Seahorse

Seahorse Nem was not like his college classmates Instead of crowding around a TV set Nem opted for lonely walks where he could indulge his passion for photography until the night he saw Nicholas a young pro

  • Title: Seahorse
  • Author: Janice Pariat
  • ISBN: 9781939419552
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nem was not like his college classmates Instead of crowding around a TV set, Nem opted for lonely walks where he could indulge his passion for photography, until the night he saw Nicholas, a young professor from London, with another male student The affair is passionate and brief When Nicholas returns to London, Nem must move on He graduates and soon finds success as aNem was not like his college classmates Instead of crowding around a TV set, Nem opted for lonely walks where he could indulge his passion for photography, until the night he saw Nicholas, a young professor from London, with another male student The affair is passionate and brief When Nicholas returns to London, Nem must move on He graduates and soon finds success as a critic in New Delhi s burgeoning art world Then comes an invitation to speak to artists in London, and the past is suddenly resurrected As London s cosmopolitan art scene envelops Nem, he is haunted by the possibilities of a life with Nicholas But Nicholas eludes Nem, avoiding a reunion with his old student, but leaving clues that lead to someone else Myra, a woman Nem thought was Nicholas s sister Brought together by their love for Nicholas, Nem and Myra embark on a surprising friendship.Janice Pariat explores the concept of emotional memory with the inquisitive mind of a scientist and the prowess of a poet Rich, immersive prose drives a story with international scope, one that seeks answers to the age old mystery of what binds us to others, and how we can ever let them go.

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    1. A slow, gorgeous, incredibly moody novel, and the effect was that of sitting by a window looking out at pouring rain, and having a favourite, forgotten tune waft out to you from somewhere. It reminds you of things you thought you had lost, feelings buried and let go of. It meanders like a mountain stream, the story: it goes back and forth in time, memory, and through sheer weight of emotion. There are passages here that are worth coming back to over and over again. I know very well the Delhi Par [...]

    2. Picture this: You have fallen in love. I mean deeply and madly. Your feelings are reciprocated and it is spring all the time of your life. Like in a fairy tale life is indeed beautiful. But one day suddenly your lover walks out of your life without a trace. No apologies, no break-up letter, not even a harsh word. Your lover has vanished into thin air leaving you helpless, scarred, shattered, clueless and baffled.This is somewhat the state we find Nehemiah in when the novel opens. Jilted by his l [...]

    3. Read this book as a part of Fictional Fortress's December Picks.This book ranks second on my Fav book beginnings (First being, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts)This book is the definition of beautiful writing. It's glorious. Yes, glorious.I literally marked every alternate page for the quotes that I liked. loved.The author seamlessly shifts between the past and present. New Delhi and UK, leaving us in wonder and awe.You'll fall in love with Delhi's summers and London's bleak days. That is how [...]

    4. So this book is a retelling of the Poseidon myth, which is really interesting. don't think I've heard of that being done before. It's about a young man who is emotionally crushed by the death of his first love and falls in love with another man who helps put him back together, but then that man suddenly leaves him. years later he meets that man's half sister and becomes involved in her life in ways he hadn't anticipated. There's some things here I thought could have been tied together better--bu [...]

    5. 3.75/5starsis it strange that I want to compare this to "Exit West"? Maybe it's because I read the two books very close together, but this book really does remind me of it - but, much better done.I'm not gonna lie, this book is confusing. It's one of those books that if you don't really every single word you're gonna miss something. and while some people say skim reading is bad, I'm an expert skim reader - or, really, I'm not sure if what I do is skim reading? I just kind of read chunks of words [...]

    6. This book is a vision to behold. I'm so glad I ordered the hardcover.Seahorse is a re-telling of the myth of Poseidon and Pelops. For the er-Greek Myth noobs, Pelops was the son of Tantalus, the chap who served him as a stew to the Gods. In the myth, the Gods wise up once Demeter ends up eating his shoulder and reassemble(?) him. Tantalus gets sentenced to Tartarus and Poseidon takes Pelops under his wing. Amongst other things, he taught him how to drive the divine chariot. When Zeus discovers t [...]

