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For Readers Of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, And Jhumpa Lahiri, An Electrifying Debut Novel About Three Unforgettable Characters Who Seek To Rise To The Middle Class, To Political Power, To Fame In The Movies And Find Their Lives Entangled In The Wake Of A Catastrophe In Contemporary IndiaJivan Is A Muslim Girl From The Slums, Determined To Move Up In Life, Who Is Accused Of Executing A Terrorist Attack On A Train Because Of A Careless Comment On Facebook PT Sir Is An Opportunistic Gym Teacher Who Hitches His Aspirations To A Right Wing Political Party, And Finds That His Own Ascent Becomes Linked To Jivan S Fall Lovely An Irresistible Outcast Whose Exuberant Voice And Dreams Of Glory Fill The Novel With Warmth And Hope And Humor Has The Alibi That Can Set Jivan Free, But It Will Cost Her Everything She Holds DearTaut, Symphonic, Propulsive, And Riveting From Its Opening Lines, A Burning Has The Force Of An Epic While Being So Masterfully Compressed It Can Be Read In A Single Sitting Majumdar Writes With Dazzling Assurance At A Breakneck Pace On Complex Themes That Read Here As The Components Of A Thriller Class, Fate, Corruption, Justice, And What It Feels Like To Face Profound Obstacles And Yet Nurture Big Dreams In A Country Spinning Toward Extremism An Extraordinary Debut


10 thoughts on “A Burning

  1. chai ♡ chai ♡ says:

    find this review others on my blog At the start of Majumdar s standout debut novel, Jivan, a young Muslim woman, makes a Facebook post that takes a jab at the government s handling of a train bombing in Bengal Someone hastens to whisper of it, and Jivan lands in a prison cell, charged with the attack before night finishes falling Everyone, suddenly, had known her, everyone had heard her speak ill of her country, everyone had seen her in the train station everyone is deranged with ang find this review others on my blog At the start of Majumdar s standout debut novel, Jivan, a young Muslim woman, makes a Facebook post that takes a jab at the government s handling of a train bombing in Bengal Someone hastens to whisper of it, and Jivan lands in a prison cell, charged with the attack before night finishes falling Everyone, suddenly, had known her, everyone had heard her speak ill of her country, everyone had seen her in the train station everyone is deranged with anger, demanding justice be carried out.Jivan s life is like an hourglass turned over, and all the world is watching the grains tumble down, and waiting Her cries of innocence are invisible, incorporeal, insubstantial as a murmur, and the disingenuous testimony of her former PE teacher who forgoes morality in hopes to curry favor with a right wing party luminary keeps Jivan tethered to the bars of her prison, instead of the gaps she s found between them at the prospect of Lovely the inspiring trans actress she used to tutor speaking in court in favor of Jivan, and a reporter who promises to tell her side of the storyThe country needs someone to punish, I tell him And I am that personA Burning feels ambitious in a myriad of ways Jivan is not the only main character in this novel Majumdar s choice is faraudacious she makes us at home in the minds of PE Sir and Lovely, as well as a handful of other characters who dip in and out of the story like hummingbirds Jivan s trial is a catalyst, the thread that runs through their lives, marrying one to the next, and as the connections between their stories pile up and tighten, evasions and lies come tumbling out of the closet and unexcepted links between them are revealed.Crafting a novel told through different points of view requires skilled calibration particularly when those characters are divided by religion, social background and gender identity but the multiple voices here are handled with restrained mastery by Majumdar The author s uncannily intense evocation of place, mood and character as well as her unflinching honesty is the novel s greatest triumph Majumdar is as comfortable inhabiting Jivan s mind as she is PE Sir s and Lovely s, agilely narrating her novel in first person and a close third person, weaving the characters struggles into dialogue without reducing them into mouthpieces for a popular debate This patchwork of alternating perspectives lends the novel great power and presence, and by the end of the book you ll wonder how anyone could have possibly told the story differently.In many senses, A Burning is a cautionary tale for those who claim politics has no place in their lives, and that includes a great many people Majumdar ties the private terrors of supposedly inconsequential people to the larger forces pulsing through India and the world She lays bare issues of gender, religion and class, and keeps you reading when you most want to turn away The novel is embedded with the rallying cry of powerless people who have no way to bargain with the world The grievous and undeniable sound of fear being smothered by those who lived so tenderly it was as though they were housed inside a flower, nothing but shiny shells walking around, grinding away at people with modest inspirations and hopes and pulling their lives to pieces Jivan and Lovely s connection in particular pricks like a thorn Jivan looked at Lovely like a drowning woman watching the shore recede, but when arguing for any redeeming quality in Jivan was rendered a kind of rank treason, Lovely s old instincts kick in, that ancient streak of self preservation, the lesson which sifted down to her only by degrees, but which was in fact the truest thing at the heart of the business of living In this world, only one of us can be truly free Jivan, or me Every day, I am making my choice, and I am making it today also This isn t a book about easy answers, anythan it s driven by plot The characters shine amidst this barrage of horrors, as distinct and startling as a flame leaping up in a dark room Coleridge once said that Shakespeare always made apprehension predominate over surprise, and this too is what Majumdar does best in her novel I watched the questions I saw also the answers, and there was a knot of tension high in my chest, something that became harder andcoiled with every page turn.Majumdar is less telling a story, andscraping through it like a shovel through gravel, rooting out the truth at the dark heart of it all This is the kind of story that will dully ache during the day and froth you to sleeplessness when you lay in the shuttered dark A must read ko fi blog twitter tumblr


