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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,367 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aravind Adiga Narrator: Harsh Nayyar Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is an extraordinary crossroads of the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and of an India that modern literature has rarely addressed. 

A twelve-year-old boy named Ziauddin, a gofer at a tea shop near the railway station, is enticed into wrongdoing because a fair-skinned stranger treats him with dignity and warmth. George D’Souza, a mosquito-repellent sprayer, elevates himself to gardener and then chauffeur to the lovely, young Mrs. Gomes—and then loses it all when he attempts to be something more. A little girl’s first act of love for her father is to beg on the street for money to support his drug habit. A privileged schoolboy sets off an explosive in a Jesuit school classroom in protest against casteism. And the loneliest member of the Marxist-Maoist Party of India falls in love with the one young woman, in the poorest part of town, whom he cannot afford to wed. 

A blinding, brilliant, and brave mosaic of Indian life as it is lived in a place called Kittur, Between the Assassinations, with all the humor, sympathy, and unflinching candor of The White Tiger, showcases the most beloved aspects of Aravind Adiga’s writing to brilliant effect and enlarges our understanding of the world we live in today.  

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Further proves his talents for observation and pinpointing the complexity of modern India…Adiga blends pure and profane into a marvelous journey through Kittur, a city as indomitable and complex as India itself.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Teeming with life…It’s a gruesome picture of existence, and the small epiphanies hit like bricks from heaven.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Recalls fairy tales and folk parables…These provocative tales suggest that fiction illuminates truths beyond the reach of journalism.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Harsh Nayyar’s voice is as flexible as this narrative on modern life in India…He manages to keep up with the ambitious novel, which shifts continually as the story embraces an extended cast of characters and time frames, including nostalgic glances backward to the era of Gandhi and the Indian independence movement.”


  • “The stories are sharply tactile, and the city of Kittur is richly imagined. Once again, Adiga offers a panoramic view of India, this time by giving voices and names to the multitude.”


  • “Adiga captures the lives of the poor and powerless, doomed to hopelessness and sometimes rage…A stunning work; highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anselm Paul | 2/19/2014

    " Aravind Ardiga describes this town of Kittur so well that I thought it really existed. What a brilliant writer he is! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dina | 2/10/2014

    " Started reading it last fall, stopped on page 109. Finally picked it back up last week and finished it. I'm so glad to be done with it. The White Tiger was so much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jen | 2/9/2014

    " This was a harsh book. I don't mind that, but there was no apparent moral or purpose for all of the stories, which kind of bugs me. It was a series of short stories centered around one town, but the stories felt disconnected. I preferred his other book; I think it was "The White Tiger." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Zahreen | 2/9/2014

    " I was kind of disappointed, because this author won the Booker Prize last year, but this book wasn't nearly as good as I thought it would be. Of course, I haven't read "The White Tiger" and I am sure that will be more representative of his writing. This book was a definite sophomore slump though. "

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