HAT BOOK READING GROUP is on Summer Hiatus.
The next book discussion will be on Sunday, September 18th, Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:30 at OISETitle: The Solitude of Emperors by Davidar, David. 2007, 246 p.
65 copies in Library
Suffocating in the small-town world of his parents, Vijay is desperate to escape to the raw energy of Bombay in the early 1990s. His big chance arrives unexpectedly when the family servant, Raju, is recruited by a right-wing organization. As a result of an article he writes about the increasing power of sectarian politicians, Vijay gets a job in a small Bombay publication, The Indian Secularist.
There he meets Rustom Sorabjee — the inspirational founder of the magazine who opens Vijay’s eyes to the damage caused to the nation by the mixing of religion and politics. As discord surrounding the local shrine comes to a head, Vijay tries to alert the authorities to the dangers, but his intervention will have consequences he could never have foreseen. The Solitude of Emperors is a stunningly perceptive novel about modern India, what drives fundamentalist beliefs, and what makes someone driven, bold, or mad enough to make a stand.
For info, contact: Jody Perrin @ 416-925-3395