The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya

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In flight from the tame familiarity of home in Bombay, a twenty-six-year-old cricket journalist chucks his job and arrives in Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. Amid beautiful, decaying wooden houses in Georgetown, on coastal sugarcane plantations, and in the dark rainforest interior scavenged by diamond hunters, he grows absorbed with the fantastic possibilities of this new place where descendants of the enslaved and indentured have made a new world. Ultimately, to fulfill his purpose, he prepares to mount an adventure of his own. His journey takes him beyond Guyanese borders, and his companion will be the feisty, wild-haired Jan.

In this dazzling novel, propelled by a singularly forceful voice, Rahul Bhattacharya captures the heady adventures of travel, the overheated restlessness of youth, and the paradoxes of searching for life’s meaning in the escape from home.

The Sly Company of People Who Care is the winner of the 2012 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

 

About Rahul Bhattacharya

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Born in 1979, Rahul Bhattacharya is the author of the cricket-tour book Pundits from Pakistan, which was voted one of the Ten Best Cricket Books of all time in The Wisden Cricketer (London). He lives in Delhi, India. This is his first novel.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 289 pages
Genres: Other, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The novel concludes with the couple traveling in Venezuela, a sometimes idyllic, sometimes ugly sojourn.

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In the opening paragraph of Rahul Bhattacharya’s first novel, “The Sly Company of People Who Care,” the unnamed narrator, a former cricket journalist from India, declares his intentions for his life, and thus his story — to be a wanderer, or in his words, “a slow ramblin’ stranger.” That rambling...

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The protagonist reads Naipaul's In a Free State during his affair with Jan. In Naipaul's novel, sex is an anxious and seedy business, but in Bhattacharya's the affair with Jan is described in some of the most beguiling prose to emerge from the Caribbean.

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In exchange for the promise of a new life poor people in other parts of the world were given passage to the new world in exchange for agreeing to work as virtual slaves for a period of at least five years and sometimes seven.

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Guyana, like so many countries abandoned by those who exploited its people and natural resources after they milked it for all they could, has been drifting aimlessly in an ever increasing downward spiral ever since its independence.

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Gooroo, as the protagonist is referred to by others, has “a one year visa—to reinvent one’s living, to escape the deadness of the life one was accustomed to…to be hungry for the world one saw.” While in Guyana, the protagonist travels to many places and tries his hand at many jobs.

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Time Out New York

instead, the narrator spends the last day of his journey wandering the capital until a not unsymbolic rain begins to fall, washing away his ephemeral experiences.

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The 'Sly Company of People Who Care' is a book that lives up to its evocative title.

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Dawn.com

Rahul Bhattacharya’s first novel, The Sly Company of People Who Care, opens with an anonymous narrator, a former cricket journalist from India who decides to take a year off from his “real” life to wander about, to be “a slow ramblin’ stranger”.

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