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by Anita Nair

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ISBN:
0312253761
ISBN13:
978-0312253769
Author:
Anita Nair
Publisher:
Picador; 1st edition (August 1, 2001)
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Pages:
368 pages
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1494 kb
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1356 kb
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Contemporary
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Rating:
4.9

A magical, inventive novel about one man's struggle to find his place in the small Indian village of his birthIn Anita Nair's warm and imaginative first novel, middle-aged Acuthan Nair returns home to restore his childhood house and to confront old ghosts

A magical, inventive novel about one man's struggle to find his place in the small Indian village of his birthIn Anita Nair's warm and imaginative first novel, middle-aged Acuthan Nair returns home to restore his childhood house and to confront old ghosts. When he begins the project, he hires the town painter, One-Screw-Loose Bhasi, to oversee the renovation, and the two men quickly develop a close friendship

Mar 10, 2017 Biju .

The Better Man is a 2000 novel by Anita Nair. It is set in the northern part of Kerala, India, a region known as Malabar under the British Raj. Mukundan, retired from government service, returns to the village of Kaikurussi where he was born

The Better Man is a 2000 novel by Anita Nair. Mukundan, retired from government service, returns to the village of Kaikurussi where he was born. He is upset, viewing his life as a failure. He meets si", a local eccentric, a housepainter and an inventor of an odd system of alternative medicine. He helps Mukundan transform himself.

I happen to read Anita Nair's "The Better Man". I really liked the book for the ways in which she has portrayed Kerala. Picturized in the malabar region of kerala, in a village called kaikurussi, the novel tells the story of a man,Mukundan who returns to his village to settle down after retirement. It is most of the time close to the reality. But he realizes that his life is still in the clutches of his tyrant father, whom he was always afraid of. He starts believing that he's indirectly responsible for his mothers death.

The better man : a novel.

At the heart of Anita Nair's first novel, The Better Man, there's a haunted house-with ghosts lurching around dark hallways and pushing the living down staircases. In Anita Nair's warm and imaginative first novel, middle-aged bachelor Mukundan returns to his native Indian village and is haunted by the past. Determined to conquer old ghosts, Mukundan decides to restore his childhood home and hires One-Screw-Loose Bhasi, an outcast painter, to oversee the renovations.

The Better Man. A Novel. In Anita Nair's warm and imaginative first novel, middle-aged Acuthan Nair returns home to restore his childhood house and to confront old ghosts. When he begins the project, he hires the town painter, One-Screw-Loose Bhasi, to oversee the renovation, and the two men quickly develop a close friendship. Bhasi, who has a special talent for healing the wounded, helps Acuthan come to terms with his mother's violent death and teaches him how to stand up to his overbearing, manipulative father.

Meera is happily submerged in the role of corporate wife and cookbook writer. Only the Good Spy Young.

When travel writer Christopher Stewart arrives at a riverside resort in Kerala, India to meet Koman, Radha's uncle and a famous dancer, he enters a world of masks and repressed emotions. From their first meeting, both Radha and her uncle are drawn to the enigmatic young man with his cello and his incessant questions about the past. Meera is happily submerged in the role of corporate wife and cookbook writer.

Thereafter followed Nair's novel The Better Man (2000) which also has been published in Europe and the United States. Nair has also written The Puffin Book of Myths and Legends (2004), a children's book on myths and legends. Anita Nair's second novel Ladies Coupé from 2001, has turned out to be an even greater success than the first both among critics and readers in so far 15 countries outside India: from the United States to Turkey, from Poland to Portugal.

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A middle-aged bachelor, Mukundan returns to the Indian town where he was born, where he is tested and forced to confront his past. Reprint.
Reviews:
  • Bluddefender
I happen to read Anita Nair's "The Better Man". I really liked the book for the ways in which she has portrayed Kerala. It is most of the time close to the reality. Unlike Arunthathy Roy, she doesn't invent or vulgarize English language. She speaks the truth with all idiosyncrasies of Kerala Culture. More over she has left out any sensational issues like kerala-politics and religion.
  • Siratius
I enjoyed the descriptions of daily life in an Indian village. Other than that, this book had a lot to dislike. For starters, the language was too contrived: "...she let him grope the curves of her breasts and tease the nubs into nibbly nuts..." "Then in Bhasi's eyes, Mukundan saw the star he had sought in the heavens shine and burn". The storyline was equally aggravating. This could have easily been the plot of a high-school movie: newcomer (Mukundan) is scared and wants nothing more than belong. He makes friends with a dweeb (Bhasi), who is genuinely concerned about him. He finds true love (Anjana). But when the "in" clique starts paying attention to the newcomer, he mistreats those who care about him. Through a series of events, he eventually realizes what a rat he's been and makes ammends.
Honestly, i'd rather watch or read the high-school version!
  • tamada
With many a fiction being released with exotic corners of the world in the backdrop, `The Better Man' has the entire recipe for a potential blockbuster in that category, but for some reason fails to emulate even a `God of Small Things'. The reason, I believe lies in the basics of writing: the author failed to identify the audience of the book. With the globalization taking the literary world on stride, it is hard, but still important for the producer (author) to clearly identify the consumer (reader) for success (effective communication).
The story of Kaikkurussi has all the ingredients for an interesting netherworld tale. There is the curious Bhasi who can look into the minds and cure them with the help of exotic herbs and pure commonsense. There is the protagonist Mukundan, who discovers and rediscovers himself with the help of Bhasi. There are the images of death, tyranny, submission, defiance and ultimate tragedy of the various other characters with the Kerala social setup in the background. But the author fails to build the necessary background for a person unfamiliar with the society to digest all this. At the same time, for a native, the book does not provide anything new or exciting as there have been similar books written before, albeit in the local vernacular. It appears Anita Nair had the former category of readers in mind.
I would point to Marquez's Macondo (One Hundred Years of Solitude) as the epitome of the stories of other lands, factual or fictitious. It is amazing how skillfully and seamlessly Marquez weaves the strands of the land, people, society, culture and times of Macondo with a strong story line in the foreground. May be that is a little unfair a benchmark to new writers like Nair.
  • Zugar
A simple tale told in a very beautiful manner. With the use of simple language, but still not losing the charm, Anitha Nair has done a wonderful job. Simplicity, detailing of characters and environment, and a good story are the trade marks of this book. Picturized in the malabar region of kerala, in a village called kaikurussi, the novel tells the story of a man,Mukundan who returns to his village to settle down after retirement. But he realizes that his life is still in the clutches of his tyrant father, whom he was always afraid of. He starts believing that he's indirectly responsible for his mothers death. He even starts hallucinating of his mother's ghosts. It takes the help of a painter by name Bhasi (who is known as one screw loose bhasi) to help him out of his misery and realize that his fears are baseless. Mukundan is made to be reborn out of a clay urn, shaped like a woman's womb. But soon mukundan dismisses bhasi and his love anjana for the sake of power and name in the village. Later at the end of the story mukundan regains his diginity and emerges as The Better Man free from his fears. Anitha nair has taken the finest care to portray the village ,the villagers, their beliefs and customs. Truly a brilliant work.