The Great Unknown

The Great Unknown s Calcutta Seventeen year old Shankar walks on to Old Post Office Street to become a clerk in the Calcutta High Court There he meets the last English barrister and thus begins their unusual and u

  • Title: The Great Unknown
  • Author: Sankar SomaDas
  • ISBN: 9780670084432
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1950s Calcutta Seventeen year old Shankar walks on to Old Post Office Street to become a clerk in the Calcutta High Court There he meets the last English barrister, and thus begins their unusual and unforgettable relationship The Great Unknown is the moving story of the many people Shankar meets in the courtrooms and lawyers chambers of Old Post Office Street some seek1950s Calcutta Seventeen year old Shankar walks on to Old Post Office Street to become a clerk in the Calcutta High Court There he meets the last English barrister, and thus begins their unusual and unforgettable relationship The Great Unknown is the moving story of the many people Shankar meets in the courtrooms and lawyers chambers of Old Post Office Street some seeking justice, others watching the drama of life unfold It offers a uniquely personal glimpse into their world of unfulfilled dreams and duplicity, of unexpected tragedy, as well as hope and exhilaration Here you will meet Marian Stuart, who journeys from Lebanon to India in search of a husband and happiness the once rich but now destitute Englishman James Gould Helen Grubert, the embittered Anglo Indian typist, who wins her breach of promise case but has a miraculous change of heart Nicholas Droulas, the betrayed Greek sailor desperate for revenge Shefali Mitra, the distraught mother fighting to hold on to the daughter she did not give birth to Chhoka da, the benevolent babu who takes the young clerk under his wing and the barrister sahib who profoundly enriches Shankar s life with his own experiences The Great Unknown Kato Ajanarey , Sankar s debut novel, first appeared in Desh in 1955 An instant success, it remains immensely popular than fifty years after its publication This first ever English translation captures the simplicity and poignancy of the original.

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    1. শংকরের বই যেই দুইটা পড়েছি, বলে দিতে হয় না ভালো কিছু গল্প থাকবে। চৌরঙ্গীর সাথে আরেকটা যে মিল, আস্ত আন্তর্জাতিক একটা কলাকুশলী, কী লাইটে, কী ক্যামেরায়, কী চা আনতে। পরের দিকের বইয়ে হয়ত অত থাকে না, অ [...]

    2. পড়তে গিয়ে মনে হইল আহারে কত অজানারে, কি পড়তেছিলাম কচকচে আইনের ইতিহাস নাকি ভুগলের উচুনিচু খাজ ভাজ উপত্যাকা পার হয়ে একদল ভুক্তভোগীর গল্প অথবা একগুচ্ছ পাপ। বুঝি না কেমন কইরা লিখেন শংকর, আর এত কি [...]

    3. An absolutely lovely portrait of the Calcutta High Court of the 1950s, Sankar's the Great Unknown is a prime example of why we Indians should translate (and read translations) more. Sankar brings alive the life and times of a different India, and opens up a slice of history for us; the novel is more or less an autobiographical account, which just makes its stories all the more enthralling. Sankar's journeys in English continue with the critically acclaimed Chowringhee and Thackeray Mansion (both [...]

    4. স্রেফ সাদাপাতাতে বর্ণের আকিবুকি দিয়ে কিভাবে দিল কলজে টানতে হয় বইটা পড়ার পর বুজেছি। হায় আরো আগে যদি সাহেবের সাথে শংকরের পরিচয় হত!

    5. Sankar's novels always bring me great joy every time I read them. His characters all act as perfect flaneurs to reveal the best and worst of Calcutta and present such vivid and engaging stories. Always a joy to curl up to one of his novels and feel the warmth of a good book in my hands.

    6. Wonderful book. Set in early fifties , we see the lives of many through the eyes of a Barrister's Babu . This is Indian equivalent of Somerset Maugham . This is looking at human nature with all its frailties. This book is English translation of the Bengali original . You will not put down the book even once .

    7. This has to be one of the best pieces of work from Sankar.I just loved the simplicity of the writing style and the unadulterated version of the different characters from the eyes of the author.At the end of the book,you feel a sense of de ja vu about the times gone by in the Calcutta Highcourt area.

    8. A small,hardbound book,its based on part of the writer's life:the time spent by him in the High Court of Calcutta,workin under India's last British lawyerA very interesting take on characters.

    9. An easy read. Has an assortment of people who seek help for their cases. As seen from the eyes of a Babu (assistant). If you want a light read with a wide range of characters, give it a shot!

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