    7. Janice paints her words with a crushing melancholy that is overwhelming in parts but you consistently need to draw yourself in, steady yourself up, and go on, like Nem does. This book is about sexuality at its most elegant, and unadulterated form woven around the cocoon of memory. Silken prose, with sparkles of poetic gold.We relate to a book because we like to associate. Like a great man once said( actually it is Stephen King)," Descriptions begin in the writer's imagination but should finish i [...]

    8. The book in a word is agony; sheer agony that will make you weep over lost love, endless anticipation, lies, betrayal, cruel fate and more. It took me too long to finish the book for it had too much of an impact on me. I cried on matters that I thought I am done and dusted with.Apart from the not-so-usual romance plot, few things impressed me a lot. Janice’s poem like prose, profound detailing and imaginary, and the way time periods swung back and forth. I ardently felt that the long and intri [...]

    9. Another disappointing ending! I can't talk about the book without ruining the ending so I'll just say. you might as well read the first five pages and then the last five pages, and you'll get the whole story. Most frustrating ending I've read in a long time. Beautiful imagery, though.

    10. "Maybe this is why people write. Because we are constantly on the verge of unimaginable loss. And this careful arrangement of lines is a way of saying 'Let it always be there."There's a thin line between prose and poetry, and Janice Pariat pirouettes across it like a mesmerizing tightrope dancer. So many beautiful lines that made me actually close the book for a second, just to savour them and let it sink in. This book reminded me so much of Sense of an Ending. I can't put a finger on what exact [...]

    11. Having read the author’s previous work I was more than eager to grab this one and the moment I read the first line of this book I knew I was in for something magical. As a writer Janice Pariat is sheer magic for me, the way she weaves a gamut of emotions in her stories it makes them so endearing like a favourite toy you just don’t want anyone else to touch it, see it or feel it. It’s yours to keep forever and even after decades when it is all rugged and worn out it still manages to give yo [...]

    12. A small note to everyone whose reading the novel, Janice has all the soundtracks mentioned in her book on her website. I was upset about finding out about this after I finished the book and not before. I have never read anything like Seahorse better. Janice Pariat is amazing, the words flow so effortlessly from page to page. She manages to take seemingly simple stories and write them in a way that's heartrending. The book is beautiful. The story? I don't know. Perhaps, in the end, I'm just not m [...]

    13. We all are incomplete in some way or the other. Most of the incompleteness caused by the loss or emptiness of our beloved ones. The empty space can never be re-occupied but love can make us move past the void and wounded place. The presence of a person in the past brings you as much joy as sorrow, his absence does in the present. Either way, we always are incomplete, with sorrow in the past and happiness in the present. Seahorse! One hell of an emotion!

    14. Seahorse was nothing short of a magical experience. The way its written is sheer music or poetry.Nem is a literature student in DU. He is roaming aimlessly one day so, as he can't sit on the lawn due to scorching Delhi heat, he attends a lecture by a guest lecturer, Nicholas, on Representation of the Buddha in art. This encounter made possible by slim coincidence (or destiny if you believe in it) results into them having a passionate relationship.But one day, Nicholas disappears without leaving [...]

    15. I wanted to love this book more than I did, because the writing is gorgeous and thoughtful. I dog-eared at least a dozen pages with gorgeous lines and passages I wanted to return to. But holy hell, this book was so riddled with typos and errors it just became difficult to read. There are actually sections where clearly entire paragraphs are just missing because there are odd jumps in the text that make sense and the characters refer to something that just isn't there. Where was this press's copy [...]

    16. #glbt #love #greekmythWhoever hasn't, read it! I completed this book a few months ago and today I'm doing the review. Well, if you ever think of reading this book, make sure you have straight three hours free and read it in one sit. It's beautiful, poetic and the author has played with words so efficiently just makes you happy. The story is actually a retelling of Poseidon and Pelope love story. And not once did it feel like I already know the story. What I didn't like was the sluggishness of th [...]

    17. Engaging and intenseShe has a neat lucid language. Contemplative as well as descriptive. Novel speaks on the various strands of relationships. A good read.

