Bakha is a young man, proud and even attractive, yet none the less he is an outcast in India's caste system: an Untouchable. In deceptively simple prose this groundbreaking novel describes a day in the life of Bakha, sweeper and toilet-cleaner, as he searches for a meaning to the tragic existence... show more
Bakha is a young man, proud and even attractive, yet none the less he is an outcast in India's caste system: an Untouchable. In deceptively simple prose this groundbreaking novel describes a day in the life of Bakha, sweeper and toilet-cleaner, as he searches for a meaning to the tragic existence he has been born into - and comes to an unexpected conclusion. Mulk Raj Anand poured a vitality, fire and richness of detail into his controversial work, which led him to be acclaimed as his country's Charles Dickens and one of the twentieth century's most important Indian writers.
Publish date: July 3rd 1990
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
Well written and easy to read. This story takes place in India, and is about the caste system and how those in the lower caste are treated unfairly. One thing I did not enjoy was the main character, Bakha who is of the sweeper caste. He cares more for fashion than practicality, and seems ungrateful ...
A story simple in concept but deep in meaning and personality. A young untouchable boy deals with life in a society that pushes him to the deepest parts of inhumanity. You follow him as he simply tries to life, meeting the people and injustices he meets and finding yourself drawn in to his world.It ...
It is perhaps not fair that I am giving this book only one star as I didn't finish it, but I have been trying to read it for a full four weeks now and cannot get past page 44. I pick it up, read a couple paragraphs and put it back down. Clearly this book does not speak to me. Perhaps I will try it a...
I read this for this Post-Colonial English Lit class that I am taking and to be honest, I don't know where this book is when it comes to the topic. Anyway, I'll be writing my essay on this book; I haven't yet decided what particular topic it is that I want to focus on specifically but there were a l...