Ardashir Vakil was born in Bombay and now lives in London. Ardashir Vakil’s award-winning first novel, Beach Boy (), is Bombay’s answer to James. Marrying a universal story (an adolescent boy’s coming-of-age) with a specific locale (India in the s), Indian writer Vakil has produced a charming and. Beach Boy by Ardashir Vakil – book cover, description, publication history.

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He continues to publish regularly in international journals, and contributes to BBC broadcasts and other conferences. Lanetta rated it liked it Nov 02, Never miss an issue!

Some nice little vakik, but they don’t add up to much. Wonderful insight into a life, a country and a time.

Refresh and try again. Still, to some these qualities are endearing—especially to the Maharani living with her adopted daughters in the crumbling mansion next door. This feeling, in its totality, can be described as a recognition of the joy of being alive and awake to the sadness and pleasure that makes us human beings.

Oct 23, Kartika rated it did not like it. On the other hand the sensuality of the descriptions of the city, the beach, the trip to Kerala, and especially the food, was fascinating and evocative. Jun 25, Kyle rated it really liked it Shelves: The Good old Bombay of ‘s,when the city’s identity wasn’t voy to the present day Mumbai, w Beach boy is Ardashir Vakil’s first novel aardashir was nominated for Whitbread Prize for first remarkable novel and went on to win the Betty Trask Award which is also given for first novel by authors who are under 35 years of age and residing in a current or former commonwealth country.


As Eleanor Byrne described it in The Independent: His fantasy life injects both humor and pathos in Vakil’s portrait. Sign Up to the Newsletter. Cyrus gives us a compelling, richly detailed account of his struggles with family, the interactions with his neighbors, and the frenz I feel like I went to school with Cyrus Readymoney in fact, I may havewhich contributed in no small way to my enjoyment of this book. Martin rated it liked it May 02, Dec 26, Mark rated it really liked it.

We watch the protagonist come of age through this story, which sometimes feels choppy – another nod to the bewildering world in which he is surround This book does the chaos of Bombay tremendous justice – it encapsulates the melodramatic and likely dubious quality ardasbir growing up surrounded by so many people with flair and humour.

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Nov 14, Nitu rated it liked it. He’s belongs to rich elite class of Parsi family and while his parents are absent or on business tours,he stays with his friends ,eats and sleeps with them at their houses. Cyrus,the boy, grows all alone in his sea faced house on juhu beach as his parents are always on tours and business. We will keep your information for a period of 7 years from the time of collection.

Sep 15, Kecia rated it liked it Shelves: Also has a tedious tennis section.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Apr 21, Ronald Boy rated it really liked it. Enter your email address to subscribe: The best part of the book by far is the lovingly-described, delicious sounding street foods of s Bombay. Krishnan, a thundering but lovable Communist. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. LitBritish We know you’ve been waiting on tenterhooks for this: It’s an honest peice of work with some touching moments but the writing did not blow me away and the story verged on a little jaded.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. One Day is one of the cleverest pieces of new writing that “people like us” will see this year. He tells us how he misses their company and how much the family vacations means to him. Praised by some, criticised by others, for its transient preoccupation with the superficial and mundane surfaces of urban life — the novel nevertheless seems to faithfully capture the thought processes, and cinematic imagination, of an eight-year- old boy.

The boy’s family is seperated and they have little communication. I have stolen money, I have sold things, I have double-crossed my friends and – I cannot bear to think of the thought – have been into the bathroom with my brother’s friend, Darab. His aunt Zenobia keeps him under her strict control and tries to curb his impish spirit unknowingly.

After a while we come to know that his parents have temporarily separated and her mother shifts to a different place in the city where his father sometimes comes to visit them his wife and his 5 children.

Cyrus loves to eat, and one of the richest pleasures of the book is in vicarious feasting. You may unsubscribe at any time by following the unsubscribe link in the newsletter. Cyrus est un personnage des plus attachants, xrdashir.