The Snake Charmer

The Snake Charmer

A Novel

Book - 1998
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"The Snake Charmer tells the story of Sonalal, middle-aged and unloved by his rapacious wife and disrespectful sons. He is indisputably the best snake charmer in all of India, for he has elevated his trade to a delicate art. One evening, while charming his beloved snake, Raju, Sonalal produces a music so extraordinary that he feels touched by the gods. But in a moment that will change his life forever, his rapture turns to rage, and Sonalal destroys the one creature who loves him." "Consumed by a despair so great that it threatens his very being - not to mention his masculinity - Sonalal embarks on an Odyssean journey in pursuit of redemption."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow & Co., c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780688158095
0688158099
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 22 cm

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hi_gaye
Sep 10, 2015

Sonalal, a snake charmer, kills his own snake in a moment of anger. He suffers in grief and despair as his life then falls apart. Well written story dealing with relationships, in the Indian culture.

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mrperkins
Feb 24, 2010

An intriguing short novel. I have a penchant for fiction from Indian writers and this one does not disappoint although it is not as good as some others (such as the Raj Quartet, and A Suitable Boy - both OUTSTANDING). But,... this writer is pretty good. The book is charming, and I use that word in the most complimentary sense. Almost a fairy tale.

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