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Prelude to a Riot: A Novel Kindle Edition
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‘A fearless novel that speaks incisively about the divided times we live in.’– The Hindu
‘A sharp and succinct portrait of the country’s fractious present.’– Mint Lounge
‘Prelude to a Riot is marked by a keen sense of observation, a remarkable sense of place and pulsates with lithe writing, informed in no small part by Zaidi’s strength as a poet.’ – HuffPost
‘Annie Zaidi’s Prelude to a Riot captures the anger and anxiety of our times.’ – Hindustan Times
‘Zaidi’s emotionally intelligent novel is remarkable in the complexity it manages to convey.’- Open
‘A story of our times, Annie Zaidi’s new novel takes us into a peaceful town where bigots are using history as ammo to fuel hate.’ – Mid-day
‘Prelude to a Riot: A cautionary tale for the times.’ –The Hindu Business Line
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- File size : 705 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Aleph Book Company (5 September 2019)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B07WVCFKYX
- Language: : English
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The writing style is quite interesting as the reader is led on a journey of thoughts of various stakeholders involved in the game of life and death, spanning across ages, genders and geographies. No one is too young or too small to have thoughts and everyone has a story to tell. The prelude to a riot is also a necessary look at the all the actors involved in any social setting and makes you wonder about what pushes seemingly normal people over the edge. The title, too, is clever as it talks about a riot (which shows intention and action from more than one party) and the book leaves you wondering which one of these characters end up being the actors and which the acted upon.
Thank you, Annie Zaidi, for having the courage to write this.
Conversations are kept to a bare minimum between characters but each character has numerous questions and observations, perhaps mirroring the disquiet in today’s dysfunctional world where the majority has lost the art of meaningful conversations and dialogues, going instead for polarizing debates. The soliloquies are powerful and encompasses a range of pressing socio political issues we are confronted with: whose privileges comes at the cost of whom, the push and pull between ‘them’ and ‘us’ where each needs the other but is not prepared to give way.
I see this book making it to many literary award lists for next year. Go read this if you are into socio political commentary through fiction.Take this up if you are game for writing styles that break form and structure.
A powerful socio-political commentary through soliloquies, 'Prelude to a Riot' is mainly about two families, a Hindu and a Muslim family who have their ways of life but their love for their land is prominent and immense.
Dada's life is empty without his flowers and butterflies. After raising two grandchildren from the money from the estate, he now wants to shift his attention to his plants and live blissfully. Appa recalls the days when his clan was given guns by the Whites to bring down a Brown king. They were the 'chosen one', the rightful heir to this land they now occupy and reside in. The oldest members of these two households are unaware of the changes their ideology is about to bring and the repercussions of this war are something they cannot comprehend.
The youngest members of the household are struggling to pick a side and preparing themselves for the impending doom. A task that is difficult to achieve as they have grown in this community and consider each one, including the estate workers as their own. The estate workers, on the other hand, are trying to build a new world for themselves as they are exploited and treated as outcasts repeatedly.
"One by one, you are rent asunder. One by one, you are taught to pull in the direction of violence."
In a society where debate takes precedence over discussions, these soliloquies give us an insight into the minds of every significant member in the village, struggling to survive against the tides of time and shifting ideologies. As the generations change, there is a stark change in views and in spite of the differences, they are beliefs that are about to bring significant changes.