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As part of her dowry, she carries with her a gift for singing songs so alluring, The Last Song of Dusk tells the far darker and deeper story of a love shaped by. The last song of dusk: a novel. byShanghvi, Siddharth Dhanvant. Publication date For print-disabled users. Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. The Last Song of Dusk by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi - Now available again, the best-selling and award winning novel, called “A lush, wildly imaginative fairy .
Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. But when their firstborn son dies in a terrible accident, tragedy transforms their marriage into a bleak landscape.
As the pair starts fresh in a heartbroken old villa by the sea, they are joined by Nandini, a dazzling and devious artist with a trace of leopard blood in her veins.
Sensuous and electric, achingly moving and wickedly funny, The Last Song of Dusk is a tale of fate that will haunt your heart like an old and beloved song. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Betty Trask Award Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Last Song of Dusk , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about The Last Song of Dusk. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 09, Hardly rated it liked it Shelves: This book is odd to me, because it's lushly written-- I can smell the frangipani that Anuradha braids into her hair, hear the peacocks screeching, taste the dust that rises as the rickshaws trundle down the street-- but at the same time the lushness convolutes and confuses.
The author, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, has a true talent for description, but sometimes he loses control of himself and indulges in prose that becomes positively violet especially in the sex scenes with all the phallic wor This book is odd to me, because it's lushly written-- I can smell the frangipani that Anuradha braids into her hair, hear the peacocks screeching, taste the dust that rises as the rickshaws trundle down the street-- but at the same time the lushness convolutes and confuses.
The author, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, has a true talent for description, but sometimes he loses control of himself and indulges in prose that becomes positively violet especially in the sex scenes with all the phallic worship: The "c0ck yay! Can we get back to the story now?
It unravels at its own pace, with flashbacks that are handled with subtlety and without feeling intrusive or clumsy. Shanghvi doesn't rush through anything, is in no hurry to chivvy the plot along, but somehow it's all so interesting we don't care and are content to go along with him, trusting him to get us where we need to go.
I'm not crazy about the foreshadowing, however, which occurs with all the finesse of a mallet to the skull. And the dialogue is too contemporary far too often-- doesn't sound in the least like something people in post-colonial India would say in the 's. There's a clear feminist theme, here, as well as pro-gay overtones, both of which feel forced, like there's an agenda behind them. I've always felt that if you're going for social commentary in your fiction, it shouldn't hit you like an arrow through the neck.
It's irritating when the vicious old hag of the story you knew there was going to be one, right? There's a weird quasi-magical subtheme that's more puzzling than intriguing-- a red herring that adds questionable merit to the overall story and is never explained or justified-- and we're supposed to accept it without questioning. Well, to hell with that.
I question, baby, and I want answers: Is Mohan a prodigy or some sort of divine creature? Is the house really alive and cranky? How is Nandini able to walk on water? The characterization is over-the-top, much of the time: They are, instead, faults that are supposed to make us like the characters all the more: Vardhmaan can't get over the grief of losing his son, but wouldn't we think him a less-than-devoted sire if he sprang back so quickly and easily?
Nandini's wild, fey ways are meant to fascinate more than repel such as when she tells Gandhi his loincloth is hopelessly sexy-- we're supposed to be delighted by that rampant iconoclasty, and it shows.
And the nasty crone, Devi-bai, is a caricature of the evil stepmother What sort of antagonist is that? No bad guy worth their salt would just let themselves be written out of the book halfway through and let a possessed house take over the role.
Unless she's not the antagonist of the story, in which case it should be made clearer because it's confusing. The book does succeed in submerging the reader into the world of 's India, and the characters and plot are compelling enough to keep one reading instead of putting it aside, but overly lurid phrasing, anachronisms of speech, and whacked-out mystic occurrences jolt one's suspension of disbelief and call attention to the ultimate weakness of the prose.
