The Temple-goers

The Temple-goers

Book - 2011
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'A gripping tangle of politics, murder, bribery and betrayal' Observer

'A young writer to watch'V. S. Naipaul

It was just after dinner and on one of the news channels the murder was re-enacted . . . '

The Temple-goers tells the story of two young men from very different sides of the tracks- one cast adrift in a world of fashion parties, media moguls and designer labels, the other who reveals to him the city's hidden and squalid underbelly. But when a body is found floating in the canal and one of them is accused of the murder, some deeply unsettling truths begin to emerge, testing their friendship and exposing the dark and troubled heart of the city in which they live . . .

'Naipaul's praise is rare enough to be notable; and Taseer lives up to it . . . among the sharpest and best-written fictions about contemporary India' Independent

'A coolly accomplished, pulsating account of modern-day Delhi' Guardian

'Scathingly comic, disquieting, ironical. Vicious fun' Spectator

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2011
ISBN: 9780141045696
0141045698
Call Number: F TASEER A
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 20 cm

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Jan 21, 2018

This novel is set amongst the wealthy, corrupt Indian middle-class. A would-be writer returns to Delhi and becomes friends with an aspiring trainer, trying to rise to the middle-class himself, who introduces him to the underside of the city. None of the characters are likeable nor is the corrupt, ruthless city of Delhi. The plot itself is somewhat contrived.

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