  2. Adam Dalva Adam Dalva says:

    A wonderfully plotted, ambitious debut novel by a writer with a lot to offer, the story of 3 lives intersecting around a single, harrowing lie Majumdar takes major risks with a multi perspective, voice driven novel whose politics often occur in the background, but her excellent plotting abilities kept me flying through this.


  3. Marchpane Marchpane says:

    A Burning begins with a conflagration For the reader, this novel is a lit fuse an exercise in tension, perfectly paced.Majumdar covers a lot of ground in this short and deceptively simple novel, set in India in the aftermath of a terrorist attack An earnest young woman accused of the crime a schoolteacher dipping his toe into politics and a Hijra actress in search of stardom are the main players Through subtle means, the characters are given distinctive voices Lovely, the actress, has a f A Burning begins with a conflagration For the reader, this novel is a lit fuse an exercise in tension, perfectly paced.Majumdar covers a lot of ground in this short and deceptively simple novel, set in India in the aftermath of a terrorist attack An earnest young woman accused of the crime a schoolteacher dipping his toe into politics and a Hijra actress in search of stardom are the main players Through subtle means, the characters are given distinctive voices Lovely, the actress, has a flair for the dramatic and narrates in the present progressive tense, as if her life is an ongoing performance Jivan, the accused, speaks with a gentle, matter of fact understatement that belies her desperate situation And PT Sir an ordinary man afforded a sip of power descends a slippery slope, his dark path much too plausible for comfort.Corruption, ambition, prejudice, and injustice fuel the story and the plot threads converge with devastating inevitability Taking in the current socio political state of modern India, as well as universal questions of morality and integrity, Majumdar proves that you don t need a huge cast of characters or a lengthy page count to tell a BIG story


  4. Jill Jill says:

    It all starts simply enough an idealistic young Muslim girl uses her very first costly device with her own salary, a SmartPhone, to join in the conversation on Facebook A vicious train attack by terrorists has just taken place and right afterwards, she posts an ill advised comment.With that propulsive opening, A Burning ignites a firestorm that asks searing questions Whose future is it How far are we willing to go to take our place into a better life be it political status, artistic fame, or It all starts simply enough an idealistic young Muslim girl uses her very first costly device with her own salary, a SmartPhone, to join in the conversation on Facebook A vicious train attack by terrorists has just taken place and right afterwards, she posts an ill advised comment.With that propulsive opening, A Burning ignites a firestorm that asks searing questions Whose future is it How far are we willing to go to take our place into a better life be it political status, artistic fame, or simply a way out of crushing poverty Would we sacrifice others for our own ambitions Narrated primarily by a trio of original characters Jovan, the girl at the crux of the book Lovely, a hijra trans who has acting aspirations and whom Jovan has tutored and PR Sir, her former gym teacher who will do anything to gain pollical clout with a right wing party.In telling her story, Megha Majumdar touches upon a smorgasbord of topics that inform many conversations today the effect of income disparities, the results of nationalism gone awry, the miscarriage of justice, the ethical lapses of the press and the sinister side of social media, and the systemic corruption that feeds all of it.Wry, unsettling, and poignant, A Burning deserves the great advance buzz it is getting I am so grateful to Alfred A Knopf Publisher for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange for a definitely honest review


