Sleeping on Jupiter

Sleeping on Jupiter A train stops at a railway station A young woman jumps off She has wild hair sloppy clothes a distracted air She looks Indian yet she is somehow not The sudden violence of what happens next leaves

  • Title: Sleeping on Jupiter
  • Author: Anuradha Roy
  • ISBN: 9789350099360
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A train stops at a railway station A young woman jumps off She has wild hair, sloppy clothes, a distracted air She looks Indian, yet she is somehow not The sudden violence of what happens next leaves the other passengers gasping The train terminates at Jarmuli, a temple town by the sea Here, among pilgrims, priests and ashrams, three old women disembark only to encouA train stops at a railway station A young woman jumps off She has wild hair, sloppy clothes, a distracted air She looks Indian, yet she is somehow not The sudden violence of what happens next leaves the other passengers gasping The train terminates at Jarmuli, a temple town by the sea Here, among pilgrims, priests and ashrams, three old women disembark only to encounter the girl once again What is someone like her doing in this remote corner, which attracts only worshippers Over the next five days, the old women live out their long planned dream of a holiday together their temple guide finds ecstasy in forbidden love and the girl is joined by a photographer battling his own demons The full force of the evil and violence beneath the serene surface of the town becomes evident when their lives overlap and collide Unexpected connections are revealed between devotion and violence, friendship and fear as Jarmuli is revealed as a place with a long, dark past that transforms all who encounter it This is a stark and unflinching novel by a spellbinding storyteller, about religion, love, and violence in the modern world.

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    • Anuradha Roy

      Anuradha Roy was educated in Hyderabad, Calcutta and Cambridge UK She is an editor at Permanent Black, an independent press publishing in South Asian history, politics and culture She lives mainly in Ranikhet, India, with her husband Rukun Advani and their dog, Biscoot.

    143 thoughts on “Sleeping on Jupiter

    • I really don't know how to rate this book. I hate to slam it and the author because there truly was so much potential in it in terms of content, literary writing, and subject matter.I went into it without reading what it would be about. Perhaps I should have? This is a rollercoaster of a novel, not in the 'excitement/tension, then a breather' way, but in the way of often being dull and then walloping the reader on the head with something utterly disturbing and then some portions that sparkle wit [...]

    • Our narrator, Nomi, retells the stories from her traumatic childhood and paints a harsh picture of Indian society. In a couple of days she witnesses her father's murder and is deserted by her mother, the beginning of this novel is gripping and the prose exudes brutal brilliance. However, as we read on we story becomes more and more generic and I really got bored with this novel at the half-way point. This was incredibly disappointing for me, I thought I had began a great work but I was left with [...]

    • I am not sure quite what to make of this story set in a temple resort on the east coast of India, but it was certainly intriguing. Nomi is a girl orphaned by war, then brought up in an abusive ashram, who has escaped and eventually been adopted by a British woman. She returns to the resort as a young woman working as a researcher for a film, but really to investigate her own background. Her partner on this trip is Suraj, a spoiled middle aged rich boy who is still haunted by a recent divorce. Th [...]

    • Sleeping on Jupiter is a beautifully written novel and longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Anuradha Roy brings us a taste of India with a fascinating mix of characters and a main narrative that covers a few days when their lives intersect. Nomi is the lead character and it’s her story and her past that makes this special. Roy adds her voice to the current politically sensitive issues in India of sexual abuse and violence against women while telling a story full of deep feelings, colour a [...]

    • A young woman with a tragic past, a photographer with a violent streak, three women with winter in their hair and a pilgrimage long time coming, a tour guide coming to terms with his homosexuality when he finds himself attracted to a boy working in tea stall, and the owner of tea stall who sings songs about melancholic earth and bright paddy fields; these people brush one another over course of five days in a temple town. Surrounded by rotting flowers, discarded fruits and sea air, they come fac [...]

    • Overall, a good read. I loved the beginning which promised intrigue, exploration of small town India, especially a place I haven't been to, the solitary young traveller, train journey,the three old ladies and their camaraderie, the young temple guide with his secret, Raghu, the opportunistic tea vendor not, Jimmy the tea vendor, Duran, the journalist; all whose lives intertwined in a manner, they themselves were least aware of. Threading these various stories is the sinister face of India - the [...]

    • Jai Shree Ganesh Phew ! This year's my first Booker Prize long-listed book.And from India. What I should say ?Beautifully written.The story takes in its circle, course of four days, the city of Jarmuli. Three old women , Vidya Latika and Gouri, all are on Pilgrim holiday, their struggle for loss of memory, knee joints, old age, past memories of their husbands; one girl, Nomi, Indian, but looking like a foreigner, who was a victim of sexual abuse of a Guruji (Spiritual leader) during her childhoo [...]