As a first novel, The Last Song of Dusk is excellent, achieving a dreamlike surreality that other, more experienced writers strive and fail to accomplish, but in comparison to other authors masters of this genre Isabel Allende, Arundhati Roy it's clear where he's being imitative, rather than intuitive.
View 1 comment. Jun 10, Neha rated it it was amazing Shelves: A book that stands close to being a classic.. It is one of those books you should never read again, because you would never feel what you felt the first time. A masterpiece from an author who comes across sensitive and close to the feelings of his characters.
He convinces you that Life is nothing but a series of tragedies, so A book that stands close to being a classic.. He convinces you that Life is nothing but a series of tragedies, some seek the light after the long night and some seem to be lost in the darkness of the night that the night itself becomes the day. The characters of the story are deeply pained, tending and nurturing their sadness in their hearts through their songs, stories and paintings.
They give their sadness a shape, a size, a colour that it comes alive and lives with them. The sadness is so overpowering and runs across the story with such strong undercurrents that you seem to relate to the characters only through their type of sadness — the sorrow in their songs, the pain of losing a loved one, the sadness of losing your dreams, the guilt of not being there, the lonely childhood, the farness from home, the words never said and the deeds never done, the longing for your loved one.
To read more: View 2 comments. Mar 13, Lilly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lucky me, I got an advance copy of this book. I read it in maybe 3 days following and only that long because I had to work!
I had rolled my eyes when I read the comparisons reviewers had made to Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy. That's how much I liked it , so re-review to come! View all 5 comments. Oct 09, Ronak Gajjar rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am speechless!
So we confuse ourselves over it. And of course, its vastness overwhelms. But then that is the only lesson in life. How to love. How to love well, with a detached eye but a concerned hand. How to understand and surrender to its countless contradictions. Most importantly, though, how to never stop loving. He amazingly no rather I say magically will I am speechless! He amazingly no rather I say magically will bound your soul phrase by phrase. Vardhamaan and Anuradha Gandharva bound by seven sacred circles make one look India in the s through different eyes.
Nandini never ceases to surprise at any moments. Absolute elegant piece intertwining each aspect - social, romantic, polticial, intricately. Feb 16, Rachel rated it it was amazing. Read like a poem - the story was out of this world; the writing was a dream to read and the author was only 26 when he wrote this his debut novel.
Impressive on all counts and the perfect take-along book to my yoga retreat in Guatemala. Jun 07, Kkraemer rated it it was amazing.
A beautiful girl leaves her parents' home to meet her future husband, taking her songs and those of her ancestors to guide her life. What ensues is love It's also the book of distance, unbearable loneliness, and death. This story isn't quite real, but it is utterly compelling.
The story is something between a parable and a fantasy, with inexplicable A beautiful girl leaves her parents' home to meet her future husband, taking her songs and those of her ancestors to guide her life. The story is something between a parable and a fantasy, with inexplicable powers and invisible forces.
It's a story that grips the reader closely, making you watch the characters and the forest and the moonlight and the monsoon, an experience as close to "real" as anything I've read, an experience paralleled, possibly, by watching a 3-D Imax theater with all of the sensory effects of a steamy Indian life. The experience of reading this book is similar to reading Garcia-Marquez for the first time, and, when characters do things that are uncomfortable and inappropriate, I watched from inches away and, at the same time, somehow "owned" the actions and words as if they were my own.
While the ending is less powerful than the rest of the book a shift from experience to explanation , this is one of the most sumptuous, passionate books I've ever read. Not to be missed. Nov 29, Vanya rated it really liked it. The Last Song of Dusk by Siddharth Shanghvi is a tale soaked in melancholy and wrapped as a tragedy, written with the objective of ripping your heart out and shredding it into pieces.
It starts with the bewitching Anuradha, whose songs caused even the moon to listen, leaving Udaipur to meet her prospective husband, Vardhmaan in Bombay. It The Last Song of Dusk by Siddharth Shanghvi is a tale soaked in melancholy and wrapped as a tragedy, written with the objective of ripping your heart out and shredding it into pieces. It is a match and the two tie the knot. The two are bestowed a blissful blessing in the form of Mohan, their first child, the prodigy who sings, just like his mother, even before he reaches the age of two.
