𝐈𝐭 𝐑𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭
𝐁𝐲 𝐁𝐮𝐝𝐝𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐚 𝐁𝐨𝐬𝐞
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 : 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬
𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 : 𝟏𝟒𝟒
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 : 𝟏𝟓𝐭𝐡 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟎 (𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝟏𝟗𝟔𝟕)
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞 : 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 : 𝟐𝟐𝐅𝐞𝐛 -𝟐𝟕𝐅𝐞𝐛 (𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏)
I read this book just wanted to know what exactly made the Govt. ban this book in the 1960s.
Yes... Banned, when it was first published in Bengali in 1967 on charges of obscenity, 'Rat Bhore Brishti' or 'It Rained All Night' written by Buddadeva Bose translated by Clinton B Seeley is a stunning example of a book way ahead of its time.
The book has this unique concept of telling the story from both the husband and wife’s perspective. When you first read it from the wife's viewpoint you can’t help but feel sympathy for her but in the next chapter the husband narrates his part of the story and you end up feeling pity for the husband. At the end you really can’t make out as to who is the proverbial “complete jerk” in this whole sham called marriage.” A snapped wire can never be made whole again” and this is how the book ends on a note of hope but without any near reconciliation in sight.
Maloti, married to Nayanangshu for 12 years, finds herself drawn to his friend Jayanto who is the polar opposite of her husband. A tale of love, desire , infidelity and deception, set on the night that Maloti succumbing to her desire sleeps with Jayanto, the couple recall the instances leading up to the affair. 5 alternative chapters lead us into the minds of Maloti and Angshu, both are right, both are wrong .. and both are to be blamed.
I sort of sided with each when they put forth their viewpoints, but if I am asked to choose sides, I would tilt towards Maloti, as she seems to be the more normal of the couple, who just sought love and companionship, which was not provided by her husband.I love how the narration is alternated between Maloti and Nayonangshu, each telling us their side of the story, and how the reader feels at the same time a third party voyeur and a closely involved part of the story. So simple, yet so powerful. So natural, yet so devastating. Life, marriage, relations and fascination all showcased together with great skill. And writing was excellent.
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