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Ardashir Vakil was born in Bombay and now lives in London. Ardashir Vakil’s award-winning first novel, Beach Boy (), is Bombay’s answer to James. Marrying a universal story (an adolescent boy’s coming-of-age) with a specific locale (India in the s), Indian writer Vakil has produced a charming and. Beach Boy by Ardashir Vakil – book cover, description, publication history.

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Jan 08, Kris rated it it was ok. The author has done a splendid job of this tale as a first-time publication of a novel. Still, to some these qualities are endearing—especially to the Maharani living with her adopted daughters in the crumbling mansion next door. Rushdie, who knows an authentic voice when he hears one, has excerpted Beach Boy in his new anthology of the most brilliant Indian writing of the past 50 years bewch his bach Vakil’s native country gained independence in We watch the protagonist come of hoy through this story, which sometimes feels choppy – another nod to the bewildering world in which he is surrounded by a diverse range of beacj characters.

He’s a big movie buff and arrdashir to bombay’s theaters to watch movies on atdashir own,he talks about his love to watch movies in dark theaters amidst so many people all coming from several parts of the city,he describes the snacks and meals served in the theater. Here,Cyrus develops some kind of harshness in his attitude for his dad as he comes to beac of his infidelity with his mom. Oct 01, bex rated it really liked it Shelves: The neglect of his wealthy parents towards him and his childhood presents him with many opportunities to discover his life with his neighbours and friends and essentially it gives the story many colorful characters who are as wonderful and as diverse as the cosmopolitan populace of Bombay itself.

Return to Book Page. By the end of the novel, great sorrow will come to the Readymoneys, and Cyrus will confront a harsher world. Vakil’s storytelling was beautiful and quite tender. Two stars looks really mean, but, I did think it was only “ok”. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Gave me a glimpse of Bombay of a long time ago and grapic details of the lives of Parsi and non- from the time.


Also has a tedious tennis section. As Eleanor Byrne described it in The Independent: Krishnan, a thundering but lovable Communist.

He feels no guilt about his family’s wealth in a city of grinding poverty, and his closest adult friend is a holdover from the Imperial regime, an eccentric and brilliantly evoked maharani.

As Leo Benedictus wrote of the novel in The Observer: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His first novel, Beach Boycharts the adventures of 8-year old Cyrus Readymoney who lives in Bombay.

Entertaining enough, but not one of my favorites. I want to just read One Day is one of the cleverest pieces of new writing that “people like us” will see this year. BookPage review by Randall Curb. She takes him under her wing at a time when Cyrus is already lusting for her daughter Meera, giving him the close contact he had only dreamed about previously. Biography Ardashir Vakil was born in Bombay and now lives in London. I feel like I went to school with Cyrus Readymoney in fact, I may havewhich contributed in no small way to my enjoyment of this book.

I liked the descriptions of food, little details of life in a few different places in India, mainly Bombay, but, I just never engaged with the narrator, and found it hard to convince myself he was an eight year old boy.

Maybe it was because I found the ending a bit flat, it just all sort of petered out. Beeach review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Some nice little scenes, but they don’t add up to much. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Like Truffaut, Vakil lets the story unfold through character and incident, not formal plot. Highly recommended reading for anyone who likes Indian fiction. Cyrus gives us a compelling, richly detailed account of his struggles with family, the interactions with his neighbors, and the frenz I feel like I went to school with Cyrus Readymoney in fact, I may havewhich contributed in no ardashif way to my enjoyment noy this book.

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I could put it down and not think about it or care about it for weeks. Nothing really happens and the story is so fluid that I didn’t get emotionally attached to the characters, but the descriptions and the atmosphere are beautiful and truly evocative.


Then,he goes to a vacation with Krishnan family and while vacationing comes to know about his Father’s illness. Cyrus loves to eat, and one of the richest pleasures of the book is in vicarious feasting. Paperbackpages.

Beach Boy is a intriguing story about a young boy living in india. This book does the chaos of Bombay tremendous justice – it encapsulates the melodramatic and likely dubious quality of growing up surrounded by so many people with flair and humour.

Seemed like a complicated book with relationship ups and downs with small erotic accounting casually thrown here and there. That’s not typical for me.

The Good old Bombay of ‘s,when the city’s identity wasn’t changed to the present day Mumbai, when the names of roads and streets were as old as city itself.

A poignantly autobiographical work of fiction, it centres upon Cyrus Readymoney, a privileged Parsi boy, and his formative years at a strict Jesuit school during a period of family turmoil and crisis. Cyrus est un personnage des plus attachants, inoubliable. BombayIndia. We will keep your information for a period of 7 years from the time of collection.

The best part of the book by far is the lovingly-described, delicious sounding street foods of s Bombay. I started reading it in mid September and didn’t finish until the end of February!

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Hadn’t heard of the book. The boy relizes things aren’t as good as he thaught them to be. The novel goes on to focus on ardqshir psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from childhood to adulthood in which the character of Cyrus changes from being an 8 year old to a 10 yr old boy.