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It is the not-so-distant future, and in the belligerent wannabe superpower that is India, Para, a tomboyish fighter pilot, flies sorties against the Pak-Saudi alliance. She has been trained to kill, to be a deadly instrument for the military ambitions of the ultra-modern, ultra-competitive state. And yet it is less than a hundred years since her smart sarcastic, principled grandparents met on a non-violent demonstration against British rule in Ahmedabad, falling in love as they were trampled by mounted police. Their only son Paresh, grows up to drift through life, torn in different directions all at once, though he does produce an entirely spirited, directed daughter Para. How did India get Para from her grandparents? And what happened to the generation in between, of Paresh and his peers? Moving between crowd scenes and midair battles, between sexual farce and social embarrassment, Joshi maps the arcs made by these four striking characters, by the family they make up, and by their country, across a complex and confused century. Joshi's writing is sharp, loose, fluent and varied. The Last Jet-Engine Laugh is a novel that is jaded and yet principled, ribald and yet serious, vigorous yet sensitive. It feels authentic, considered and moving at all times. It marks the arrival of a writer whose prose is fresh, as surprising and as distinctly original as any to come out of India in the last two decades.

Details of Book: LAST JET-ENGINE LAUGH (BSID:74358)

Author Rushir Joshi
ISBN 817223497X
ISBN-13 9788172234973, 978-8172234973
Binding Paperback
Publisher Harper Collins India
Publishing Date 2000
Number of Pages 400  pages
Language English

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Sandeep August 20, 2007 review from Goodreads

So The Last Jet-Engine Laugh is one of the best-written books Iâ??ve come across, but the structure of the book left me quite befuddled (and that takes some doing, I having a brain the size of a planet and all). Itâ??s all very well to fiddle around with narrative structure, but itâ??s either got to ha...

Maia February 27, 2016 review from Goodreads

enjoyed it, plot, imagination and language, great fun, got rid of it, missed it frequently ever since, and that never happens to me. Totally recommend and definitely a 9 out of 10 despite being a fun novel and interesting about India and light scifi rather than a Great Novel

Richard July 14, 2008 review from Goodreads

Been meaning to read this for awhile, so I did. Very poetic fiction, less concerned with structure than most "stories". Hard to enjoy alot while reading, kind of book that gives you a sense of it all when you finish. The writing slips in and out of consciousness(es), especially at the end. Anothe...


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