  5. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    I m glad I read this Megha Majumdar s debut novel It felt like the most advertised promoted book of this summer I needed to read what all the fuss about.I ve many memories of the year I spent living in India Memories of those crowed trains too, stood out So.It was easy to visualize the opening scene..really frightening of how people could NOT get OUT.when flaming torches were burning them alive almost instantly There was almost no focus on the people who died from that horr I m glad I read this Megha Majumdar s debut novel It felt like the most advertised promoted book of this summer I needed to read what all the fuss about.I ve many memories of the year I spent living in India Memories of those crowed trains too, stood out So.It was easy to visualize the opening scene..really frightening of how people could NOT get OUT.when flaming torches were burning them alive almost instantly There was almost no focus on the people who died from that horrific crime It s not what this book was about.but while reading about the unfairness done to a young Muslim girl which was sad RIDICULOUS that she spent a year in jail MADDENING I was often reflecting back on those people , while on that train So many died I was sad I neededtime before moving on.I have the same argument today about what s going on in our world with the coronavirus I hear a lot of numbers opening closing reopening re closing but what I don t hear enough about are the stories from families who have lost loved ones How do we mourn a 100,000 deaths How did India mourn those 100 deaths on the train that day How many times to we gloss over the important part of a news story only to glamorize the drama These I admit , were thoughts that were triggered for me I liked this book and there s certainly a lot to look at Cautionary tale I think so Careful what you put on social media it just might get you arrested Not sure I liked the main characters not that it mattered but I noticed it was the supporting characters I connected with most mom, dad, and a 70 year old guru teacher I m only giving this book 3.5 stars willing to rate up to 4 stars.Because I definitely recommend it but I don t think it s without flaws which is okayit s a great issue tale a debut worthy to examine, contemplate discrimination, injustice, while taking a sleuth journey I m the girl who needstime mourn the deeper sadness of situations I felt this novel rushed into the story while I wantedtime devoted to the loss of those who died I look forward to reading what other readers of had to say about this book.And..I applaud the author Congratulations to her on her first book I d be happy to read her again


  6. Ron Charles Ron Charles says:

    Megha Majumdar s debut novel, A Burning, is aptly named This all consuming story rages along, bright and scalding, illuminating three intertwined lives in contemporary India Majumdar, who was raised in West Bengal before attending Harvard University and moving to New York, demonstrates an uncanny ability to capture the vast scope of a tumultuous society by attending to the hopes and fears of people living on the margins The effect is transporting, often thrilling, finally harrowing It s no Megha Majumdar s debut novel, A Burning, is aptly named This all consuming story rages along, bright and scalding, illuminating three intertwined lives in contemporary India Majumdar, who was raised in West Bengal before attending Harvard University and moving to New York, demonstrates an uncanny ability to capture the vast scope of a tumultuous society by attending to the hopes and fears of people living on the margins The effect is transporting, often thrilling, finally harrowing It s no wonder this propulsive novel was chosen for the Today Show book club and leaped immediately onto the bestseller list.The story opens with horrific news racing across social media Terrorists have firebombed a train, trappingthan 100 people inside the cars as they burned Facebook lights up with calls for justice, requests for donations and complaints about the ineffective police Scrolling through these posts, a young sales clerk named Jivan jumps in with her own casual outrage But when her message earns no likes, she comes up with somethingprovocative If the police watched them die, doesn t that To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert


  7. Lisa Lisa says:

    3.3 A Burning is a raging novel with a plot and characters there mainly to serve its point about injustice and corruption in modern India Unlike most reviewers, I was disappointed I found it disturbing but thin Actually, although lacking as a novel, I think it would make an excellent play.


