The Immortals

The Immortals

The award-winning author of A New World now gives us an incantatory novel?at once plaintive and comic?about the powerful undercurrent of cultural and familial tradition in a society enthralled with the future. Bombay in the 1980s: Shyam Lal is a highly regarded voice teacher, trained by his father in the classical idiom but happily engaged in teaching the more popular songs The award-winning author of A New World now gives us an incantatory novel?at once plaintive and comic?about t...

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Title:The Immortals
Author:Amit Chaudhuri
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:030727022X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Immortals Reviews

  • Sanjay
    Apr 16, 2009

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

    This book was a bit difficult for me, as it dealt with levels of Indian society. The story is basically the interweaving of two families in Bombay. One is a family of musicians and music teachers, the other the wife and son of a businessman. Money, music, and ambition, along with socia...

    This is a complex and beautifully written book, but I lacked the knowledge of music, dance, and pop culture in India that I think I needed to enjoy it. I was also looking for a lighter read, so I didn't think it was fair for me to rate the book. Maybe I'll tackle it again one day when ...

    Set in Mumbai, it inevitably crosses path with Bollywood. A music teacher, his brother-in-law, student, son of student, friend of son...do you get the drift? Neither did I. Lost interest. Though it is a fairly easy read. But unappealing to me. ...

    I enjoyed this well written tale of 1980's Bombay and a music teacher who is also a Guru to his many students but one woman and her son in particular! A lovely cameo of life in India and the cultural mores of life across the economic spectrum there. ...

    I started this book a few months ago. Just could not get into if, even after 50 pages. Then put it down and tried again. I normally love books about Indian written by Indian authors, but this is not for me. I can not recommend it, sorry. ...

    It is a novel set between different generations of singers that see gradual fading of tradition and establishing new borders of musical culture in India as their personal lives intertwined with the legacy they carry with them. ...

    Readers used to fast paced novels with twists and turns may not appreciate this book. But definitely a good read as far as I am concerned. Read more about it at http://bookwormsrecos.blogspot.in/201... ...

    I couldn't continue reading it. I got to p 23. About a Bombay music teacher. ...

    Written with Chaudhuri's characteristic delicacy and nuance, but because this book is more commodious than his earlier ones, it's also a bit too languorous. ...

  • Baklavahalva
    Nov 18, 2009

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

  • Maggie
    Apr 08, 2015

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

    This book was a bit difficult for me, as it dealt with levels of Indian society. The story is basically the interweaving of two families in Bombay. One is a family of musicians and music teachers, the other the wife and son of a businessman. Money, music, and ambition, along with socia...

    This is a complex and beautifully written book, but I lacked the knowledge of music, dance, and pop culture in India that I think I needed to enjoy it. I was also looking for a lighter read, so I didn't think it was fair for me to rate the book. Maybe I'll tackle it again one day when ...

    Set in Mumbai, it inevitably crosses path with Bollywood. A music teacher, his brother-in-law, student, son of student, friend of son...do you get the drift? Neither did I. Lost interest. Though it is a fairly easy read. But unappealing to me. ...

    I enjoyed this well written tale of 1980's Bombay and a music teacher who is also a Guru to his many students but one woman and her son in particular! A lovely cameo of life in India and the cultural mores of life across the economic spectrum there. ...

  • Jeffrey Ogden Thomas
    Dec 26, 2009

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

  • Diane
    Jun 10, 2011

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

  • Patrick Neylan
    Sep 16, 2011

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

  • Jill
    Sep 14, 2010

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

  • A. S.
    Apr 15, 2011

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

  • Beth
    Nov 20, 2009

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

    This book was a bit difficult for me, as it dealt with levels of Indian society. The story is basically the interweaving of two families in Bombay. One is a family of musicians and music teachers, the other the wife and son of a businessman. Money, music, and ambition, along with socia...

    This is a complex and beautifully written book, but I lacked the knowledge of music, dance, and pop culture in India that I think I needed to enjoy it. I was also looking for a lighter read, so I didn't think it was fair for me to rate the book. Maybe I'll tackle it again one day when ...

    Set in Mumbai, it inevitably crosses path with Bollywood. A music teacher, his brother-in-law, student, son of student, friend of son...do you get the drift? Neither did I. Lost interest. Though it is a fairly easy read. But unappealing to me. ...

