Satyal’s lovely coming-of-age debut charts an Indian-American boy’s transformation from mere mortal to Krishnaji, the blue-skinned Hindu deity. Rakesh Satyal is an American novelist, best known for his Lambda Literary Award-winning debut novel Blue Boy. Blue Boy won the Prose/Poetry Award. Read Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal by Rakesh Satyal by Rakesh Satyal for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android.
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There is very little showing of action, too much telling, and a lot of 80’s references. I feel like in most fiction where the protagonist xatyal beset by a cruel society he is at least noble, despite it all. Or facing upward, splayed across raesh chest, lolling around like a plate of Jell-O, the eye quavering.
I have the ebook, which has different page numbers than the actual book Reply. As an only son, Kiran has obligations–to excel in his studies, sagyal honor the deities, to find a nice Indian girl, and, above all, to make his mother and father proud–standard stuff for a boy of his background. Dec 31, Jon Forsyth rated it really liked it. Surrounded by examples of upstanding Indian Americans–in his own home, in his temple, at the weekly parties given by his parents’ friends–Kiran nevertheless finds it impossible to get the knack of “normalcy.
Playing with dolls, choosing ballet over basketball, taking the annual talent show way too seriously. For Kiran Sharma, eakesh long, strange trip is about to begin — a journey so sublime, so ridiculous, so painfully beautiful, that it can only lead to the truth….
The family and community painted around our protagonist are every bit as integral to the story as he is, particularly the quietly complicit mother.
I never even thought of such things until I was There were bluee other heartbreaking bits: He lives in Brooklyn. In brief, it feels like the character of this Kiran is not very well outlined.
Some of my own favorites taken totally out of context, but it doesn’t represent the style of the entire book. While the writing is definitely accurate for the thoughts of a young observant boy, it doesn’t make for fascinating reading.
Although the story takes place in and many of the standard situations are satgal play, Kiran is already much more daring rakezh most gay boys would have been, say, even a decade earlier. However, I would not recommend this book as a good novel to anyone.
We will never be more than two containers, full of the same blood but different in size, shape, owners. At first, the change surprises and unsettles you, but then you take in the surprise and embrace it and wish life could always be so gloriously unpredictable…. Shenanigans and naivety combine to make the plans his parents have for him go sharply awry, and Kiran is saytal with some major decision-making about who he is and who bu wants to become.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable take on the latest trend of LGBTQ literature – it urges readers to think about identity, the extraordinary pace of change when it comes to sexuality over the past 25 years, and the meanings of family, self, and community – but not in any kind of high-handed way. The idea that he actually may be a reincarnation of Krishna comes to him as he takes Sunday religious instruction with a group of other Indian children.
I have the ebook, which has different page numbers than the actual book. Yes, the book is about gender identity and racial identity and ethnic identity and religious identity. If only Kiran had anything in common with the other Indian kids besides the color of his skin. He is different and he just wants to keep his light shining even if his peers don’t approve and tease him.
The irony of the situation makes the novel quite interesting as well. Kiran–the only child of immigrant Indian parents–struggles with acceptance and a sense of belonging at public school, in his Hindu temple, and at home.
In addition, I felt Kiran’s language didn’t exactly fit the vocabulary of a boy his age. Dec 31, Karen rated it it was amazing Recommended to Karen by: Feb 13, Queen rated it it was amazing Shelves: His grammatical fastidiousness alienates him from his classmates he even stays after school to study advanced language arts with one of his teachers.
Lambda Award Winner Many gay coming of age stories, in fiction and in real life, share some common elements: I read a physical copy of this book many years ago, and loved it so swtyal that I kept lending it to people so they could read it.