Nobody Does the Right Thing: A Novel

Nobody Does the Right Thing: A Novel

Nobody Does the Right Thing A Novel A young poet is killed by her lover a politician in the eastern Indian state of Bihar Soon afterward across India in Bombay an idealistic journalist is hired by a movie director to write a Bollywo

  • Title: Nobody Does the Right Thing: A Novel
  • Author: Amitava Kumar
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A young poet is killed by her lover, a politician, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar Soon afterward, across India in Bombay, an idealistic journalist is hired by a movie director to write a Bollywood screenplay about the murdered poet Research for the script takes the writer, Binod, back to Bihar, where he and his cousin Rabinder were raised While the high minded BinA young poet is killed by her lover, a politician, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar Soon afterward, across India in Bombay, an idealistic journalist is hired by a movie director to write a Bollywood screenplay about the murdered poet Research for the script takes the writer, Binod, back to Bihar, where he and his cousin Rabinder were raised While the high minded Binod struggles to turn the poet s murder into a steamy tale about small towns, desire, and intrigue, Rabinder sits in a Bihari jail cell, having been arrested for distributing pornography through a cybercaf Rabinder dreams of a career in Bollywood filmmaking, and unlike his cousin, he is not burdened by ethical scruples Nobody Does the Right Thing is the story of these two cousins and the ways that their lives unexpectedly intertwine Set in the rural villages of Bihar and the metropolises of Bombay and Delhi, the novel is packed with telling details and anecdotes about life in contemporary India At the same time, it is a fictional investigation into how narratives circulate and vie for supremacy through gossip, cinema, popular fiction, sensational journalism, and the global media.

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    From the first page, it is clear this is the first work of fiction written by a talented non-fiction writer. The prose is precise and well-crafted, but it has an after-taste of academia. The plot is intriguing, but the setting gets in the way for readers, such as I, who are not too familiar with India. This is a story as much about two regions in that vast country as it is about the human characters. I gravitate towards novels like this one, because I think creative fiction is one of the best ve [...]

    I received a copy of this book for free through First Reads program.I couldn't even bring myself to finish this book, and it's very rare that I stop reading something halfway through. (I got very close to the end before I gave up.) Don't get me wrong, this book is well-written, though it seems to take for granted that the reader understands enough about Indian culture to be able to follow the story, but I was completely lost. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and it just didn't see [...]

    This book is full of unexpected events and demonstrates a depth of human-ness with fully developed characters. While there are differences in the culture of the United States and India, the similarity among people, their dreams and fears, is illustrated poignantly. Nobody Does the Right Thing rings distantly of Slumdog Millionaire but is still original in and of itself. Open the pages and step into a new world.

    I won this book from but was a bit disappointed. The story moved extremely slowly that I often found myself falling asleep. I'm not quite sure what the purpose of this story was but it was really boring. Of all the books I've read taking place in India nothing seems to ever compare to A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

    I won this book on Giveaways, though I don't remember signing up for it. I need to expand my reading to different countries and cultures so I was excited to get starte. The book was good, but really hard for me to read. I have issues with certain aspects of the culture but thought the author wrote a believable story.

    Rather difficult to read, even for one from the very same geography and culture, with a complex story that plods along. Nevertheless, a well-written work, with interesting characters, that depicts very many Indian sociopolitical aspects. Diligent ethnographic researchers may find the book informative, but it is not exactly a moving, enlightening story.

    I won this book and am just waiting for it to arrive!I have received the book, and am disappointed. Like other readers I found the story hard to follow. I didn't connect with any of the characters. I found it disjointed and uncertain of what was going on.

    Awkwardly written. I never cared about any of the characters and I had a hard time following what was going on.I won a free copy of this book from first reads.

    I won this book, but I am getting discouraged. There are many bad reviews. I will still give it a chance when I am done my practicum & have more free time!

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