Kalyan Ray’s ambitious novel is an often moving tale about the travails of the abandoned and the uprooted, writes Pradyot Lal in Tehelka
This is at one level a deeply engrossing journey about lives, continents and history. It is also about abandonment, loss of identity and the search for a new life, implying in the process the fact that the universal regime is of course inter-connected.
While telling the story, Kalyan Ray has woven together private histories and real events as he takes us through a multigenerational saga spanning 200 years. The year is 1843 in Sligo, Ireland, where people are starving and small cottages are being torched to punish tenants who cannot afford to pay rent. Two small boys with different backgrounds and persuasions are caught in a situation rendered even more thankless by the historical context.