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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (976 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Manil Suri Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Following his spectacular debut novel, The Death of Vishnu, Manil Suri returns with a mesmerizing story of modern India, richly layered with themes from Hindu mythology. The Age of Shiva is at once a powerful story of a country in turmoil and an extraordinary portrait of maternal love.

Meera, the narrator, is seventeen years old when she catches her first glimpse of Dev, performing a song so infused with passion that it arouses in her the first flush of erotic longing. She wonders if she can steal him away from Roopa, her older, more beautiful sister, who has brought her along to see him.

When Meera’s reverie comes true, it does not lead to the fairy-tale marriage she imagined. She escapes her overbearing father only to find herself thrust into the male-dominated landscape of India after independence. Dev’s family is orthodox and domineering, his physical demands oppressive. His brother Arya lusts after her with the same intensity that fuels his right-wing politics. Although Meera develops an unexpected affinity with her sister-in-law Sandhya, the tenderness they share is as heartbreaking as it is fleeting.

It is only when her son is born that Meera begins to imagine a life of fulfillment. She engulfs him with a love so deep, so overpowering, that she must fear its consequences.

Meera’s unforgettable story, embodying Shiva as a symbol of religious upheaval, places The Age of Shiva among the most compelling novels to emerge from contemporary India.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exchanging sentimentality for clear vision, Suri reveals an immense humanity and a tenderness for women making their way in a world of men.”

    Kiran Desai, Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Inheritance of Loss

  • “Suri…shows a deft touch with the larger social canvas as well as with sensual details…An impressive portrait of an era.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A finely conceived, absorbing, and powerful book.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Suris vivid portrait of a woman in post-independence India engages timeless themes of self-determination.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bailey’s pace is deliberate and steady, except during the story’s few momentous events. In those moments, Bailey is true to Meera’s character, giving depth to her passion but holding it in check.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karima | 2/17/2014

    " This was a timely book for me since it focuses on the mother-son relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeet | 2/6/2014

    " beautiful book...reads well and characters are real and life like...the book has a sad feel to it but I enjoyed it and have recommended to fellow friends... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ming | 1/28/2014

    " A beautifully written book and a compelling story. And having read Death of Vishnu and this book now, I eagerly wait for his third book and any other writing from Suri. He's talented and a strong, poetic writer. The story in Age of Shiva is engaging and clever, keeping me interested and entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Monica | 1/28/2014

    " interesting. history stuff cool. good characters but not sure I understand all the mother/son stuff. Glad I read it though. "

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About the Author
Author Manil Suri

Manil Suri, a native of Mumbai, is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of The Death of Vishnu and the Age of Shiva, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.