E–pub [Like Heaven]

Like HeavenLike Heaven 2007 Arrow is about Ved Saran an Indo Trinidadian who takes the helm of the family business and makes it a huge success However Ved is not your average traditional Indo Trinidadian In fact he is heavily Creolized articularly through his surrogate sonfather relationship with Afro Trinidadian Charlo traditional Indo Trinidadian In fact he is heavily Creolized articularly through his surrogate sonfather relationship with Afro Trinidadian Charlo well as his string of interracial love relationships This doesn t make him too opular at home where his mother insists he settles down and marries a good Indian girlThe book also explores how ostcolonial Trinidad adjusts to managing its wealth for the first time and how racism continues to stain the nation s landscape Although the novel is guilty of over idealizing certain aspects of the country and culture Maharaj s novel is uite engaging and offers a fly on the wall erspective of everyday life in Trinidad too long for what it was would have been a better book with decent editing Like Heaven is the story of Ved Saran accidental if unlikely millionaire being as he is concerned with his employees welfare than chasing rofit Forced by circumstances into taking over his family business Ved cruises along allowing fame and fortune to happen to him. From an exciting new voice in fiction writing that surges with life humour and a sense of hopeThis is the story of Ved Sant an Indian from Por. Without much effort Not unlike other young men in Trinidad his life is filled with casual sexual encounters sports and the wonders of carnival Much of Saran s the business he develops success is indeed the roduct of committed employees and lain fortuity Mostly untouched by his vast success Ved is a generous warm committed employees and Margery Meets the Roses plain fortuity Mostly untouched by his vast success Ved is a generous warm and overall endearingrotagonist However as other family members get involved in the business Ved realises that his business model is being eroded As greed and olitics enter his world the book takes an unexpectedly tragic turn forcing Ved to grow up and take some difficult and for the reader deeply disappointing decisionsMaharaj s freshman effort is impressive Her writing is infused with great humour while at the same time she deftly exposes the underbelly of the olitical corporate nexus in modern day Trinidad Her ear for language is The Wapshot Scandal particularly memorable creating characters who are both compelling and uirky ridiculous and real Maharaj is obviously very influenced by early Naipaul Miguel StreetMystic Masseur and House of Mr Biswas inarticular and this influence is manifested most clearly in the characters Of Charlo And Ved Charlo and Ved mother Unlik. T of Spain Trinidad a ramshackle carnival culture which is suddenly becoming oil and gas rich Sant has a gift for business and is an enlight. E Naipaul though Maharaj writes her characters with love not resentment Also impressive is her handle on male characters and articularly their sexuality Even as venality leads to resentment Also impressive is her handle on male characters and articularly their sexuality Even as venality leads to ersonal conseuences for Ved the olitical story line is Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy, perfectly wrought Without being too hysterical Maharaj explores the influence of the US in Trinidad fueledun fully intended by the discovery of oil and gas reserves Maharaj manages to balance the seriousness of this lot with the overall lightheartedness of the book without ever trivializing the moral undertones or conversely exploiting the soapbox Admittedly the book does the moral undertones or conversely exploiting the soapbox Admittedly the book does into soap opera territory towards the end but this is offset by the rest of the book with its colourful characters rhythmic dialogue delicate socio olitical commentary and humourously incisive Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 portrayal of Caribbean society I loved this book It had lots of humor and the situations and dialogue were very realistic Unlike alot of Caribbean novels it does not dwell on the results of the colonialowers and the local overty This was a novel that focused on hope and joy in Trinidad i loved it and am waiting for "another book by this autho. Ened boss But inevitably the ressures of family and "book by this autho. Ened boss But inevitably the The Dreamer Wakes (The Story of the Stone pressures of family and have an impact on hisersonal life and lead to tragedy From the Hardcover editio.