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DISCLAIMER I WON THIS IN A GOODREADS GIVEAWAY I did not like this book I didn t really like it much at all It was difficult to get into, hard to follow along with, and the characters were ridiculous to the point of absurdity.A good idea, but poor follow through.Edit 7 22 2013 Unfocused That was the word I was looking for There was no focus to the book at all. I thought the novel had a lot of potential, but nothing really came of it The author did a good job in setting the scene and building up the tension that the main character Ray was feeling, but there was no pay off until the very endHowever, by this point I was long past caring It s a shame because it could have been a gripping story, but the overriding emotion for me was boredom I loved the description of the village and the people, the author really made Ashwer come alive with the descriptions of the heat, the vibrant colours and the stark living conditions It wasn t really enough though, I wanted , something, anything to happen Disappointing. [Free Kindle] ☧ The Village ♍ In Her Award Winning Debut Novel, Gifted, Nikita Lalwani Crafted A Brilliant Coming Of Age Story That Called To Mind The Work Of Such Novelists As Zadie Smith And Monica Ali The Washington Post Book World Now Lalwani Turns Her Gimlet Eye On An Extraordinary Village In India, And Explores The Thin Boundary Between Morality And Evil, Innocence And Guilt After A Long Trip From London, Twenty Seven Year Old BBC Filmmaker Ray Bhullar Arrives At The Remote Indian Village Of Ashwer, Which Will Be The Subject Of Her Newest Documentary From The Outside, The Town Projects A Cozy Air Of Domesticity Small Huts Bordering Earthen Paths, Men Lounging And Drinking Tea, Women Guiding Bright Cloth Through Noisy Sewing Machines Yet Ashwer Is Far From Traditional It Is An Experimental Open Prison, A Village Of Convicted Murderers And Their Families As Ray And Her Crew Settle In, They Seek To Win The Trust Of Ashwer S Residents And Administrators Nandini, A Women S Counselor And Herself An Inmate Jyoti, A Prisoner S Wife Who Is Raising Her Children On The Grounds Sujay, The Progressive Founder And Governor Of The Society Ray Aims To Portray Ashwer As A Model Of Tolerance, Yet The Longer She And Her Colleagues Stay, The Their Need For A Dramatic Story Line Intensifies And As Ray S Moral Judgment Competes With Her Professional Obligation, Her Assignment Takes An Uneasy And Disturbing Turn Incisive, Moving, And Superbly Written, The Village Deftly Examines The Limits Of Empathy, The Slipperiness Of Reason, And The Strength Of Our Principles In The Face Of Personal GainPraise For The Village Powerful One Of The Novel S Great Strengths Is How It Maintains An Ambience Of Mystery And Menace The New York Times Book Review Extraordinary Lalwani Writes With Wonderful Clarity And IntelligenceThe TimesUK The Village Can Creep Up And Grab You UnawaresToronto Star Lalwani S Prose Is Evocative And Excellent Publishers Weekly Thoughtful And Beautifully Written The Guardian UK Gripping Marie Claire UK Intelligent And Disturbing A Sharply Observed, Highly Personal Book Pittsburgh Post Gazette A Thoughtful Novel That Envelops Us In The Oppression And Beauty Of The Rural Prison Each Voice Is Distinct, Believable And Stubborn In Its Refusal To Be Easily Known Touchingly Evocative Financial Times Thoughtfully And Often Beautifully Written A Candid Exploration Of Journalistic Ethics The Observer There are books that entertain by virtue of their storyline or narrative There are books that seduce us with aesthetic images and the beauty of the prose There are books that challenge our preconceptions and give us a new perspective on the world And there are occasionally books that manage to do all three The Village by Nikita Lalwani is one of those books.As the title suggest this book is about a village But this is not an ordinary village In fact it is an open prison where all the inmates are murderers.The author, like the protagonist, travelled to India to make a BBC documentary about a real village very similar to the one depicted in this book and the details from her experience seem almost barely fictionalized In fact the reader is left wondering which parts are true and which parts are the fruits of the writer s imagination The author uses the story partially as a questioning of identity The main character, a young woman named Ray, is of Indian stock, though lives in England, and speaks some Hindi Though she shares some of the villagers physical attributes and cultural references she is almost as much an outsider as her two British colleagues We see two sides of Ray the one looking through the camera and the one seeing with her eyes She is Indian, but she is not Indian She is spectator and performer, playing out the role expected of her, trying to beIndian than she really is The villagers are villagers, but they are prisoners at the same time When we see the seemingly mundane nature of these people s daily lives and hear their stories from their lives before they committed their crimes we understand that they were already prisoners in the circumstances of their lives The inference this reader took away from this book is that in a way every village in India is a prison of sorts, with its bars made of strict moral codes, caste segregation and often unreasonable expectations The documentarist s camera is used as a device through which we see scenes, often of sublime beauty, even in the simplest of things The camera focuses on details, highlights them, and in so doing, removes them from their context, transforming them into something else Then there is the exploration of the documentary maker s deliberate manipulation of images for emotional effect how the shakiness of the handheld camera addsraw authenticity and immediacy to a scene The author shows us how things are twisted and then with her skilful prose proceeds to manipulate the alerted reader in exactly the same way There is a thrill and joy in understanding the mechanism and still submitting to its charms.In contrast, Ray s own responses to what she sees areemotionally charged than what is seen through the coldness of the camera lens She faces challenges living and working with colleagues she barely knows outside the meeting room Then there is the tension created by the knowledge that almost everyone she sees and meets has killed another human being.But by far the most important theme of The Village is its exploration of the role of the prison system and what it means to take somebody s freedom away and remove them from any normal context of human life It questions the usefulness of the idea of incarceration purely as a form punishment, retribution and revenge It explores the themes of rehabilitation and forgiveness, of responsibility, both of the criminal for the crime and of the penal system towards the criminals and to society as a whole At a time when members of both sides of the political divide in Malaysia are discussing the merits and usefulness of the death penalty this book offers an alternative vision of how to punish crime The criminals in this story remain