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Author: Anita Desai
ISBN: 0618056807
Pages: 240 pages
Publisher: Mariner; 1st Mariner Books ed edition (May 19, 2000)
Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Size ePUB: 1328 kb
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Rating: 4.9
Votes: 109
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Subcategory: Literature

e-Book Baumgartner's Bombay epub download

by Anita Desai

Baumgartner's Bombay book.

Baumgartner's Bombay book.

ANITA DESAI is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner’s Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond . This is a heart wrenching, wonderful book.

ANITA DESAI is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner’s Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond Dust, among other works. Three of her books have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Desai was born and educated in India and now lives in the New York City area. It will be impossible to forget the character Baumgartner and what Bombay was like for him. Anita Desai's descriptions are wonderful, they are visual. The story takes on an even greater meaning as a result.

Baumgartner’s Bombay. I wish to express my gratitude to Girton College, Cambridge, for having provided me with a year of perfect conditions for work. In my beginning is my end. In succession Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended, Are removed, destroyed, restored.

ANITA DESAI is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner's Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond Dust, among other works. Библиографические данные. Baumgartner's Bombay Mariner books.

An outsider in India, where he has fled from Nazi Germany, Hugo Baumgartner finds his painful past dredged up when he offers to help a wild young German hippie.

He struggled and heaved, fought to get out from under it, hitting out with his arms. Lotte muttered in angry protest. Remorsefully, Baumgartner rubbed her rubbery red arms, then struggled out of bed, groaning, ‘And no Mittagessen, no lunch, even have we had. Lotte, won’t you make some Mittagessen now?’. She muttered something inaudible, and threw her head about on the pillow. Baumgartner sighed, straightened his clothes and stumbled towards the table.

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Good Condition: A book that has been read, but is in good condition. Minimal damage to the book cover eg. scuff marks, but no holes or tears. If this is a hard cover, the dust jacket may be missing. Binding has minimal wear. The majority of pages are undamaged with some creasing or tearing, and pencil underlining of text, but this is minimal. No highlighting of text, no writing in the margins, and no missing pages.

Hugo Baumgartner is a man who doesn't belong anywhere. He's a Berlin Jew who travelled to India to escape the Nazis and, after years spent the mercy of his past and his tumultuous adopted land, he has now retired to a seedy cat-filled apartment behind Bombay's Taj Hotel. But destiny has not finished with Baumgartner, in this haunting tale of the afflictions of exile.

Hugo Baumgartner lives in squalor behind Bombay's Taj Hotel with his cats and his memories. Then an encounter with fair-haired Kurt, a young German hippie desperate for drug money, unleashes his past: an affluent childhood in Berlin until Hitler came into power, when his father, after temporary detention in Dachau, committed suicide, his boycotted furniture business nearly in ruins.

A "beautifully written, richly textured, and haunting story" (Chaim Potok), BAUMGARTNER'S BOMBAY is Anita Desai's classic novel of the Holocaust era, a story of profound emotional wounds of war and its exiles. The novel follows Hugo Baumgartner as he flees Nazi Germany -- and his Jewish heritage -- for India, only to be imprisoned as a hostile alien and then released to Bombay at war's end. In this tale of a man who, "like a figure in a Greek tragedy . . . seems to elude his destiny" (NEW LEADER), Desai's "capacious intelligence, her unsentimental compassion" (NEW REPUBLIC) reach their full height.
ok for entertainment, but a little lax in some places. A writer who writes for a living, not because she has a story that needs to be told, is the impression. Obvious that historical facts are learned, not experienced or first hand told, even if writer is born 37. E.g. the man who takes over the father's shop says they better move to India, as the nazis otherwise would deport them to Eastern Europe: what country would that be?, at the time where Hitler had conquered Eastern Europe, it would be impossible for a German (jew or not) to move to India, a country at war with Hitler. And e.g. the story of escape from the prison is of course Heinrich Harrer's from "7 years in Tibet", why not use Harrer's name directly.
And too predictable ending, and then not one that leaves the reader in a good mood.
This is a heart wrenching, wonderful book. It will be impossible to forget the character Baumgartner and what Bombay was like for him. Anita Desai's descriptions are wonderful, they are visual. The story takes on an even greater meaning as a result.
I read this book on a long plane ride. Well, it was okay...not special, though intermittently interesting. I guess my main problem was that I could not quite empathize with the main character Hugo Baumgartner. As another review says - he is a passive character caught up in terrible events. Yeah, it sucks to be him - but he didn't seem to put in much effort into making his life more worth living! The parts involving his interaction with the cafeteria owner Farookh are amusing. The parts describing his childhood back in Germany are cute. The other parts (the camp, Calcutta etc.) are just okay.

Another problem I had was that India has been potrayed by the author in excessively poor light. I know that over population, poverty, squalor etc. are major problems all Indian cities are faced with - but seriously, is that all Anita Desai knows about India? Being an Indian, it is a shame that she has nothing positive to say about a diverse and fascinating country with a rich culture.

Well I guess 3/5 sounds about right for this book.
I really shouldn't be writing this. It's because my loathing of filth makes me clearly unsuitable to make an unbiased critique. I like Anita Desai and it was a different book to the others that I have read..BUT do not be deterred. I wasn't. And soon the sights and sounds of India hit the forefront, eased their way into my mind and I was transfixed by a story both challenging and emotional, caring and also brutal but written by an author with an immense knowledge and feeling for her country. India - land of the extremes - such beauty and yet such terrible poverty. I won't give you a synopsis of the story - you really must read it. Anita Desai has excelled herself.
The story tells about a German Jewish man who is in in India during WWII.
He stays on to live in India while his family is decimated back home-and has a mistress who is a one-time prostitute,also Jewish.
So far ,so good.
You'd think that with this powerful material,the author could create an interesting story
Not so
The author is under the impression that by quoting German folk songs,she has already created the entire atmosphere and description of the situation in Germany and India during WWII.
She believes that by inserting a few words of Yiddish here and there,she has already made the reader understand the complexity of the situation--the exiled Jew in India
While reading this book,I often stopped and wondered at the absurd tools the author used.
I asked myself "How stupid does she think her readers are?"
To tackle such a sensitive subject as the Shoah you definitely need to do more than insert a few lines taken from German poetry.
Sorry,Ms Dessai!
Next time,i won't buy.
Superb novel set in India but really a Holocaust novel by one of India's finest authors (Ms. Desai is half German, hence the interest in the Holocaust--wonderful if sad plot, and grim but not devastating ending.
Grotesque. Unappealing characters meandering through the barest of stories. It gets worse with each page. Quit while you're ahead. Save you money and your time.