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The Impressionist (Paperback)

Author:  Hari Kunzru
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0452283973
ISBN-13: 9780452283978
Sku: 31093266
Publish Date: 3/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  480
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Sweeping from India to England to France and Africa and played out on a teeming world canvas, "The Impressionist" is the unforgettable riches-to-rags story of a boy who is born into a lie and must adapt--or perish.
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At the age of fifteen, Pran Nath Razdan is thrown out onto the streets when the truth of his parentage is revealed, forcing him to re-invent himself over and over to survive as he journeys from Victorian India to Edwardian London where he learns to master his chameleon-like ability to transform himself into whoever and whatever he needs to fulfill his utmost desires. A first novel. Reprint.At the age of fifteen, Pran Nath Razdan is thrown out onto the streets when the truth of his parentage is revealed, forcing him to re-invent himself over and over to survive as he journeys from Victorian India to Edwardian London where he learns to master his chameleon-like ability to transform himself into whoever and whatever he needs to fulfill his utmost desires. A first novel. Reprint.
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A young man born in India and named Pran reinvents himself several times, first as Robert, the adopted son of a Scots missionary couple; then as "Pretty Bobby" by the whores with whom he consorts; then as "Jonathan," an Englishman whose identity he usurps; and finally as an anthropologist (and much more) in Africa.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Echoes of Waugh, Kipling, Bowles, and Rushdie...aside, this is a very considerable achievement: a romantic-satiric saga enlivened by Kunzru's sophisticated prose and urbane omniscient narrative voice." 01/01/2002

New York Times
"Nothing about THE IMPRESSIONIST flags it as a first effort. Mr. Kunzru writes with wry certitude and cinematic precision about identity, aspiration and rootlessness, set against the backdrop of a Britannia that is pure mirage." - Janet Maslin 03/28/2002

Literary Review
"Kunzru writes like a master storyteller, but...the novel seems to run out of steam, and the protagonist's very vagueness ends by diluting the narrative. This is original and intelligent writing, but not an enthralling novel." - Umber Khairi April 2002

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0480
Product attributePublisher:   Plume Books
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