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    Now deservedly shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize alongside the outstanding shortlist for the 2017 Republ

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    NOW DESERVEDLY THE WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE TO FOLLOW ITS SHORTLISING FOR THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE for which I was a judge Galley Beggar Press is a small publisher responsible which aims to produce and support beautiful books and a vibrant eclectic risk taking range of literature and which declares an aim to publish b

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    Update 21618 Now the well deserved winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 Congratulations to Preti Taneja and all at Galley Beggar This vibrant epic ambitious transplantation of King Lear to modern India is by far the longest book on the Republic of Consciousness Prize shortlist and looks a potential winner Taneja keeps the essential elements of the familiar Shakespeare version of the story in place but allows herself plenty of

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    We That Are Young has a feel to it that's not dissimilar to Salman Rushdie's recent 2017 novel The Golden House That's praise Both novels ultimately revolve around a big figure a patriarch who is revealed to be rather less worthy of the adulation that his status and visibility might indicate Preti Taneja's Devraj Bapuji to Rushdie'

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    This should have been right smack dab in my wheelhouse given my penchant for both Indian lit and Shakespeare it's a modern retelling of Lear but I must say despite some gorgeous prose I found it for the most part rather tedious and almost gave up halfway through In need of much judicious editing the inciting in

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    A modern day re telling of King Lear 'We Are That Young' is a brilliant exploration of greed corruption and vice in modern India The novel follows the aristocrat cum royal family of Devraj; a patriarch whose puissance dissolves once he cedes ownership of his company to his elder daughters Garghi and Radha only to rise ephemerally like a phoenix in a haze of self righteous indignation against the corruption inherent in the company

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    I've picked up this book as it received a lot of positive reviews here and has won Desmond Elliot prize for the first novel

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    We that are young by Preti Taneja is a fabulous reworking of King Lear Having enjoyed a number of adaptations of

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    A great book can be great at different levels but a bad one doesn’t have that luxury Mislaid by all the hype and praise from western critics made me pick up this book Probably this is the worst book I read in a long time Pathetic plotting miserable attempt at adapting King Lear in Indian context lack of real knowledge on the subcontinent is so evident I got migraine by constant feel of something getting dr

