A Casual Brutality ) sets his latest novel, in which a naïve rich boy takes a job as a schoolteacher, in a place "where quest"/>

The Unyielding Clamor of the Night

Neil Bissoondath, Author . Bloomsbury $24.95 (352p) ISBN 978-1-59691-197-0

Veteran author Bissoondath (A Casual Brutality ) sets his latest novel, in which a naïve rich boy takes a job as a schoolteacher, in a place "where questions have no answers" and turns in a solid bildungsroman. Twenty-one-year-old Arun, bearing a prosthetic leg and a genuine desire to help the disadvantaged, travels from the capital of his Southeast Asian island nation to the poor southern war-torn city of Omeara, a town full of rikshas known as "two percenters," for the slim chance they have of escaping poverty. Amid the violent conflict between the army and the insurgent boys, Arun's classes are populated with only those children whose injuries keep them from helping with the harvest. Through his relationships with a taciturn butcher, Jaisaram; Jaisaram's bibliophile daughter, Anjani; and others in the town and the army camp, Arun learns he has less in common with the northern-born soldiers than he does with the town's poor inhabitants—scared, uncertain and extremely vulnerable, "like a fish enmeshed in a net." Though a reader might know from the start where Arun's journey will lead him, Bissoondath's narrative, studded with hard kernels of moral ambiguity and a shocking, open-ended conclusion, still has the power to haunt. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 03/27/2006
Release date: 00/00/0000
Show other formats
FORMATS
Open Ebook - 272 pages - 978-1-59691-901-3
Open Ebook - 368 pages - 978-1-59691-971-6
Hardcover - 350 pages - 978-1-896951-87-4
Hardcover - 264 pages - 978-1-59691-192-5
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.