Book Review: Partitions by Amit Majmudar

Title: Partitions
Author: Amit Majmudar
Publisher: Metropolitan Books (Henry Holt and Co)
ISBN: 978-0805093957
Genre: Fiction
PP: 224 pages
Price: $25.00
Source: Publisher via Bookpleasures.com
Rating: 5/5

My grandmother used to tell me stories about the partition, about how they left their homeland Pakistan and were evicted to India in August 1947. I used to hear these stories with enthrallment, not knowing the hardships she and my grandfather went through to build a new life. How could I have known? I was but a child at that time. However, as I grew up, I started being more perceptive of the event and it made me see things differently – keeping in mind both countries – India and Pakistan and what its citizens experienced when partition was announced.

A lot of writers have written about the Partition – from Salman Rushdie to Bhisham Sahni to Khushwant Singh and each one of them have depicted the state of affairs in a different way. Amidst these stalwarts, comes a new book entitled, Partitions by Amit Majmudar.

I had the opportunity of reading this vividly written book and I must say that I was mesmerized by the prose.

Partitions centers around four individuals from both sides of the border and how their lives converge throughout the book. Shankar and Keshav, two Hindu Boys, have lost sight of their mother at a train station and don’t know where they belong or where to go to. Simran Kaur, a young Sikh girl, has run away from her father, who would rather see her dead than dishonored. Ibrahim Masud, an elderly Muslim doctor is driven away from India towards the new Muslim State of Pakistan.

The book is about the meeting of these four characters and how they come together ironically enough, defying every political thought and viewpoint. The writing is lyrical – it is almost like the sentences dance on the page and you are transported to another time and place. The main theme of the book, hope, comes across strongly and evokes a sense of belonging and what does it take for a bond to form amongst strangers.

I would highly recommend this book because of its plot, the heart-felt writing and the possibilities that exist in our world and are brilliantly portrayed by writers such as Mr. Majmudar through the medium of writing.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Partitions by Amit Majmudar

  1. Dace Aperans

    This book is truly unique and eloquent. There are many passages that
    go straight to the heart, with writing that is both exquisite and riveting. The
    main characters are unforgettable. I am looking forward to rereading
    this amazing novel and then waiting for a second book by Mr. Majmudar!

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  2. Patricia Lothrop

    Brilliant novel: much the best fictional work I’ve read on the Punjab in 1947. Wonderfully written, but also even-handed: the inhuman brutality, greed, and factional madness are balanced by the saintliness of Masud, the courage of Simran, the persistence of the twins and the love that keeps their father near them even in death. I plan to teach this novel to high school seniors next spring, and I expect them to find many points connecting 1947 with 2012, and recalling other times and places in history. The unflinching depiction of depravity, the transcendent language, and the final affirmation of compassion, make this an ideal read for young adults (as well as older adults).

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