The Devourers

The Devourers

Book - 2016
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"On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man's unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger's behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins. From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman--and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds. With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok's interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey, an imprint of Random House,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781101967515
110196751X
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 25 cm

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Taoish
Aug 05, 2017

One could just easily consume this book whole, but for me it was, mostly, savored as fine wine, imbibed lingeringly.

The last book that enraptured, personally, like this was The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.

Philosophy, fantasy, metaphysics, aesthetics, time and place wholly realised amid wild, spanning, lucid narration.

This book is akin to walking through a poetic dreamscape, though beware that some of the topics are violently disturbing as much as other parts can be lushly gorgeous.

In part, an expository on humanity; mans' beastly temperament, the poetry of wildness, a meditation on mythos of the nature of time, place knowledge, folklore and the ever inevitable mystery of being.

But that still does not begin to touch the treasures of language and thought this book contains.

"...the most cowardly and lowest of human acts."

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bwrogers
May 29, 2017

A story that will transport the reader. As I consider what books have recently impacted my sense of how a good story operates, Das' novel consistently returns to my mind. The book transcends its genre trappings, as good genre stories do. Prose that drips with violence, lust, and an utterly alien mentality that lurks just behind the curtain of the night. Put this on the top of your list.

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