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We That Are Young

Napurthala to Srinagar Kashmir Told in astonishing prose – a great torrent of words and imagery – We that are young is a modern day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce beautifully measured rage Set against the backdrop of the anti corruption protests in 2011–2012 it provides startling insights into modern India the clash of youth and age the hectic pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies – and the ever present spectre of death More than that this is a novel about the human heart And its breaking poin. I ve picked up this book as it received a lot of positive reviews here and has won Desmond Elliot prize for the first novel I have to admit I was somewhat underwhelmed The author models her book on King Lear and sets it in the modern day India In general 2018 was the year of classic retelling by the modern authors in English language I am not big fan of the idea though of course I admit that all the literature in a way is the retelling of the books written before At this case as well I felt uite ambivalent about King s Lear plot and may be if I would not know about this fact I would appreciate the book Broadly she picks up the prototypes of the five young characters from the play and studies them Lets start with the positives the language at the beginning of the book felt energetic and fresh She uses the present tense throughout and that helps her builds up pace It worked for the first 100 pages or so But unfortunately later it has become somewhat monotonic And at the sentence s level she is not always careful We can get this She rises Her blood is telling her to run her head to stay and force answers Her heart wants Gargi and Radha her hands need to hold theirs I was happy not to know what her legs stomach and other body parts wanted at that minute as the list could go on her villains are much ambiguous in their motivations than in the original play and a bit likeable Especially it applies to the two older sisters and Jivan Edmund So it leaves the reader a space for contemplation However if someone reads this book without knowledge of the original play this advantage would probably fade sense of place I am struggling with this one a bit For the first 3 out of the 6 parts of the book I did not feel any sense of place it could be anywhere in spite of numerous untranslated dialogue incepts in Hindu And that was a bit frustrating as I wanted to know about India However it has changed in the last parts The part set inside a slum was the best in my opinionNow negatives unfortunately it suffers from those pitfalls of the first novels too long too disjointed and not adeuately resolved I would want to know what happened at the end to the all of 5 main characters Of course I ve got Shakespeare for that But standalone the author has left a lot of ends loose Also some strange subplot with the poisoned apple has resurfaced in the last few pages Why I did not have a feeling it worked as a whole As I mentioned the book consists of 5 separate parts told on behalf of the one of the five young characters It is written in a third person The dialogue is often contrived and basic Each of these parts looks like a character study The interaction with the rest of the story mainly happens through the King Lier s plot So the feeling is that a certain new character is appearing on the scene and then dropped back into the darkness I found it very irritating as the characters do not work with each other Out of 5 the two parts were uite successful as stand alone novellas And I hardly could care for another 3 I was only frustrated and not intrested when Sita Cordelia was introduced and very briefly at that in the last part of the book for the first time while again the rest of the cast have fallen into the shadows This is while in theory Sita would have a fantastic potential as a character as she was so different from the rest of the family this novel should be nominated for the bad sex award The sex scenes and fantasies fortunately not numerous were really off putting ones and made me wince which is really rare India has appeared very stereotypical out of the book the young nation and the young democracy with the huge ineuality One does not need to read this book for this I did not get what Taneja thinks about itOverall Deborah Levi is saying on the blurb that Taneja is the writer to watch and I agree with that But in hindsight I d rather spend my time elsewhere than reading this book 540 pages in spite of some really good parts of it2 stars plus 1 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The story of a billionaire family dynasty led by a gold plated madman stewed in corruption mired in violence riven by infighting deception and lies The resonances will be there for anyone who knows King Lear not to mention anyone struggling to come to terms with the new world order from the rise of the religious right wing in India to the Trump dynasty in the United States This is not just Shakespeare repurposed for our times – it’s a novel that urgently matters in 2017 and which will resonate for years to come Jivan Singh the bastard. Now deservedly shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize alongside the outstanding shortlist for the 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize for gorgeous prose and hardcore literary fiction from small independent presses Edgar The weight of this sad time we must obeySpeak what we feel not what we ought to sayThe oldest hath borne most We that are youngShall never see so much nor live so long King Lear Act 5 Scene 3 Postscript to my review Disappointed this missed out on the Booker particularly to Arundhati Roy s messy The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Taneja s novel refutes Roy s claim via one of her characters that it in Kashmir there is too much blood for good literature However delighted to see the favourable coverage in the Sunday Times thetimes2waJwdF one of the year s most original novels an exuisite retelling of King Lear set in modern New Delhi Revelatory urgent and irresistible Preti Taneja s We That Are Young is King Lear reinterpreted for the 21st Century and relocated to India It is published by the wonderful Galley Beggar Press the press that published A Girl Is a Half formed Thing who published the most strikingly original novel I read in 2016 Forbidden Line and whose admirable self declared mission is to produce and support beautiful books and a vibrant eclectic risk taking range of literature books that really are hardcore literary fiction and gorgeous prose The last lines of King Lear and the title of this novel link with India the world s largest democracy also being cited as the world s youngest nation The ILO report that two thirds of the population are under the age of 35 Perhaps pertinently for the country s economic development the Indian government s own projections have the country in 2020 with an average age of 29 and a demographic bulge of 64% of its population in the working age group of 15 59 Taneja s wonderful transposition of Lear not only pays tribute to and increases our appreciation of Shakespeare s original but creates a memorable and revealing portrait of this modern India She also manages beautifully the difficult task of largely following a well known and pre established plot and cast of characters but at the same time creating an intriguing complex but highly absorbing story of her own King Lear becomes Devraj Bapuji billionaire owner of the Devraj Company a ubiuitous conglomerateAs the novel opens his youngest and favourite daughter Sita the Cordelia character has just returned to India having graduated from CambridgeDevraj announces his desire to split his 60% shareholding in the Company between Sita and her two older sisters Gargu Goneril married to the rather passive Surenda Albany and Radha Regan married to the much ambituous Bubu CornwallBut asked to express their gratitude for Devraj s gift Sita as Cordelia declines to join in her sisters flatteryPapaji mujhe kuch nahi bolna hai she says she holds up her empty hands there is nothing but air in between Father respectfully I don t want to say anything Cordelia Nothing my LordKing Lear Act 1 Scene 1 At the same time Jivan Edmund the illegitimate son of Devraj s right hand man Ranjit Singh Gloucester has returned from the United States after his s mother death Jivan