Shalini does in Madhuri Vijay s devastating The Far Field, several months after her mother s death Shalini recalls enough details about her mother s friend, Bashir Ahmed, to locate his village in Jammu and Kashmir She abandons her home in Bangalore Bengaluru , stuffs a bunch of money and clothes into a rucksack, and takes a train north with no goal other than a vague plan to find Bashir and tell h The last place a grieving young woman should go is to a low level war zone And yet, that s what Shalini does in Madhuri Vijay s devastating The Far Field, several months after her mother s death Shalini recalls enough details about her mother s friend, Bashir Ahmed, to locate his village in Jammu and Kashmir She abandons her home in Bangalore Bengaluru , stuffs a bunch of money and clothes into a rucksack, and takes a train north with no goal other than a vague plan to find Bashir and tell him about her mother s death This wish leads Shalini to blunder her way to the worst thing she ll ever do, an unforgivable act that she will atone for the rest of her life Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss, for review consideration. flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Dec 21, 2018 Jodi rated it liked it This reviewer finds it difficult to like any book in which there are no principle characters worthy of interest there was no sympathy for any of the main protagonists Shalini, her mom, her dad, Bashir Ahmed, nor Riyaz Zoya and Abdul Latief and Amina, as minor characters, deserve the readers empathy but it is not enough for this reviewer to warm to the story.Shalini, goes through life not accepting responsibility for her actions, the reader is even led to accept that the blame for her going t This reviewer finds it difficult to like any book in which there are no principle characters worthy of interest there was no sympathy for any of the main protagonists Shalini, her mom, her dad, Bashir Ahmed, nor Riyaz Zoya and Abdul Latief and Amina, as minor characters, deserve the readers empathy but it is not enough for this reviewer to warm to the story.Shalini, goes through life not accepting responsibility for her actions, the reader is even led to accept that the blame for her going to the mountains is the fault of a minor character, Saleem, who encouraged her to go believes she is entitled to acceptance and guidance responds rudely to most people demands others accept her ideas and actions are the right ones and thumbs her nose at wiser heads Does she mature at the end of the book, this reviewer does not think so Vijay s test will be a wonderful topic for book clubs as the discussions of the material and the story s structure will generate varied opinions flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 26, 2019 Rebecca rated it did not like it Book is about the mid twenties Shalini who goes on a journey to find someone after her mom dies.This book was slow and long Scenery descriptions were clich and bland which is disappointing in a book about such a vibrant place Plot points seemed highly manufactured maybe the title should be The Far Fetched and the potential to be interesting was mostly never realized All in all really not into it I disliked the protagonist with a kind of detached distaste due to the fact that she was so Book is about the mid twenties Shalini who goes on a journey to find someone after her mom dies.This book was slow and long Scenery descriptions were clich and bland which is disappointing in a book about such a vibrant place Plot points seemed highly manufactured maybe the title should be The Far Fetched and the potential to be interesting was mostly never realized All in all really not into it I disliked the protagonist with a kind of detached distaste due to the fact that she was so one dimensional Flashback scenes as told by the protagonist cited other characters calling her intelligent or frightening I kept waiting for her to display those traits but she never did.The protagonist had at least 3 instances in the story where she could ve learned something Instead, in each of the repetitively similar scenarios she made equally fantastically inept decisions Perhaps she s simply not intelligent enough to learn The book is about taking responsibility for far reaching consequencesbut the narrator never learned anything flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Bg rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 reading Impressive debut from Madhuri Vijay Far field is the story of a young Shalini, who battles grief after her mother s death She takes a solo trip to Kashmir to find an old friend of her mother and the book beautifully portrays her journey to Kashmir, her life in Kishtwar and the mountains The story moves very slowly and gently reveals her multi layered character , her inner strength and determination What I loved about the book is how the secondary characters were described beautifully and th Impressive debut from Madhuri Vijay Far field is the story of a young Shalini, who battles grief after her mother s death She takes a solo trip to Kashmir to find an old friend of her mother and the book beautifully portrays her journey to Kashmir, her life in Kishtwar and the mountains The story moves very slowly and gently reveals her multi layered character , her inner strength and determination What I loved about the book is how the secondary characters were described beautifully and their presence in the story was lovely The author doesn t get into the details of Kashmir politics but there is enough to understand how much pain Kashmiris go through and all those little incidents tug your heart flag 1 likeLike see review 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        Madhuri Vijay was born in Bangalore She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and her writing has appeared in Best American Non Required Reading, Narrative Magazine and Salon, among other publications The Far Field is her first book.


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    1. Why I love itby Brianna GoodmanWhen you work at BOTM, you read a lot of books So many that at times I m not even sure which ones I ve got in my bag So when I grabbed The Far Field as an in case I run out of things to read this weekend, it was a rare moment of serendipity I had no idea I was packing a book so wonderful that it would become my favorite read of 2018.The Far Field follows Shalini, a young, fairly well off Indian woman, who travels to the politically fraught region of Kashmir i Why I [...]


    2. The Far Field follows Shalini, a young woman who is adrift and grieving after her mother s death, as she journeys from her comfortable home in urban Bangalore to a Kashmiri mountain village She is searching for a man who had disappeared from her mother s life years before But while she seeks to unravel the events that led to her mother s death, Shalini s presence sparks danger for the local residents.Madhuri Vijay s prose is elegant and understated, and she does such an amazing job of evo [...]


    3. At the end of last year, I decided to actually use my NetGalley account and request eARCs I read some amazing ones, two of which were written by new favourite authors Meg Elison Samanta Schweblin.My first ARC for 2019 is Madhuri Vijay s remarkable debut novel, The Far Field and I couldn t be thrilled the writing completely swept me away, creating a vivid picture of the beauty of and the tragic and brutal conflicts in Kashmir and Kishtwar It deals with social and political issu At the e [...]


    4. 4.5 starsA couple of weeks ago, I started seeing this book everywhere Instagram, Facebook, you name it When I learnt it was set in India, I knew I had to read it.The story follows a 24 year old Shalini, a privileged young woman from Bangalore, who, after her mother s death, decides to set off on a journey to find her mother s long lost friend from Kashmir The narrative switches between the presence and Shalini s childhood memories of her eccentric mother Finding a pleasure in mocking and 4.5 sta [...]


    5. The Far Field is narrated by Shalini, who tells us at the opening, I am thirty years old and that is nothing an acknowledgment that she is neither young enough to be innocent nor old enough to be wise She delivers this searching story in a trance of sorrow, still stunned by the cruelty she witnessed and the disaster she precipitated.Like Anuradha Roy s recent novel, All the Lives We Never Lived, The Far Field is about the search for a missing mother in India, though it takes a wholly The Far Fie [...]


    6. Tl dr The Far Field has passages of gorgeous writing but pulls the novel equivalent of a hamstring trying to prove its point about privilege and what it does nothing good and how it blinds you.The Far Field is the recollections of Shalini, a thirty year old privileged woman living in Bangalore who shares what happened to her when, as a twentysomething grieving the death of her mother, she decided to track down a traveling salesman from Kashmir who visited their home and who her mother was fa Tl [...]


    7. The main character in The Far Field is a prickly, emotionally disconnected young woman who travels to Kashmir to seek a connection with her dead mother Even though I was frustrated with Shalani, there is much to appreciate in this novel Her relationship with her mother and separately, her father were vividly drawn Both settings, a wealthy home in Bangalore and the mountains of Kashmir were new to me and eye opening Focusing on just one small area Vijay illuminates a complicated political [...]


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