Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Review: The Amazing Racist: Chhimi Tenduf-La



The Amazing Racist, by Chhimi Tenduf-La is a novel about love, for laughs, for literature, angry, elegiac and rough and is the fruit of a writer sagacious in top with so much irony but also a bitter reflection on modern society that the author showcases with a good dose of humour with the astute reader cannot escape the important messages passed by the author.

Eddie Trusted, an English school teacher in Colombo, wants to spend his years with Menaka Rupasinghe, an effervescent Sri Lankan beauty, but as with all matters of the heart, there’s an impediment in Thilak Rupasinghe, her conformist terror of a father, whom he must entice as Thilak wants his daughter to tie the knot with somebody of the matching race, creed and social group, and if possible from the same neighbourhood.

In a frantic bid to craft his vision a reality, Eddie tries to bond with Thilak in other ways eating hot spicy curries, breaking signals in drunken condition, bullying co-workers with sadism, as well as sleeping with snakes with his enough complicated life is further enlivened by an unexpected and unbelievable reality and many others, will reason with us of his life, his loves and affection, making us think, smile, and have fun.

The protagonist is one that reflects on what happens to him, laugh at himself and take things with a certain lightness but not superficially with the triggering situation of the protagonist is paradoxical but basically extreme actualities all without self-pity, who is simply aware of his limitations which make him instinctively sympathetic.

The narrative style is sublime, where you find yourself laughing out loud imagining the adventures of Eddie who is ironic, intelligent, attractive, simple and thoughtful at the same time, who captures the surreal and grotesque moments with the themes of contour are not very different from the little big problems that everyone faces daily of work, love, family, a sense of justice, all dealt with some irony and a touch of impulsiveness.

Around the main story, the protagonist enters a series of reflections and anecdotes often amusing, especially when put in writing the thoughts without brakes next to the words with the book is not devoid of ideas for a serious reflection on society, and influence of the family in our lives and in the same way, conjectures that the protagonist interleave continuously to the facts narrated are so simple and reading them everyday that you can not help but think, it's true!

In the book is represented reflections on the existence, on pain of living and the role of man in society and states, in fact, impossible to achieve in any solution to the crisis involving upsets and individuals, the social fabric and institutions, photographing the reality, and denouncing it socially.

The realism of the author, however, deviates from the themes of realism and, there is an external analysis of the characters and situations, full of special idealism, while the characters lives are really unique, diverse and multifaceted, all prisoners of an illusory and incoherent world, a world in which the futility and misery of their lives appear as the only basic scenario which winds through the human story, perceived, however, differently depending on the observer.

Eddie feels the inauthentic social relations and rejects the forms and hypocrisies imposed by society, who is always placed in paradoxical situations, revealing the contradictory nature of human existence and lives the promiscuity, with the writer throws it to him in the face the, empty ideals and culture, which creates anguish, anxiety, and overwhelm, the one who looks at others live and himself from the outside with a humorous attitude in a perspective of self-estrangement.

The author interprets the original decadent atmosphere, drawing from the experience of his time suggestions for clear analysis and bitter reality of nature but if for some reason its position is part of what is usually called decadent, in other respects expressionism he has already passed with the author analyzes not only the more humble working characters, but also, with its neuroses, and frustrations, where causality and chaos on the other perceives disintegration and fragmentation.

The book presents a vision so exclusively subjective affair, a vision that denies the reality if not cultured with that particular perception the realistic rationality no longer exists, for each person exists, thus, a personal vision of reality. This situation forces the reader to a personification with the protagonist, and the subsequent effort to get out of this state of symbiosis.

The character of Eddie is really well built sly, tragicomic and verging on the ridiculous and Succeeds in a thriller like to find the funny and curious side and the style of this self-analysis, common to many other works, deftly mixes theatrical elements and syntax close to morality, to restore the image of contemporary identity.

With a timely humorous touch very consistent with the rest of the book and the constant reflection on the double that dwells in the lives of all of us, as also demonstrate, Eddie who tried to escape social conventions assume a new identity happier, very temporary and precarious.

The book is thus to be based on some core concepts of vitalism and chaos of life, never either static nor homogeneous, but consists of an incessant transformation from one state to another where life is, ultimately, an irreconcilable contradiction and it is chaos, while men are desperate to secure the stable forms, but the fracture is so irreconcilable.



Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 240 ♥ Publisher: Hachette India ♥ Published: January 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9350099124
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