largely integrated in society They have the responsibility to work and fend for themselves and often to provide a livelihood for their families who live with them as well In the traditional prison system no such prerogative exists Prisoners have no real responsibilities towards their own upkeep and don t have bills to pay They become removed from society, often so far removed that it is almost impossible for them ever to come back and function as normal and productive citizens again As Lalwani says in her book the traditional prison makes the transition back into society even harder In The Village the prison walls are just a line of stones that even a child could step over The prisoners have a great degree of personal autonomy They are allowed to go to the town to work, but must return by six thirty in the evening They fraternize with the prison guards, who are only distinguishable from the inmates by their uniforms There are no re offenders and no one attempts to escape perhaps because returning to their previous lives is not an option and they have no better alternative life or place to escape to All told, a fascinating and beautifully written novel that reveals another facet of the imponderable mystery known as India. Meh Esto es lo que pasa cuando eliges un libro por su portada bonita y colorida que es lo m s me ha gustado del libro la verdad I loved this book, but the ending did not satisfy Gorgeous writing and great read Recommended. , , ,,, , ,, , ,, , , . Hmmm I think I m still digesting this one Struggling with a main protagonist who I m sure I m meant to dislike, but can see no redeeming features in and who seems a little trite And yet there are so many things here to like The prisoners stories are told with poignancy and empathy and the characters are, on the whole, beautifully developed I just can t decide on how I feel at the end of it The eye catching cover of this novel was for me, ultimately the best part about it I really struggled to maintain any interest in the plot and I thoroughly disliked all of the characters Though the book poses some interesting questions and examines some very thought provoking themes throughout, I found its pace to be ploddingly slow and the story as a whole, incredibly dry, which is a shame as its premise sounded really appealing.Ray, an Asian British film maker arrives at a small Indian village with her BBC colleagues in tow, in order to make a documentary about life experienced there The village in question is no ordinary one however it is actually an open prison, its inmates all found guilty of murder, yet now able to live with their families in a very different sort of community As Ray and her colleagues begin to make the film and become ensconced in the life there, the boundaries slowly become blurred and she is forced to question what will make a good story, whilst examining her own morals.I really wanted to like this book it sounded genuinely fascinating and indeed some of the scene setting is very well done It paints a very detailed picture of life in the fictional village of Ashwer and of the varied struggles faced by the community I just found all of the characters to be so incredibly flat and unlikeable that I could not become invested in their lives The lead protagonist, Ray, is inherently irritating and idealistic and tries her best to fit in with everyone she meets, but is unable to, caught between cultures and though Indian, is perceived to be a whitey by the villagers I realise that the way she is written was deliberate on the part of the author, but Ray generally, made for such a dull story The other two BBC colleagues are spiteful and seem to have absolutely no conscience The Indian characters by contrast, appear to be just extras in a story Though we find out a lot about their lives and the crimes they have committed, they have no real sense of personality and become mere cardboard cut outs, which is a shame The small parts of the plots when they are focused on were by far the strongest aspects of this story for me.The foremost feeling that I took away from this book was sadly one of boredom I only finished reading it out of a sense of obligation to Netgalley and the publishers. Unlikeable characters in an unfocused book This is one of those books that I so wanted to like but simply couldn t A BBC crew filming a documentary in an experimental prison village in India promised drama and emotion in an interesting location Instead we have stereotyped and cardboard protagonists, a group of indistinguishable prisoners trotting out their clich d sad stories of injustice on demand and, despite every piece of landscape, clothing and food being described in minute and sometimes florid detail, absolutely no sense of place There are three in the film crew Serena is the uncaring, unfeeling professional who is only interested in making the film dramatic and doesn t care who gets hurt along the way The presenter Nathan, macho chauvinist and egoist, could not possibly be anystereotyped Shallow, unlikeable and unconvincing as these two are though, they pale into insignificance beside our chief protagonist, Ray Of Indian descent, she wants to fit into this culture she is visiting, but honestly I can t imagine Ray fitting in anywhere successfully Annoying, unprofessional, self obsessed and very, very tedious, Ray is liked by no one neither villagers, nor colleagues, nor indeed me At one point Serena says to herYou are one draining piece of work, you know that Dealing with you is like walking through cementI agree, but it made me wonder if the author sees that her main protagonist is this annoying, why does she believe the reader will be able to empathise with her in any way It s not as if she is changed by her experiences there s no growth or character development which, had it happened, may have given the book the much needed focus and point that it lacked I haven t bothered to mention the Indian characters because the author failed to give any of them a well rounded and distinctive personality They are ciphers there merely to provide a hazy and undefined background for Ray to play out her internal angst against The writing itself is technically proficient i.e grammatical but the endless repeated descriptions ultimately convey nothing Yes, they dress differently yes, they re not white yes, they eat different food but none of this gives any sense of what life is like for the villagers, what their thoughts and feelings might be The text is littered with Hindu words without explanations sometimes it s possible to get the meaning from the context but not always This doesn t give a sense of place just a sense of irritation I really dislike slating a book, especially from a relatively new author even if she was longlisted for the Booker for her first book , but although I ve tried hard, I can t find anything positive to say about this one except that plenty of other people seem to be finding it a muchenjoyable read than I, as you will see if you look at the reviews onBut unfortunately I can t recommend it.NB This book was provided for review by the publisher.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com