    • Sleeping on Jupiter is a quick and sharp novel with interconnected stories, but I'm left somewhat dissatisfied with the book as a whole. The first few chapters of Sleeping on Jupiter are exhilarating and suspenseful. We're introduced to an array of characters each with clear and unique voices. As the story progresses we see how each voice is relevant to the others. I had two favorites, but I think the voice of Nomi tied everything together nicely. I happen to love stories with connections hidden [...]

    • This was my second reading of this book. First time round, I liked it a lot. Second time round, even more.It still reminds me of my favourite movie, Magnolia. It tells the stories of several unconnected people whose lives intersect for a few days. The book tracks Nomi as probably the main character as she tries to investigate the ashram in which she grew up. But the book's title comes from something Badal, a temple guide, remembers from his school days. He takes Nomi and Suraj round the temple, [...]

    • Morass of woeWhen she was a little girl, Nomi's house was invaded by soldiers. They brutally killed her father and her mother fled with Nomi, looking for safety. But they became separated and Nomi was eventually taken in by an ashram run by a charismatic guru, where she spent her childhood years. Now, in the present, she is on her way to Jarmuli to make a documentary, and also to seek some answers about her past. On the same train are three elderly women, off on holiday together. It is an unwrit [...]

    • A shortish book at 250 pages, I felt like Nomi in the beginning of the book, who gets off the train and runs after it failing to catch up. I liked the atmospheric descriptions of the coastal town, the jabber of kids hawking trinkets, over bright sun, the chai tea with crushed ginger and clove, the press of pilgrims. The subtle, lovely writing would catch me by surprise-why is it that donkey's eyes seem so lonely but not cows? But I felt like I was listening in on a foreign language I hadn't quit [...]

    • Sleeping on Jupiter, like the name and the cover, was surreal for me. The prose seemed intense like what you read from another age. The violence and the personal battles have been portrayed unflinchingly with a flourish. The plot is simple enough, but the handling of it - gives the sense of a complex short story.A group of unconnected lives, each with their own demons to exorcise, come together at Jalmuri, a beach side temple town and get entwined in ways that change things. The pivot of the sto [...]

    • Review @ A Bookworm's MusingThere are books that bring out the beauty of storytelling and make even a simple plot look brilliant. In essence, even though there is nothing simple about the plot of Sleeping on Jupiter, it is the storytelling that takes centrestage. It's the pathos that I feel for the little girl Nomi, who not only loses her family, but undergoes a traumatic life after that that I remember more than the intricate jumps in and out of time. It's the sadness I feel for the woman with [...]

    • Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy of this book. Opening with a violent scene, the author didn't hold back in terms of her introduction to the main character. Going back to the present we find Nomi, an Indian looking woman with a European accent, travelling in the same train compartment as 3 older Indian women. All are travelling to the pilgrimage town by the sea, but for different reasons. Nomi was raised in an ashram, the spiritual leader of which held a [...]

    • Having read and adored Roy's previous two novels, I was predisposed to love this one also and did! Perhaps not as perfectly rendered as her exquisite first book, 'An Atlas of Impossible Longing', this did show a certain maturing in both prose style and plotting. Others have decried the more cryptic passages and the lack of definitive answers, but that is all part of the novel's mystery and charm. A book that I am sure will reward a second reading soon and one I hope will at least make the Booke [...]

    • This work is a perfect example of lofty aspirations resulting in less than lofty measures. It is also a perfect example of my aesthetic judgments running away from me, making me both choose and purchase books due to a combination of whims and coincidences, and not really justifying the fruits of my labor. However, it is better to traverse less populated paths and discover a casual meander rather than a hoped for stirring escapade, than to be led on by another's bad faith and promise of revolutio [...]

    • This is the latest example of why I've become disenchanted with the longlisted Booker Prize nominees. There is a lot of great writing that comes out of India, but this, although winner of other awards, falls short. Sadly. That isn't to say it doesn't begin strongly, it does, with harrowing descriptions in first person by Nomi of her family's having been attacked and dispersed. Although it is not specified, the fact that she is purportedly saved by boat leads me to believe, given the timeframe, t [...]

    • At the heart of the story is an ashram that was led by a powerful, politically linked guru, and the abuse and torture of orphaned or war-affected children who were being brought up there as his wards. The connivance of many other adults who are not merely mute witnesses but active participants to this torture, puts a gruesome, frightening edge to the story. There is an excruciating feeling that the reader knows where this is heading and yet, with every page turned, dreads the revelation. There i [...]

