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Akhil Sharma

Autor(a) de Family Life

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About the Author

Akhil Sharma was born on July 22, 1971 in Delhi, India. He immigrated to the United States when he was eight, and grew up in Edison, New Jersey. He received a B.A. in public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He then won a Stegner Fellowship to the writing program at mostrar mais Stanford University, where he won several O. Henry Prizes. Sharma is an assistant professor in the creative writing MFA program at Rutgers University-Newark. He has published stories in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Quarterly, Fiction, the Best American Short Stories anthology, and the O. Henry Award Winners anthology. His short story Cosmopolitan was anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 1998 and was made into a 2003 film of the same name, which has appeared on the PBS series Independent Lens. His novels include An Obedient Father and Family Life, which won the 2015 Folio Prize and the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Akhil Sharma

Family Life (2014) 548 exemplares
An Obedient Father (2000) 383 exemplares
A Life of Adventure and Delight (2017) 95 exemplares
Cosmopolitan (2019) 9 exemplares
I am A failure (2017) 3 exemplares

Associated Works

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (2005) — Contribuidor — 1,216 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2002 (2002) — Contribuidor — 463 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1998 (1998) — Contribuidor — 405 exemplares
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (2015) — Contribuidor — 286 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996) — Contribuidor — 247 exemplares
Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists 2 (2007) — Contribuidor — 196 exemplares
Coming of Age in the 21st Century: Growing Up in America Today (2008) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
At the Edge of the Wood (Keshiki) (2017) — Prefácio, algumas edições16 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



An Obedient Father by Akhil Sharma is a story set in India during the time of the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rayiv Gandhi in 1991, it is centred upon the life of a corrupt civil servant who we soon realize is a loathsome creature who, having molested his own daughter many years ago is now looking at his twelve year old granddaughter. This is a man who is so self-centred that he doesn’t think about anything other than what he wants. I seriously considered abandoning this book, but it was very well written and the parts that were about his extorting money and collecting bribes drew me in, also I read with the hope that his daughter’s rage and hatred would be unleashed upon him.

The story is full of misery, but the author paints a vivid picture of daily life in poverty-stricken Delhi and the main character, loathsome as he is, does show some depth and intelligence. An Obedient Father was a difficult read due to the subject matter but like driving past a car accident, it was almost impossible to look away. Although written in a light conversational tone, this is a book that is raw and uncompromising as it tells the story of a man’s inner conflict and base desires. The political corruption that it exposes seems quite tame in contrast.
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DeltaQueen50 | 9 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2023 |
Here's what I wrote in 2008 about this read: "I really should have remembered a lot about this book, for there is a lot to it. Recalled after reading online reviews; one example - 'Sharma's depiction of a society riddled with graft, violent religious prejudice, male chauvinism and bigoted cultural attitudes is a cautionary tale about what happens to the individual spirit when poverty, superstition, racial tension and general hopelessness are exacerbated by the absence of judicial morality. This caustic yet darkly comic story resonates powerfully, as the reader comes to sympathize with fallible human beings trapped in circumstances that corrupt the soul.' "… (mais)
MGADMJK | 9 outras críticas | Mar 2, 2023 |
Funny and sad growing-up story of a boy who has moved from India to NJ with his family.
steve02476 | 25 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2023 |
A beautiful and hard book. A rare example for me where knowing why/how he wrote it expanded my understanding and appreciation. The chapter on him using Hemingway to write is fascinating. The complexities of his relationships with his parents and brother are rich and brutal. His creation of self is fascinating. I came to this book having read an excerpt years ago in the New Yorker; it stuck with me. The book will stick with me even more.
eas7788 | 25 outras críticas | Aug 17, 2022 |



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