was Ranjit s favourite and a playchild of Devraj s daughters but was sent almost exiled with his mother 15 years ago to America when his illegitimacy became an embarrassment Jivan s initial impressions of a Dehli he has not seen for 15 years an India that has become younger as he has become older set the scene for the novel s early acts He can make out flyovers strewn like necklaces across the city jewelled with billboards promising reincarnation in this life and ways to afford it because it must be achieved There will be ads for new cars mobiles modified milk for bachchas bone strength and protein powder for abs ads for Company hotels full of romance for new detergents and washing machines For flour to make perfect chapattis pictures of fat young execs and good Indian girls promising hot married sex with their homemade bread Now they are cruising over acres of flat white rooftops dotted with satellite dishes hundreds of ears all listening for his arrival The movement of the Bentley its preserved hush As if Jivan is back in the crematorium watching the coffin glide towards the incinerator He has to have a short brutal battle with the lump in his throat The cold air makes him sniff Only girls get sick sick The last thing Ranjit said to him before he was put in the car and sent to America Jivan sniffs again His father and Kritik Sahib do not look at him The sounds from the road are muted the car windows frame and colour everything sepia Scenes from old India reel out before him comforting after the airport A sabzji wala shambles down the lane his cart loaded with wrinkled root vegetables dug up from centuries ago whole families stacked onto mopeds eight legs dangling over the sides There are women balancing bricks and bundles walking barefoot on the broken sidewalks Half naked children grin to each other as they clean their teeth with dirty fingers their hair in helmets of crazy around their heads All of it seen as if from far far away punctuated by Mercedes and 4x4s Toyota Honda all the big boys Jivan takes in these shining beasts as visions from a future possible at the same time he wants to shout freeze frame He s thinking How long has the party been going on Why didn t you invite me There are even new buses with doors that fully close But the trucks still say Horn Please in fading yellows and pinks and everyone still drives as if they don t need sight There are still a few white cows standing dumb as temple paintings white against red walls this at least has not changed Jivan immediately sets out to undermine the relationship between Ranjit and his one legitimate son Jeet Edgar a homosexual in a country where this has only just been legalised and was soon to be criminalised once again Jeet flees his privileged life and reinvents himself as Rudra Poor Tom a Naph seer living in a slum set around a large rubbish dump in the shadow to one of the Company s luxury hotels Other key characters include Devraj s Hundred Lear s hundred servants a cadre of selected young high fliers from the Company but whose riotous behaviour displeases Gargu and Radha the sinister and violent Uppal Oswald Gargu s chief of staff Kritik Singh Kent the Company s Head of Security second only to Ranjit in influence but who is rapidly dismissed by Devraj when he argues against his decision to disinherit Sita Kritik s own 2nd in command Kashyap who fills the Caius role Taneja eschewing Shakespeare s rather implausible device of having Kent simply reappear in disguiseIndeed via Jivan s musing on Indian TV serials the author gets in what is hard not to see as a cheeky dig at Shakespeare s plotsJivan used to watch these hokey Indian serials on Star Plus TV sitting with Ma in the afternoons when he got in from school She loved them all the family dramas with cardboard villains and handsome heroes non stop cases of mistaken identity masters for servants good girls for bad Brothers disguised as each other lovingly beating sisters wives and mothers in law fighting over sons In the end the good would get rich and the bad were punished The lovers would be united with parental blessing kneeling for hands to be raised over their heads in benediction the parents would kneel and beg their children to bless them right back It was always happily ever after the end But Lear and this novel certainly don t have happily ever after ending Indeed We That Are Young is full of the brutal realities of 21st Century life the massive gap between the rich and poor the depths of poverty corruption drug abuse sexism homophobia religious and ethnic tensions and the tensions in Kashmir The role of the Fool is played by Devraj s elderly mother a Kashmiri Pandit whose mental health has never really recovered from the events of January 1990 when her husband and Devraj s wife were both killed in their home town of Srinigar in Kashmir As Sita in his view betrays him and his other two daughters move to seize control of the company Devraj starts to lose his own sanity Uppal reports to Gargi It is your father Gargi Ma am Oh God What now He went to the studio He ordered the women to stop packing Ten of the Hundred came with him and they took Sita Ma am wedding ladoos For cricketShe lets out a bark of shocked laughter Drips of Coke spill and settle on her hands like Bapuji s liver spots She licks them What Why are you not making sure he s not doing any nautanki Gargi Ma am this is not masti There are ladoo all over the lawn all over the jubilee garden Stuck on the rose bushes also You know this time I think he has truly gone mad Gargi installs herself in Devraj s place and his office replacing his own photos of himself meeting various world leaders Nehru Thatcher Bush Mrs Ghandi with one of the real world artist Dayanita Singh s Dream Villa photographs of a cityscapeDevraj undergoes a Damascene conversion to the cause of the very workers on whose labour and sacrifices he has built his empire and as the battle for control of the empire rages the scene moves from Dehli to Ranjit s luxury hotel Gloucester s castle in Amritsar and then the action converges back to Srinigar where the Company in violation of rules forbidding outsiders from owning property in Kashmir are building the ultimate luxury hotel initially inspired by Devraj wishing to reclaim his heritageThe part of Dover cliffs is played by Amarnath PeakThe novel is narrated in the third person but the perspective and focus shifts between the five main young characters from Jivan to Gargi Radha Jeet and Sita with interspersed first person rambling thoughts from the highly confused Devraj as he lies in the ruins of his former family home in Srinigar where the plot reaches its tragic denouement The device effectively combines a linear plotline with a circular narrative allowing us to appreciate rather than in the original each character s motivationsAnd Jeet echoes Edgar s closing speech with one of his ownWe that believe in India shining We that are the youngest the fastest the democracy the economy the global Super Power coming soon to a cinema near you we hum panch that are the five cousins of the five great rivers everybody our brother sister lover we that our divine the echo of the ancient heroes of the old time we that fight we that are hungry so so hungry we that are young We that our jigging on the brink of ruin we that are washed in the filth of corruption chaal so what Aise hi Hota hai we that are a force all that is natural slow death to Muslims gays chi chi women in their skin tights hai We that sit picnicking on the edge of our crumbling civilisation we that party with shots and shots shots as the world burns beneath us as the dog barks as the cockroaches crow as the old eat their young and the young whip their elders all wearing the birth marks of respect we that present only the shadow of ourselves behind our painted smiles we that protest for the right to drink whisky sours served to our beds at noon we that eat our beef with chopsticks we that twist tongues to suit our dear selves we that worship the ancient religion of Lakshmi of Shiva of wealth creation and ultimate destruction we that will be born strong in the next life and in a party that never ends we that are the future of this planet we that begin with this beloved India will endure yes it all belongs to us and we will eat it all All of it is ours we that our India and no longer slaves We that are youngHighly recommendedThanks to Galley Beggar for the ARC

