An Obedient Father (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jul 6, 2000 - Fiction - 240 pages
3 Reviews
Corrosive, funny, and frightening--one of the year's most absorbing first novels

"My general incompetence and laziness at work had been apparent for so long that I now think it was arrogant of Mr. Gupta to pick me as his money man. I am the type of person who does not make sure that a file includes all the pages it must have or that the pages are in the right order. I refuse to accept even properly placed blame, lying outright that somebody else misplaced the completed forms or spilled tea on them, even though I was the last one to sign them out, or had the soggy papers still on my desk."

As an inspector for the Physical Education Department in the Delhi school system, Ram Karan supports his widowed daughter and eight-year-old granddaughter by collecting bribes for a small-time Congress Party boss. On the eve of Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, one reckless act bares the lifetime of violence and sexual shame behind Ram's dingy public career and involves him in a farcical, but terrifying, political campaign that could cost him his life.
An astonishing character study, a portrait of a family--and a country--tormented by the past, An Obedient Father recalls Dostoyevsky's guilt-ridden anti-heroes in a debut that is also as fully formed as The Moviegoer.

  

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User Review  - Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed - Goodreads

Sometimes the writing is so powerful, so perfect, that you get a glimpse of the author's talent. Other times the story meanders. Ultimately, the overarching narrative does not feel successful but you ... Read full review

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User Review  - Canadian 135 - Goodreads

I wish I hadn't read this book, or had put it down in disgust and not picked it up again. The protagonist is a monster; a corrupt Indian bureaucrat with no moral worth whatsoever. He rapes his ... Read full review

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Contents

ONE
3
TWO
37
THREE
63
FOUR
110
FIVE
132
SIX
161
SEVEN
184
EIGHT
199
NINE
226
TEN
239
ELEVEN
251
TWELVE
265
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About the author (2000)

Akhil Sharma's stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker and have been included in The Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize collections. Sharma lives in New York and is an investment banker.

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