A Burning

A novel

    • 4.0 • 249 Ratings
    • $11.99
    • $11.99

Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK! • A "gripping thriller with compassionate social commentary"  (USA Today) about three unforgettable characters who seek to riseto the middle class, to political power, to fame in the moviesand find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.

Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan's fall. Lovelyan irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humorhas the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear.

Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning is an electrifying debut.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
June 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.9
MB

Customer Reviews

Little momma 1955 ,

Very quick read

I enjoyed how the author used the different character's narratives rather than having chapters. A very sad tale of the probable reality in India.

Not a title I would have chosen, but it was for our book club and I'm glad it read it.

mashny ,

Boring, unrealistic, and tragic.

There are three main characters, and each has a life that follows a simplistic and unrealistic path in an impossibly short time.

I don’t want to provide any spoilers but the author provides an ending that is simplistically and unrealistically tragic, seemingly designed for effect. In fact the whole book just seemed false to me, and I don’t understand why it was so widely acclaimed.

MzuzuEd ,

Engaging writing, but too many clichés

The book, though written in a nice style, lacks substance. It simply consists of a long list of actions trying to convince the reader that most people in India are terrible. Even if I agreed with this message (which I don’t), this would have been tiresome.

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