    I enjoyed this well written tale of 1980's Bombay and a music teacher who is also a Guru to his many students but one woman and her son in particular! A lovely cameo of life in India and the cultural mores of life across the economic spectrum there. ...

    I started this book a few months ago. Just could not get into if, even after 50 pages. Then put it down and tried again. I normally love books about Indian written by Indian authors, but this is not for me. I can not recommend it, sorry. ...

    It is a novel set between different generations of singers that see gradual fading of tradition and establishing new borders of musical culture in India as their personal lives intertwined with the legacy they carry with them. ...

    Readers used to fast paced novels with twists and turns may not appreciate this book. But definitely a good read as far as I am concerned. Read more about it at http://bookwormsrecos.blogspot.in/201... ...

    I couldn't continue reading it. I got to p 23. About a Bombay music teacher. ...

  • Susan Marshall
    Dec 06, 2010

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

  • Devika
    Apr 08, 2012

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

    This book was a bit difficult for me, as it dealt with levels of Indian society. The story is basically the interweaving of two families in Bombay. One is a family of musicians and music teachers, the other the wife and son of a businessman. Money, music, and ambition, along with socia...

    This is a complex and beautifully written book, but I lacked the knowledge of music, dance, and pop culture in India that I think I needed to enjoy it. I was also looking for a lighter read, so I didn't think it was fair for me to rate the book. Maybe I'll tackle it again one day when ...

    Set in Mumbai, it inevitably crosses path with Bollywood. A music teacher, his brother-in-law, student, son of student, friend of son...do you get the drift? Neither did I. Lost interest. Though it is a fairly easy read. But unappealing to me. ...

    I enjoyed this well written tale of 1980's Bombay and a music teacher who is also a Guru to his many students but one woman and her son in particular! A lovely cameo of life in India and the cultural mores of life across the economic spectrum there. ...

    I started this book a few months ago. Just could not get into if, even after 50 pages. Then put it down and tried again. I normally love books about Indian written by Indian authors, but this is not for me. I can not recommend it, sorry. ...

    It is a novel set between different generations of singers that see gradual fading of tradition and establishing new borders of musical culture in India as their personal lives intertwined with the legacy they carry with them. ...

    Readers used to fast paced novels with twists and turns may not appreciate this book. But definitely a good read as far as I am concerned. Read more about it at http://bookwormsrecos.blogspot.in/201... ...

    I couldn't continue reading it. I got to p 23. About a Bombay music teacher. ...

    Written with Chaudhuri's characteristic delicacy and nuance, but because this book is more commodious than his earlier ones, it's also a bit too languorous. ...

    just couldnt make it through. taken me so long to come to terms with the fact that I never will. and its okay. It is a tiring, thankless and dull read. Life is too short. ...

  • Karole
    Sep 10, 2011

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

  • Alka
    Aug 28, 2016

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

    This book was a bit difficult for me, as it dealt with levels of Indian society. The story is basically the interweaving of two families in Bombay. One is a family of musicians and music teachers, the other the wife and son of a businessman. Money, music, and ambition, along with socia...

    This is a complex and beautifully written book, but I lacked the knowledge of music, dance, and pop culture in India that I think I needed to enjoy it. I was also looking for a lighter read, so I didn't think it was fair for me to rate the book. Maybe I'll tackle it again one day when ...

    Set in Mumbai, it inevitably crosses path with Bollywood. A music teacher, his brother-in-law, student, son of student, friend of son...do you get the drift? Neither did I. Lost interest. Though it is a fairly easy read. But unappealing to me. ...

  • Adri
    Sep 14, 2011

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

    This book was a bit difficult for me, as it dealt with levels of Indian society. The story is basically the interweaving of two families in Bombay. One is a family of musicians and music teachers, the other the wife and son of a businessman. Money, music, and ambition, along with socia...

    This is a complex and beautifully written book, but I lacked the knowledge of music, dance, and pop culture in India that I think I needed to enjoy it. I was also looking for a lighter read, so I didn't think it was fair for me to rate the book. Maybe I'll tackle it again one day when ...