    • left me hangingThe story telling was excellent throughout the book and story was interesting in the beginning but became boring eventually. There were many characters related to each other in some or other way. I kept reading with a hope that it will be revealed soon in next chapters and guess what? the story ended. I got really disappointed when I discovered that some of the important characters were not justified at all. I speculated that this book would not have a happy ending but it just lef [...]

    • A great beginning to a banal story. This one was a book I was extremely excited to read when the list for the Man Booker was announced, sadly, it did not grab me after the first 50 pages. If all you have left is sentimentality for your characters going on, then the book is not that great, a character needs more than to rely on sympathy for them to be good characters. Jen Campbell did a better job than me reviewing this book: youtube/watch?v=N-53w

    • I didn't really enjoy this one and I had such high hopes for it. Roy's beautiful writing was unfortunately over powered by symbolism and too many characters being weaved in and out of the story. If you're really interested in reading it do it for her descriptive emotional writing style. This is what I loved the most about it. Love the cover of the book though. Well executed that idea!

    • Jarmuli radiated outward to Asia, the world, the solar system, the universe – it was every child's incantation in school, and even now, when he wanted to be out of the reach of his aunt and uncle, he dreamed of living on Jupiter and sleeping under its many moons.Sleeping on Jupiter begins with an emotional gutpunch: An idyllic day of picking fruit with her brother in their jungle yard is shattered for Nomi, forever frozen in her mind as before.When the pigs were slaughtered for their meat they [...]

    • Przeszłość to obcy kraj. Tam wiele rzeczy robi się inaczej. L.P. Hartley (z książki Posłaniec)Trzy panie w pewnym wieku, Vidya, Gauri i Latika wyjeżdżają na pięciodniową wycieczkę, a raczej pielgrzymkę, do Dżarmuli, średniowiecznego miasta – świątyni, usytuowanej nad brzegiem morza nad Zatoką Bengalską. Przyjaciółki troszczą się nawzajem o siebie i dzielą, z humorem oraz współczuciem, doświadczeniami z wakacji. Gauri ma problem z pamięcią, ale Latika czuwa nad prz [...]

    • Anuradha Roy’s Sleeping on Jupiter, long listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, got off to a very strong start. The story takes place in India. It begins with the young child Nomi retelling the traumatic events of her childhood: her father’s brutal murder, the disappearance of her brother, and her mother’s desertion. Abandoned on the seashore, Nomi is abducted to an ashram in Jarmuli where she spends the next several years as a virtual prisoner and victim of child sexual assault. She manage [...]

    • 2-2.5 starsSleeping on Jupiter follows a series of characters through their week in a temple town in India called Jarmuli. The characters are connected through a tea stand that they all visit during their stay. I enjoyed reading about some of the characters but others were not compelling in the least.Nomi - she is effectively the main character throughout the text, even though it does alternate around others. I found her story to be the best told and most compelling out of all of them. We follow [...]

    • Exquisetly written and totally evocative of modern day India, still caught it would seem between the demands of the consumerist 21st century, and the deep rooted spiritulism at the core of what India is all about. I loved the writing, the drawing of the characters, the small and minute detail of each of them and the exchanges that take place between them. Amidst the chaos of modern day India, it is the intimacy of the relationships between people, the ties that bind, that stand out so much in th [...]

    • Novel set in India (the author talks to us about her choice of setting)Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015As yet I have never been to India, but this book makes me want to book my ticket to “Jarmuli” (wherever that is, see the author’s comments below) and see if I can find the characters portrayed in the book.Anuradha has a rare talent of allowing the reader to feel that one has met them. The three ladies of a certain age who have travelled to Jarmuli, a temple town by the sea, Gouri, [...]

    • অদ্ভুত অদ্ভুতনির্মম একটা লেখাযা পড়তে পড়তে আরো ভালো করে বোঝা যাই এই ঠুনকো সমাজের বিভিন্ন দিক গুলো.আরো পরিষ্কার হয়ে ওঠার মানুষের জীবনে প্রেম,ভালোবাসা,একাকিত্ব,নিষ্ঠুরতা আজ কোনো জায়গায় এসে দ [...]

    • "Already too many snatched of other people's lives were stored inside her, the built up sediments from which bits and pieces floated up at times, into her dreams."The beauty of Anuradha's writing comes from the experience of the sounds, the smells and the visions which bring the nostalgia alive. Reader can experience the music of sea waves from afar, the music of temple bells, the smell of fish and garbage dumped on the beaches, the noise and clamour of a small temple town in India by the sea, t [...]

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