The City and the Sea: A Novel

The City and the Sea: A Novel

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In a crumbling neighbourhood in New Delhi, a child waits for a mother to return home from work. And, in parallel, in a snow-swept town in Germany on the Baltic Sea coast a woman, her memory fading, shows up at a deserted hotel. Worlds apart, both embark, in the course of that night, on harrowing journeys through the lost and the missing, the living and the dead, until they meet in an ending that breaks the heart - and holds the promise of putting it back together again.

Called the novelist of the newsroom, Raj Kamal Jha cleaves open India's tragedy of violence against women with a powerful story about our complicity in the culture that supports it. This is a book about masculinity - damaging and toxic and yet enduring and entrenched - that begs the question: What kind of men are our boys growing up to be?

Title:The City and the Sea: A Novel
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780670090440
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    The City and the Sea: A Novel Reviews

  • Padmaja (thebookishtales)

    'The city and the sea' is a reimagining of the Nirbhaya tragedy which happened on the 16th of December 2012. It was quite subtle in the narration of it.The book has two parallel stories going on, one ...

  • Vanya

    Every Indian knows of the “Nirbhaya” case, of the story that shook the country and then brought its people together, even if only for a few days of awakened conscience and enraged morality. Not mu...

  • Ushita Bhanja

    'The city and the Sea' is a daring and sincere approach to the 'Nirbhaya' rape case by Rajkamal Jha. An unconstrained narrative told in a simple yet powerful way, compelling the reader to ponder. Jha ...

  • Sahil Pradhan

    Raj Kamal Jha is a fine writer with a great sense of character, vivid knowledge of common human being's especially an Indian's mindset and thoughts and an eye for telling detail. He can move from tend...

  • Chitra Ahanthem

    This can be a difficult read.The narrative follows a woman in a deserted hotel in remote Germany and a small boy in Delhi in search of his mother who has not returned home. Both situations are fraught...

  • Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)

    3.5 stars coz I'm not a fan of magic realism Review to come...

  • Suprita Ranjan (doyouevenreallyread)

    Trigger warning: mentions of rape. The City and the Sea by Raj Kamal Jha is a magical realism approach to the Nirbhaya rape case that rattled India in December of 2012.To start with, the book is beaut...

  • Prathyush Parasuraman

    More than good-bad, my primary gripe with the book is that it is annoying, even when it's articulate (Jha does have a very dreamy command over the language, even if it is a bit unwieldy in places). Us...

  • Jayasri KS

    Have you ever read a book where you read the first few pages and you have no idea how the story progresses?Well, this is one such book. This book kind of shows magical realism where most of the part w...

  • Shruti

    While many applaud Jha for talking about abuse and rape through a lens of magical realism, it just didn't sit right with me. To be fair to the writing, it neither romanticized nor downplayed the atroc...