    Set in Mumbai, it inevitably crosses path with Bollywood. A music teacher, his brother-in-law, student, son of student, friend of son...do you get the drift? Neither did I. Lost interest. Though it is a fairly easy read. But unappealing to me. ...

    I enjoyed this well written tale of 1980's Bombay and a music teacher who is also a Guru to his many students but one woman and her son in particular! A lovely cameo of life in India and the cultural mores of life across the economic spectrum there. ...

    I started this book a few months ago. Just could not get into if, even after 50 pages. Then put it down and tried again. I normally love books about Indian written by Indian authors, but this is not for me. I can not recommend it, sorry. ...

  • Lester
    Oct 21, 2017

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

  • Nettle
    Apr 10, 2012

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

    This book was a bit difficult for me, as it dealt with levels of Indian society. The story is basically the interweaving of two families in Bombay. One is a family of musicians and music teachers, the other the wife and son of a businessman. Money, music, and ambition, along with socia...

    This is a complex and beautifully written book, but I lacked the knowledge of music, dance, and pop culture in India that I think I needed to enjoy it. I was also looking for a lighter read, so I didn't think it was fair for me to rate the book. Maybe I'll tackle it again one day when ...

  • Seema Sharma
    Jul 11, 2012

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

    This book was a bit difficult for me, as it dealt with levels of Indian society. The story is basically the interweaving of two families in Bombay. One is a family of musicians and music teachers, the other the wife and son of a businessman. Money, music, and ambition, along with socia...

    This is a complex and beautifully written book, but I lacked the knowledge of music, dance, and pop culture in India that I think I needed to enjoy it. I was also looking for a lighter read, so I didn't think it was fair for me to rate the book. Maybe I'll tackle it again one day when ...

    Set in Mumbai, it inevitably crosses path with Bollywood. A music teacher, his brother-in-law, student, son of student, friend of son...do you get the drift? Neither did I. Lost interest. Though it is a fairly easy read. But unappealing to me. ...

    I enjoyed this well written tale of 1980's Bombay and a music teacher who is also a Guru to his many students but one woman and her son in particular! A lovely cameo of life in India and the cultural mores of life across the economic spectrum there. ...

    I started this book a few months ago. Just could not get into if, even after 50 pages. Then put it down and tried again. I normally love books about Indian written by Indian authors, but this is not for me. I can not recommend it, sorry. ...

    It is a novel set between different generations of singers that see gradual fading of tradition and establishing new borders of musical culture in India as their personal lives intertwined with the legacy they carry with them. ...

  • Carol Jean
    Feb 10, 2013

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

    This book was a bit difficult for me, as it dealt with levels of Indian society. The story is basically the interweaving of two families in Bombay. One is a family of musicians and music teachers, the other the wife and son of a businessman. Money, music, and ambition, along with socia...

  • Rob
    Sep 06, 2012

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

  • gramakri
    Aug 05, 2013

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

    This book was a bit difficult for me, as it dealt with levels of Indian society. The story is basically the interweaving of two families in Bombay. One is a family of musicians and music teachers, the other the wife and son of a businessman. Money, music, and ambition, along with socia...

    This is a complex and beautifully written book, but I lacked the knowledge of music, dance, and pop culture in India that I think I needed to enjoy it. I was also looking for a lighter read, so I didn't think it was fair for me to rate the book. Maybe I'll tackle it again one day when ...

    Set in Mumbai, it inevitably crosses path with Bollywood. A music teacher, his brother-in-law, student, son of student, friend of son...do you get the drift? Neither did I. Lost interest. Though it is a fairly easy read. But unappealing to me. ...

    I enjoyed this well written tale of 1980's Bombay and a music teacher who is also a Guru to his many students but one woman and her son in particular! A lovely cameo of life in India and the cultural mores of life across the economic spectrum there. ...

    I started this book a few months ago. Just could not get into if, even after 50 pages. Then put it down and tried again. I normally love books about Indian written by Indian authors, but this is not for me. I can not recommend it, sorry. ...

    It is a novel set between different generations of singers that see gradual fading of tradition and establishing new borders of musical culture in India as their personal lives intertwined with the legacy they carry with them. ...

    Readers used to fast paced novels with twists and turns may not appreciate this book. But definitely a good read as far as I am concerned. Read more about it at http://bookwormsrecos.blogspot.in/201... ...

