The Impressionist

The Impressionist

eBook - 2003
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Pran Nath Razdan, the boy who will become the Impressionist, was passed off by his Indian mother as the child of her husband, a wealthy man of a high caste. Pran lived a life of luxury just downriver from the Taj Mahal, but at fifteen, the news of Pran's true parentage is revealed to his father and he is tossed out into the street--a pariah and an outcast. Thus begins an extraordinary, near mythical journey of a young man who must reinvent himself to survive--not once, but many times.

From Victorian India to Edwardian London, from an expatriate community of black Americans in Paris to a hopeless expedition to study a lost tribe of Africa, Hari Kunzru's unforgettable debut novel dazzles with its artistry and wit while it challenges with its insights into what it means to be Indian or English, black or white, and every degree that lies between.

Publisher: New York : Plume, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9781101656136
Characteristics: 1 online resource (465 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

A beautifully written, multilayered debut novel with a cast of fantastical characters and locales.

Sep 03, 2013

This is Kunzru's first novel and it does not really succeed. It tells the story of a boy, born of an Indian mother and British father who is able to "pass" as white. As indicated by the title, he takes on the characteristics of the people with whom he is thrown together. However, these people are often as empty, living as unexamined lives, as is the protaganist.

May 16, 2010

so well written, you have to slow down and enjoy the words.
You start off wondering whether this is going to be a book of misery but the story quickly turns positive.


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