Their happiness is, however, ephemeral as an unspeakable calamity hits them forcing the two to separate. Anuradha and Vardhmaan are reunited but it is evident that their relationship has irrevocably altered. Vardhmaan no longer tells the stories that caused Anuradha to fall in love with him and even the news of a second child, Shloka, is unable to restore the joy that previously existed in their companionship. The house mirrors the grief that the two carry within themselves, trudging through a life that awards them no mercy.
Nandini is an orphaned young painter who wants to contrive her way to the renowned painter Khalil Muratta in order to enter the world of biggies and have access to resources which would otherwise be inaccessible to a girl of her age and background.
The book has luscious prose steeped in both the sensual and the sexual. Mar 04, Vikalp Trivedi rated it really liked it Shelves: This debut novel of Siddarth Dhanvant Sanghvi starts as a fairy tale story between two wonderful characters - Vardhamaan and Anuradha.
The novel proceeds very swiftly and really like a fairy tale romance. Until , the life happens. Story takes a twist and never becomes back again what it used to be. All characters were wonderfully build up and had their unique presence and impact on the story.
The prose , This debut novel of Siddarth Dhanvant Sanghvi starts as a fairy tale story between two wonderful characters - Vardhamaan and Anuradha. The prose , language and writing were rich , lucid and and was almost in poems. The another wonderful things were the situation building , description of events and humor going throughout the book.
A very big change in the story occurs when the character of Nandini Hariharan was introduced and later become a pivotal part of the story.
But I think the problem with the story started here. The character of Nandini was drawn very strongly that it dominates the entire story and gradually takes over the entire story. The Vardhamaan-Anuradha story becomes like a sub-plot , and while building the Nandini angle , the Vardhamaan-Anuradha angle starts crumbling towards the end, and hence the story starts loosing the balance.
The character of Vardhamaan almost disappears towards the end. Despite these shortcomings the author successfully given closure to each and every character and also a very poetic end to the story. A Very Compelling Read. Feb 05, Rhea Roy rated it really liked it. There is a wicked step mother, a haunted house, a parrot that mouths obscenities, a young girl who comes from a linage of women who have supposedly copulated with leopards in the past, a handsome prince and a beautiful princess.
Despite the surreal characters and story, The Last Song of the Dusk doesn't border on bizarre or seem fairy tale like-ish. The magical abilities of the characters is something that that author probably doesn't want his readers to take just too literally. They merely prov There is a wicked step mother, a haunted house, a parrot that mouths obscenities, a young girl who comes from a linage of women who have supposedly copulated with leopards in the past, a handsome prince and a beautiful princess.
They merely provide the background score, adding to the nuances that the characters display. Nandini's walking on water, Anuradha's songs and Vardhmaan's captivating story telling- these are all traits that make you imagine the characters in some ways. For eg. Much had been written about Sanghvi's use of vocabulary. Many might think its too boisterous. Many think that in the process to underline his grasp over the language, he has used flashy words which could have been expressed in a simpler way.
In certain places I too fell the same, but over all I think Sanghvi manages to tie in the words well to create a style of prose that is highly subject to individual perceptions. Sep 20, Nandaja added it. I am not sure how I actually liked this book. All I can say is after certain portions, I couldn't keep the book down maybe because the burden was just too unbearable. Extremely well written. I did adore every single line and passage in the book.
But still I don't know how to rate this one, whether I liked it or not. So leaving it unrated. Easily one of the best books I've ever read, the author combines history and fantasy so seamlessly. Publisher New York: Arcade Pub.
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Contributor Internet Archive. Language English. Anuradha Patwardhan, a legendary beauty in s India, marries handsome and well-to-do doctor Vardhmaan, but their married years are challenged by the death of their child and the arrival of a mysterious girl.
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