  • Bidita
    Jul 27, 2017

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

  • Vanda Bromwich
    Jul 08, 2018

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

  • Dorothy
    Mar 14, 2013

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

  • Vani
    Dec 24, 2015

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

  • Sehar  Moughal
    Jul 30, 2014

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

  • Johnna Sturgeon
    Jul 29, 2014

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

  • Lisa Matthews
    Oct 30, 2017

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

  • Karen Angelico
    Jul 12, 2016

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

    This is the story of the Sengupta family and their relations with each other, friends, work associates, and as well, their relationships with the people who work for the family in the home, and the teachers who come to provide singing and music lessons. Not being of the Indian cul...

    I really, really wanted to like this book, having read so many terrific English-language books by South Asian writers. It has many interesting characters. I can't help but feel that Chaudhuri has probably written a biting and witty social satire that I don't have the cultural backgroun...

    This feels like the most thorough book by Chaudhuri; it's probably his longest one to date. I really enjoyed his close depiction of the world of music teachers and their bourgeois amateur-students in Bombay of the eighties. Chaudhuri manages to write about class (and caste) interaction...

    A languid, melancholy book - even sort of depressing - and yet, in my opinion, a fairly accurate portrait of how art and artists survive in a rapidly growing and changing city, in this case music/musicians in India. Not so different from artists in this country, in the daily scramble t...

    I really liked the first third of the book. The characters illustrate many of the rungs of society in India. THe relationship between the up-and-coming company man and his family with the musicians' family was wonderful, and Mumbai itself is a character, with the family moving to progr...

    Beautifully written but I just didn't connect well with this book. I admit to skim reading a huge amount of it once I passed the quarter mark. Beautifully written and yet flat, boring and devoid of any plot. This is a literary fiction book and I wasn't expecting a racy plot, but this w...

  • Omar Beretta
    Aug 27, 2018

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...

    4.5/5 ...

    Change, tradition, music, hypocrisy, expectations, class, guilt and existential pang cleverly woven together in a novel of Dickensian quality. ...

  • Hippiemouse420
    May 27, 2017

    'The Immortals' was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and why not, the prose is beautiful and the narrative flows like the waters of River Ganga. There is no plot in this book and so there is nothing big that ever happens to any of its characters. But the book h...

    'The Immortals' seems to have been written for the Booker judging panel, meticulously adopting one of the standard Booker styles: Indian subcontinent coming-of-age family saga (known for short as the Rushdie Template). Unfortunately it wasn't written for you, dear reader, so I advis...

    I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I wanted to stop reading it, but I never stop reading a book once I have started. I kept thinking there would be a redemption at the end, but there wasn't. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to care, but I didn't. I can not rec...

    The Immortals is a tale of two families: one luxuriating in a new world of corporate affluence and the other getting by on the old world of musical tradition. Together, they are joined by a ?common, day-to-day pursuit of music.? Music is the thread that ties this book together, ...

    Being a classically trained Indian musician myself, I thought reading a book about the subject by an actual musician might be right up my alley. And Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals could have been very compelling if it weren't for a few teensy issues. The Immortals tries to tackle th...

    Sorry, I got about 50 pages in... another reviewer calls this book "languid". I agree. But it would be interesting to those who grew up in India and are familiar with the music-teaching milieu. ...

    This was a beautifully written, intelligent novel about two families; one a wealthy corporate family, the other a multi-generational family of traditional musicians. These families are tied together by music, one being a teacher to the mother and son of the wealthy Sengupta family. How...

    Great book! I never knew indian classical music has so much depth and vigor. In the midst of reading this book, I started listening to the classical music mentioned and it helped me understand the author's work better. It's rich, colorful and leaving one to want more. ...

    Couldn't get through this one. Read about a third and gave up. It went no where and was very confusing with all the Indian names. ...

    I think that Amit Chaudhuri really has a way with words. The writing in this book is very emotive, as he manages to put into words the small actions and thoughts of everyday life which go into turning people happy, melancholy, frustrated, and so on. There are numerous moments (especial...

    Unless you are Indian or understand and care about all the different types of Indian songs this book is not an easy read. It is about a high class Indian family and the rather indolent life they lead and the relationship with their music teachers . ...

    Ugh. I could not wait to finish. ...