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Friend of my youth

by Chaudhuri, Amit, 1962-

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Chaudhuri
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Chaudhuri
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction CHAUDHURI Amit
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  CHAUDHURI Amit
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC CHAUDHURI
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
An intensely personal novel about childhood, memory, and history by one of today's most celebrated authors, now available in the US for the first time.

Friend of My Youth begins with the novelist Amit Chaudhuri returning to Bombay, the city in which he grew up, to give a reading. Ramu, the friend of his youth, with whom he likes to get together when he comes back, is not there: after years of disabling drug addiction, Ramu has signed up for an intensive rehab program. But Amit Chaudhuri has errands to run in Bombay for his mother and wife, which take him back to the Taj Mahal Hotel, the site, not that long before, of a brutal terrorist attack.

Amit Chaudhuri writes novels the way an extraordinary instrumentalist makes music, stating and restating his themes, trying them out in different keys and to various effect, developing and dropping them, only to pick them up again and turn them completely around. He engages both our minds and our hearts. He makes us marvel. Friend of My Youth , his deceptively casual and continually observant and inventive new novel, makes us see and feel the great city of Bombay while bringing us into the quizzical, tender, rueful, and reflective sensibility of its central character, Amit Chaudhuri, not to be confused, we are told, with the novelist who wrote this book. Friend of My Youth reflects on the nature of identity, the passage of time, the experience of friendship, the indignities of youth and middle age, the lives of parents and children, and, for all the humor that seasons its pages, terror, the terror that can strike from nowhere, the terror that is a fact of daily life. Friend of My Youth is fearfully and wonderfully made.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In Chaudhuri's (Odysseus Abroad , 2015) eighth novel an example of what the French call autofiction, even as he critiques or subverts the expectations of this subgenre the narrator/author makes three visits to the city where he grew up and rendezvouses with his friend Ramu, though the friend is also the no-longer-existing city of Bombay, which has been renamed Mumbai. Principal events, Ramu's years-long heroin addiction and the days-long terrorist attack on the landmark Taj hotel, take place before the book begins. Wandering in the neighborhoods he frequented as a child and staying at the Taj hotel, Chaudhuri, in elliptical prose, describes experiences both poignant and ambivalent. His friend has aged but not necessarily grown up; the hotel has been rebuilt but not necessarily restored. The paltry new security features can only intrude on the narrator's memories: I'm undecided about the time we live in. The ongoing passage to oblivion. To paraphrase a title of Proust's, a writer Chaudhuri has been compared to often, this is a remarkable record of pasts recaptured that had never been free in the first place.--Michael Autrey Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This striking novel from Chaudhuri (A Strange and Sublime Address) tracks a writer by the same name returning to his boyhood home of Bombay for a book reading. This time, the place feels different-it's after the 2008 terror attack, and his childhood friend Ramu is back in rehab. Amit doesn't have anywhere to be aside from his reading and running an errand for his family. As he wanders the streets, Amit reflects on why he left Bombay. He scans bookshelves for his work and doesn't see his titles, forcing him to reconsider his mark on the city. He also thinks about the sacrifices his parents made for his education; his mother had to sell her jewelry after the family fell on hard times. Amit speaks with a working man who recalls his parents from years ago, making him realize though Amit's parents no longer live in Bombay, they still belong. Without the anchor of seeing Ramu, Amit discovers how tenuous his connection to the past becomes. In this cogent and introspective novel, Chaudhuri movingly portrays how other people can allow individuals to connect their present and past. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Friendship -- Fiction.
Memory -- Fiction.
Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Fiction.
Mumbai Terrorist Attacks, Mumbai, India, 2008 -- Fiction.
Mumbai (India) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2017
Language English
Description 165 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781681373386
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