Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? Trouble is, nothing they do and nothing happens to them in England is remotely as interesting as their Indian pasts and these sections are tedious. Exposes some of the truly unpleaseant aspects of Indian society, Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2015. 'So rich, so absorbing . The Year of the Runaways is most engaging when Sahota deftly walks us through the minutiae of life in India's poorer towns and villages and the realities that compel Indians from the recesses of India to leave behind all that is familiar in terms of place and people for an equally wretched experience in the west. There was a problem loading your book clubs. She is not a migrant but herself British and her dilemmas and subsequent growth and sensitively rendered. What leads to them coming here, how do they live, and is it worth it in the end? The bright spot (and the main reason to read this book) is the story of Najinder, the female lead. You'll love this emotionally gripping tale of oppression and resilience set in the Deep South. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I had not appreciated the sheer and irrational hatred this class evokes amongst some higher caste Indians. I'm glad I read this, but don't really see how/why it wound up on the Man/Booker shortlist. Please try again. The book also describes very graphically the brutal and terrifying life of the illegal immigrant. If you've ever wondered, this novel is a great place to start. I found myself completely gripped by it, and willing a better life for these poor people. It certainly asks you to rethink your views about "economic migrants". Previous page of related Sponsored Products. A brilliant and beautiful novel' Guardian. There's a problem loading this menu right now. There is still far too much mystery surrounding each of them, their choices, the motivations behind them or what dreams they seem to be pursuing aside from earning money to send back home. I had not appreciated the sheer and irrational hatred this class evokes amongst some higher caste Indians. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Helpful. Try again. I needed a little while to assimilate the Indian words in the English text but they are guessable in their context. It's as if the author is simply uninterested in what happens to them in Britain. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness. This book was meant for gift but the cover is torn from the book. Approved third parties also use these tools in connection with our display of ads. I loved this book. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2020. Their interactions with each other don't seem to drive the plot forward either. She has her own reasons for trying to help him. Trouble is, nothing they do and nothing happens to them in England is remotely as interesting as their Indian pasts and these sections are tedious. One credit a month to pick any title from our entire premium selection to keep (you’ll use your first credit now). Sold and delivered by Audible, an Amazon company. It is a moving novel and one that made me feel quite uncomfortable in my secure and pleasant life. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. She is not a migrant but herself British and her dilemmas and subsequent growth and sensitively rendered. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. It certainly asks you to rethink your views about "economic migrants". What leads to them coming here, how do they live, and is it worth it in the end? The Grim Reality of Both the Caste System and Illegal Immigration. It is a moving novel and one that made me feel quite uncomfortable in my secure and pleasant life. Please try your request again later. I needed a little while to assimilate the Indian words in the English text but they are guessable in their context. Please try your request again later. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Please try again. I think maybe it had one or two characters that were slightly superfluous to the story, but overall I'd recommend. Sorry to say, the ending is also very limp --- as if Sahota simply didn't know how to end it. I loved this book. The book also describes very graphically the brutal and terrifying life of the illegal immigrant. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There's a lot to like about this book but it ultimately disappoints. For me it was almost up there with A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry in depicting the grueling hardships of life in India, and the cruelties of the caste system. I had not appreciated the sheer and irrational hatred this class evokes amongst some higher caste Indians. An epic for our times, MADDADDAM TRILOGY BOX: Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; Maddaddam, The Pearl of Penang: Winner of the 2020 Selfies Adult Fiction Prize, A Slave of the Shadows (The Livingston Legacy Book 1), The Honors Jacket: The War Fought in the Heartland, Merchants of Virtue: A Historical Fiction Novel (The Huguenot Connection Book 1). I loved this book. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2016. The Grim Reality of Both the Caste System and Illegal Immigration. The characters are well drawn and mainly likable, if shockingly naive, but driven by desperation much of the time. The author provides some most informative background to the various characters who are striving to work hard and succeed in the UK so that their families back home can survive the social disharmony there. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. For me it was almost up there with A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry in depicting the grueling hardships of life in India, and the cruelties of the caste system. Great characters in a story about immigration, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 April 2018. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick! I think maybe it had one or two characters that were slightly superfluous to the story, but overall I'd recommend. However, I'm glad I stuck with the story as it was a great read that made me think about all sorts of situations we hear about through the media. Redemption links and eBooks cannot be resold. It is frightening and depressing. Doesn't look pretty. Please try your request again later. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. An incredible story of dangerous and secret friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice. The characters are well drawn and mainly likable, if shockingly naive, but driven by desperation much of the time. Who are the human beings behind the headlines? I imagine that people who.should be reading this book won't but those who do will enjoy it if it's their kind of book. A Great Traditional Novel with Empathetic Characters and an Engrossing Plot, Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2016. Sunjeev Sahota's 'The Year of the Runaways' was therefore a very obvious choice for me. Buy The Year of the Runaways by Sahota, Sunjeev from Amazon's Fiction Books Store. The other side of the illegal immigrant story - moving and gripping, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2017. Sunjeev Sahota has written what I suspect will be finest novel of the year. . 3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven -- almost redeemed by a woman. What happened next became a legend. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. I think maybe it had one or two characters that were slightly superfluous to the story, but overall I'd recommend. My next pick would definitely be ours is the street. What if you could see the future? Three different young men have arrived in the UK in the hope of finding work and money for their families.