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Nine characters recall their relationship with a young woman - the same woman - whom they have loved, or who has loved them. We piece her together, much as we do with others in our lives, in incomplete but illuminating slivers.Set in familiar, nameless cities, moving between east and west, The Nine-Chambered Heart is a compendium of shifting perspectives that follows one woman's life, making her dazzlingly real in one moment, and obscuring her in the very next. Janice Pariat's exquisitely written new novel is about the fragile, fragmented nature of identity - how others see us only in bits and pieces, and how sometimes we tend to become what others perceive us to be. --This text refers to the paperback edition.


‘It’s the artful pleating of this subtle, psychologically astute novel that sets it apart, each shard-like vignette deepening our concern for its central character as we see into her lovers’ hearts and minds’ Daily Mail

‘Superb. She had me at page one’ Chris Cleave

‘Sublime … Pariat writes with great elegance, her sentences rich with introspection. There’s a feeling of poetry to the language … captivating’ Irish Times

‘A tender puzzle of a book. Its bewitching premise forces us to slowly put the pieces together, our understanding of the protagonist layering with each chapter – and yet maintains the tantalising distance that the ones who've loved her experience too. We know her, but only as much as they know her. It explores with sharp beauty the mystery at the centre of loving anyone, the various things we present and project through the relationships of our lives,’ Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

‘Whatever Janice Pariat is doing in these vignettes – unravelling layers, offering shards, making and unmaking a heart – she forces you to alter your vision. By turning the intimate eye of love inside out, she’s saying, here is the real wonder: a whole is made of many broken parts. It is a startling way to look at ourselves, to reach for the stories of our own hearts’ Tishani Doshi

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B076HGF279
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fourth Estate India (25 November 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 325 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 225 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 430 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 20 May 2018
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Reviewed in India on 14 January 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Nine Chambered Heart- By Janice Pariat ( A short review)
By shweta jani on 14 January 2018
The book"The Nine Chambered Heart" by Janice Pariat is a journey in nine parts. There are nine chapters by different lovers who describe the woman they love, from the age of adolescence to when the girl has reached middle age. Its raw, beautiful, heart breaking and true. Most of us at any point of time in our love lives may have gone through the same thoughts, emotions and words too.

The girl in the novel, is never named, the places, countries are never named but fleetingly mentioned. The lovers also remained nameless, basking perhaps in the glories of feeling loved by a woman. The emotions are varied, sad & True. There are no idealistic vows of love or hate. The language used by Janice Pariat, is lucid, seamless like a varied materials of fabric sewn together.

"perhaps its the only way to retain it. Love. To never have it happen. To love, otherwise, is always to lose. And isn't it true ? That one imagined kiss is worth a thousand real ones."

"You, though are as beautiful as light splitting through glass."
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Reviewed in India on 15 August 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars 🌸🌸A Simple Beautiful book 🌸🌸
By Sakshi Chauhan on 31 October 2020
If you ask me to describe this book in one word, that's BEAUUUUUUUTIFUL.
An incomplete book with complete sense. Not a story, it's a story of stories.
First thing first, it is a beautiful light read and perfect as a February read, full of love.
The idea of plot is so intrigued. The story moves with graceful pace.
The plot of the book is really amazing, but I think some rooms are left to get touched.
I mean it's a very simple book with an ordinary story, may be that's the beauty of this book.
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Reviewed in India on 7 February 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: The Nine-Chambered Heart
By Zainab Fatima on 7 February 2019
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It came in a good condition and paper quality is also great.

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//Because life is like that, isn't it? One cannot stop its ebb and flow. You step into the current and whatever's in your path will cross you and touch you and sometimes stay//

The Nine-Chambered Heart is a kind of book that stays with you for long. A book written poetically that flows beautifully with each chapters.
9 stories that are exquisitely categorised and each narrated by different men who have loved the same woman or who she has loved at different phases of her life.

The book doesn't talks about any names of the character or place and deals with the fact that how each person in our life comes and goes and how they just see us in bits and pieces and build up their own preferences towards us.

Narration is like zephyr but by reaching towards the end I was confused about the character of the woman. She has been described by the eyes of different men, kind of a mystery. Apparently, we know a person only as much as he/she show themselves to be and a human might seem gleeful to some while gloomy to other.

P.S.- Apart from the content; I adore the cover of the book❤️

Recommended : for the one's who are more into poetic narration; it's worth a read.
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Reviewed in India on 21 February 2019
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