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by R. Bhattacharya

Author: R. Bhattacharya
Language: English
Publisher: Picador Books; Indian ed edition (June 28, 2011)
Pages: 280 pages
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Rating: 4.6
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In the opening paragraph of Rahul Bhattacharya’s first novel, The Sly Company of People Who Care, the unnamed narrator, a former cricket journalist from India, declares his intentions for his life, and thus his story - to be a wanderer, or in his words, a slow ramblin’ stranger.

In the opening paragraph of Rahul Bhattacharya’s first novel, The Sly Company of People Who Care, the unnamed narrator, a former cricket journalist from India, declares his intentions for his life, and thus his story - to be a wanderer, or in his words, a slow ramblin’ stranger.

Bhattacharya's novel celebrates the creative genius of the Guyanese, whether it be the mud they moved or the creole .

It has won the region two Nobel prizes for literature

I should say I was not wholly unprepared for it. I had described our meeting to Uncle Lance and friends, attaching to it a strange spiritual dimension. Now Guyanese are born sceptics.

I should say I was not wholly unprepared for it. ts were either forced or tricked into coming here, and thereafter white man, black man and brown man had each scamped the hell out of them. To take things at face value was considered the most basic weakness. So they laughed when I told them about the suffering murderer and the terrible burden he carried in the vagrant streets. More so when I showed them the plastic pebble.

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Bhattacharya displays an artful handling of his own narrative. The tributaries of stories open up into the main swell of narrative.

The Sly Company of People Who Care. WINNER OF THE ONDAATJE PRIZE 2012 WINNER OF THE HINDU LITERARY PRIZE 2011 SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN ASIAN LITERARY PRIZE 2011 A twenty-six-year-old Indian journalist decides to give up his job and travel to Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. But he is not just seduced by the country: he is also captivated by the feisty yet fragile Jan, and together they embark on an adventure which will take them into a new country and change both their lives

His narrator has a charming, confident voice that engages instantly, and his descriptions of landscapes and people are ravishing.

A young man from India leaves behind his job and the deadness of life, improbably, to go and live in Guyana. A raw, mesmerising country, open and slack, it is a place of freedoms. Here one day, footloose in drenched wooden Georgetown, he meets Baby, a diamond hunter. So begins a remarkable adventure. Through coastland and savannah, in dark rainforest and hustling town, amid laughter and lethargy, he travels a world entirely different from India. And yet, he begins to note that the departure from home can be ridden with complications. Even as he grasps the desperation of this forgotten place the descendants of African slaves and Indian labourers brought to Guyana by colonialists, hobbled by their circumstance he encounters the feisty, alluringjan. Though never really sure of each other, they embark on a journey that will take them far into a new country and change both their lives.