Fireflies

Fireflies Fireflies tells the story of Trinidad s most venerated Hindu family the Khojas Rigidly orthodox presiding over acres of ill kept sugarcane and hoards of jewellery enthusiastically guarded by old Mrs

  • Title: Fireflies
  • Author: Shiva Naipaul
  • ISBN: 9780140188240
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fireflies tells the story of Trinidad s most venerated Hindu family, the Khojas Rigidly orthodox, presiding over acres of ill kept sugarcane and hoards of jewellery enthusiastically guarded by old Mrs Khoja, they seem to have triumphed by default than by anything else Only Baby Khoja, who is parcelled off into an arranged marriage with a bus driver, proves an excFireflies tells the story of Trinidad s most venerated Hindu family, the Khojas Rigidly orthodox, presiding over acres of ill kept sugarcane and hoards of jewellery enthusiastically guarded by old Mrs Khoja, they seem to have triumphed by default than by anything else Only Baby Khoja, who is parcelled off into an arranged marriage with a bus driver, proves an exception to this rule She is the heroine, and her story the single gleaming thread in Shiva Naipaul s ferociously comic and profoundly sad first novel.

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    1. I waited a long time to write the review of this book as I struggled to find anything meaningful in my own response to it.The Khojas are The preeminent Indian family in Trinidad, not least in their own estimation, and the story starts with a minor family member being parceled out in an arranged marriage to a bus driver and then follows her life over the years. Published by VS Naipul's younger brother Shiva in 1970, the book garnered a certain amount of acclaim and then was "rediscovered" more re [...]

    2. After reading 4-5 books, I always dive back into a classic. The slow pace of the story, the deeper meaning of words, the grey areas where characters seek their energy, a classic has the power to take away all the heaviness. Last month, I picked up Fireflies by Shiva Naipaul as my classic, and I must say it was a complete roller coaster ride of emotions. From the characters to the situations they were pushed into, I was completely engrossed into it.The story of Fireflies revolves around Trinidad' [...]

    3. This is an all and all family saga. One would have just find it boring had it not been brilliantly written by Shiva Naipaul. He has made a very ordinary story otherwise into a master piece. Story of Khoja family in Trinidad. In its wholeness, it is a very sad story where nothing seems to be going right for any character in it. Still it is remarkably funny and witty. This narrative style takes it to different level of delightful reading. What a life Baby ( the central character here ) had to deal [...]

    4. Another gem on my bookshelf. I loved the pace of this book, it's well-defined characters (in particular the strong will-powered Mrs Lutchman) and their hopes and despairs and attempts at finding (and holding on to) identities in a changing world. There are funny moments, moments when you want to rip your hair out (and give Mr Koja or Romesh a good slap in the face!) and moments when you'll struggle to hold a tear back. There were definitely some surprises on the way, but not wanting to add any s [...]

    5. This was between 3 and 4 stars. Three because at some points it was really boring and slow. but 4 because the characters were really endearing and I appreciated their growth and commentaries on their lives.

    6. I wonder if it will be for everyone (out of print, I believe), but I love this novel just as much as I love his candid and cantankerous travel writing.

    7. In this book we observe the inner workings of the Khoja Clan, one of Trinidad’s wealthiest and most traditional Hindu families , ruled with an iron and extremely stingy fist by old Mrs. Khoja who mercilessly marries off her 6 daughters to get rid of as many mouths to feed as possible. While prominent and rich, the Khojas are also backward, orthodox, semi-educated and proud of it.When the matriarch dies, power is handed down to her son Govind who doesn’t share the inheritance equitably. The C [...]

    8. Before seeing it on a friend's bookshelf, I wasn't aware of the existence of Shiva Naipaul. Which is a damn shame. V.S.' young brother is very much a skilled writer in his own right, particularly considering the fact that "Fireflies" is a debut.The author clearly harbours no pretenses regarding the story and plot, which are, quite deliberately, rather mundane. Fireflies follows the life of Vimla, aka Baby, a minor member in the accidentally wealthy and powerful Khoja family, the preeminent Hindu [...]

    9. The Khojas are the 'big fish' in the small pond of Trinidad's Hindu community, jealously maintaining their position as their fortunes slowly decline. Fireflies is the story of 'Baby' Khoja, married off to a bus driver, making her own path through life with a determination that her family regards as mere stubbornness. This is an amazing read, the straightforward style is deceptive, as this story is both savagely comic and deeply poignant. The characters are endearing and infuriating, and family r [...]

    10. I'd never heard of this book or author prior to picking it out at the library but I'm so glad I chose to read it. At times touching and at others infuriating, it was a brilliant novel. The characters weren't necessarily likable but their realness made them endearing and kept me hooked on the story. The dialogue between them cracked me up, though of course the way they were prone to treating one another was really sad. A couple of chapters dragged and I was a little confused by the Khoja family t [...]

    11. In this first novel by the younger brother of V.S. Naipaul we follow an established Hindu family in Trinidad through the eyes of a marginal member (Baby Lutchman) who is married off to an outsider. While at first Baby's husband seems to be the novel's unsympathetic protagonist, it's actually Baby's story: the arc of her marriage, the rise and fall of her financial security, her sons' failure to succeed in straightforward wayThere are no great tragedies and no incredible victories in this novel. [...]

    12. * 1000 novels everyone must read: the definitive listSelected by the Guardian's Review team and a panel of expert judges, this list includes only novels – no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems – from any decade and in any language. Originally published in thematic supplements – love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel – they appear here for the first time in a single list.

    13. Fireflies is an immediately gripping story with irresistible characters and an insight into all of their complex identities. Naipaul addresses important and intensely complex aspects of post-colonial literature- such as fate, individualism, tradition and modernisation- but still manages to maintain a fluent and unconstrained style of writing.

    14. This is like one of the strangest ways of writing I have ever come across. The characters are supposed to be based in Trinidad and suddenly you find references of Kolkata like places living you wondering whether you are loosing it!

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