SUMMARY ß eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Preti Taneja

Scion of the Devraj family returns to his childhood home after a long absence – only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch from the vast corporation he founded the Devraj Company On the same day Sita Devraj’s youngest daughter absconds – refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her Meanwhile Radha and Gargi Sita’s older sisters must deal with the fallout And so begins a brutal deathly struggle for power ranging over the luxury hotels and spas of New Delhi and Amritsar the Palaces and slums of. This should have been right smack dab in my wheelhouse given my penchant for both Indian lit and Shakespeare it s a modern retelling of Lear but I must say despite some gorgeous prose I found it for the most part rather tedious and almost gave up halfway through In need of much judicious editing the inciting incident of the patriarch s division of his spoils doesn t even occur into well over 100 pages into this LONG 553 pages I was also than a little annoyed by the miniscule print of the Galley Beggar Press edition AND by the constant need to run to Google Translate due to the many reversions to Hindi words and phrases it may instill verisimilitude but a glossary or footnotes would have been a welcome antidote to the author s contempt for her non Indian readers As to the novel itself sections of it are uite delightful and whereas Edward St Aubyn s recent Hogarth version of the story Dunbar which I read just prior to this so maybe I was Leared out by the time I got to this one strays perhaps TOO far from the Shakespearian original here Taneja clings a mite too steadfastly to certain elements that make little sense in a modern milieu for example the blinding of the Gloucester character albeit one of the viscerally rendered scenes Most of the contemporary euivalents DO work however especially the scenes of Jeet the Edmund character amongst the dabhi slum dwellers although these also somewhat pale in comparison to similar ones in Katherine Boo s outstanding Behind the Beautiful Forevers And while the circularity of the structure telling scenes over and over and over from the various viewpoints of the five main characters provides some interesting counterpoints it also slows the action to an almost standstill However ultimately I am not sorry I read this but doubt I would ever pick it up again for a re read even though NOW my copy has copious notes as to the translations Fun Fact Easter Egg On page 467 Taneja writes Sita thinks he should be in rural England being nursed by aristocratic girls with names like Abby for shelter Florence like the bulbul or Megan her skin pale as flushed pearls Better he go to Switzerland or Dubai and rest at some hushed private clinic This is undoubtedly a terrific insider tribute to St Aubyn s simultaneously published Dunbar as those are the names he uses for Goneril Cordelia and Regan and his book opens with the Lear character escaping from just such a Swiss clinic Cheeky

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About the Author: Preti Taneja

Praise for WE THAT ARE YOUNGWINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOT PRIZE 2018Sarah Perry chair of judges said“Samira Chris and myself were absolutely unanimous in our love and admiration for this novel whose scope ambition skill and wisdom was uite simply awe inspiring all three of us sat together shaking our heads saying ‘If this is her first novel what extraordinary work will come next’”'