  8. Seemita Seemita says:

    A throbbing 3.5 stars Words I know they are potent they can bind and heal, rejuvenate and transform But, I also know, in equal measure, they can kill In A Burning , just a pale black string of words on a social media page makes a young Muslim girl, an enemy of the state, and takes her to the darks she had not felt even in the darkest corner of her dingy, tarp roofed house in a Kolkata slum A comment is all it takes for the 22 years of her life to be wiped clean off the slate with the powA throbbing 3.5 stars Words I know they are potent they can bind and heal, rejuvenate and transform But, I also know, in equal measure, they can kill In A Burning , just a pale black string of words on a social media page makes a young Muslim girl, an enemy of the state, and takes her to the darks she had not felt even in the darkest corner of her dingy, tarp roofed house in a Kolkata slum A comment is all it takes for the 22 years of her life to be wiped clean off the slate with the powerful duster of sedition.Keeping Jivan which, ironically, means life at the centre, the author draws twocharacters, one each on the opposite side of the protagonist Lovely, a transgender and PT Sir, a school teacher Neither have a swell resume to grab a berth in the first row of life but they are trying hard And when both are called to testify in Jivan vs The State case, they take opposite stands and see their destinies unspool in an entirely different air An undercurrent of urgency keeps the book going, as if slackening the pace might make the reader look away from the plight of Jivan Her no nonsense account of her life in the prison gingerly pricks like that rough, ordinary stone that continues to give scratches on rub until its edges are all blunt and toothless That even a prison is not without its hierarchies, the press is not without its politics and the court is not without its masters is deftly pinned all over the body of the book, making it bear a look of the haggard, drooping a little every day Imparting a shining white to Lovely s and PT Sir s dreams by snatching it from Jivan s many skies turns this work into a window into the times we live in freedom of speech and privacy being routinely sacrificed at the altar of majoritarianism and religious fanaticismThe light alerts me when morning comes Now that I know it is morning, I practice the yoga I learned long ago, on rainy days in school But my body is reluctant It adheres, like a block of concrete, to the floor There is noting supple in my arms They are twigs, waiting to snap When I look down, my legs are dry and scaly, white with skin that is neither alive nor willing to shedThe pages of the register at the morgue flutter But life goes on And in between this space, words lie, bidding their time


  9. Doug Doug says:

    3.5, rounded up.Although compulsively readable yay for short chapters , with an interesting structure and plot, I came away a bit unsatisfied I read a LOT of South Asian literature and am a huge Bollywood fan my cats are even named Priyanka, Bipasha, Chandni and may she rest in peace Deepika , and this just seemed to be recycling things I had already read seen, and felt somewhat simplistically pandering towards an American audience unfamiliar with India What I really liked was how each 3.5, rounded up.Although compulsively readable yay for short chapters , with an interesting structure and plot, I came away a bit unsatisfied I read a LOT of South Asian literature and am a huge Bollywood fan my cats are even named Priyanka, Bipasha, Chandni and may she rest in peace Deepika , and this just seemed to be recycling things I had already read seen, and felt somewhat simplistically pandering towards an American audience unfamiliar with India What I really liked was how each of the three strands are told in very different voices , something that is often neglected with multiple POVs And the seemingly obligatory nowadays character of the hijra Lovely is well, lovely Already a best seller, thanks to its pick as a Today book club selection, I m glad it s finding an audience, but I d put it on a second tier compared with the best of Indian lit A Suitable Boy The Death of Vishnu A Fine Balance etc PS I have never seen roti spelled as ruti before but maybe it s some regional variation


  10. Jenna | JennaStopReading Jenna | JennaStopReading says:

    What a debut This book packed a seriously powerful punch in such a short amount of time While this is not the genre that I am typically drawn to, I really enjoyed this read.What made this book unique was the very different voices of the three POV s If I ever had to set the book down mid chapter, I very easily knew which character I was reading when I came back to the book Their tones and personalities were easily perceptible through the writing, making this book about a heavy subject very re What a debut This book packed a seriously powerful punch in such a short amount of time While this is not the genre that I am typically drawn to, I really enjoyed this read.What made this book unique was the very different voices of the three POV s If I ever had to set the book down mid chapter, I very easily knew which character I was reading when I came back to the book Their tones and personalities were easily perceptible through the writing, making this book about a heavy subject very readable and engaging An author that can really move me in just at 300 pages is a winner I look forward tofrom Megha Majumdar