    18. The story revolves around a young man, Nehemiah (or Nem) from East India (or as I like to think of him as someone from a hill town), first as a young student at that sacred alma mater of the great Indian bourgeoisie as most of us tend to think of ourselves at some point in our lives, then as an editor for an art magazine and years later as a fellowship student spending a year in London. The story keeps moving back and forth between these timelines mixing history with the present. He isn't a hero [...]

    19. The story revolves around a young man, Nehemiah (or Nem) from East India (or as I like to think of him as someone from a hill town), first as a young student at that sacred alma mater of the great Indian bourgeoisie as most of us tend to think of ourselves at some point in our lives, then as an editor for an art magazine and years later as a fellowship student spending a year in London. The story keeps moving back and forth between these timelines mixing history with the present. He isn't a hero [...]

    20. Its a rare gem. It is not very often I leave a book hanging.Its obvious that anyone hates half a story, letting it hang there like a stationary pendulum. It serves no purpose and oddly irritating to be in its presence. Well, it takes a lot for me to give up the book. I review books! My patience is totally justifiable.But this book had got better of me.I appreciate John Green's work, The Fault in Our Stars. The writer is a male, while the protagonist of the story is a female. There was not a mome [...]

    21. Seahorse is a story of finding ecstasy in Love, utter pain of losing it, curiosity of seeing it come back and the final realisation of how different and strange it can be. All narrated in throughout company of Art and Music. My naivety in art and music could be the reason that I found the narration slow, unconnected in various places. I didn't like the bustling London much. However at the same time, I got mesmerised with Countryside, its vastness, its solitude. Janice Pariat moved me once again [...]

    22. In Seahorse, Janice Pariat weaves a hauntingly captivating tale of a wandering soul looking to fill the void left by unsatisfactory familial relations, newfound self perceptions and a lackluster lifestyle. Nehemiah is an English Major student of Delhi University whose grief upon the loss of a loved one is swept aside through his interactions with a professor from his college. Nicholas becomes more than just a confidante to Nem and so his sudden disappearance leaves Nem devastated. Years later, a [...]

    23. i like this book. i could tell you how the cheese and wine only invoked twilight and fifty shades of grey in me and the climactic death invoked every single e.m. forster novel in me, yet i loved every melancholy landscape and every nostalgic description of delhi.

    24. I found Boats on Land way better than SeahorseI was so overwhelmed with Boats On Land that I could never manage to write a review about itNo words to describe it's sheer beauty and poetry.This book was good neverthelessPariat's writing is poetic and flawlessThe descriptions of London and the countryside are done wellDelhi university campus life is described well.Lenny and Nicholas manage to make our hero,Nem (a native of Shillong) a tragic oned a slightly depressing tone is found throughout the [...]

    25. Although I really liked this book, and it's more of a 4.5, it didn't QUITE crack the 5 star rating for me. Partially, this was annoyance at the many spelling and editing mistakes (due to the curse of small press copyediting). But the elliptical nature of the book bothered me also; often I wasn't quite sure if I wasn't remembering something I should have - or if an explanation for what was going on was forthcoming. Still, the prose is gorgeously rendered, the plot itself intriguing (although I do [...]

    26. This book left me with such mixed feelings about it. I read this in spurts, partly because of time but also because of the pace of the book. The author has a beautiful lyrical language and some depictions stand out for the sheer beauty of the words, the way they are woven and her imagination (I learnt, after reading the book, that the author is an accomplished poet - that explains her style of writing). That said, somewhere in between, the book and the plot get extremely slow and it then gets to [...]

    27. Seahorse is a difficult novel for me to write a review of. I really enjoyed the descriptions and the way in which the story was told. There were loads of flashbacks (technically the whole story is a flashback) within the progression of the tale of Nem's life. But I didn't really get too attached to any of the characters. And Nem's actions in the whole third part of the book was a surprise to me. It makes sense only because I read that this novel was a reinterpretation of the myth of Poseidon and [...]

    28. A very poetic and artistic book, well written .It felt like I was riding a pendulum , the story goes back and forth in time. It has air of melancholy and mystery to it. The good thing about this book is most of the characters communicate with each through other means than orally or verbally. A very engaging and a beautiful read, it may leave you a bit low , longing for something but also brings a sense of a chaotic calmness.I simply loved it , and would urge anyone who feels every emotion with i [...]

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