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
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 22 cm


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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.

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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