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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. G. Vassanji Narrator: Firdous Bamji Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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A two-time winner of the Giller Prize, M. G. Vassanji pens richly evocative fiction of the highest order.

The Assassin's Song is the story of Karsan Dargawalla, who leaves India for a new life before attempting to come to terms with his heritage - and the father he left behind. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Dahlman | 2/20/2014

    " I just was not digging this book at all. I got 3 or 4 chapters in and that was all I could handle. I found the writing was very pretty but the story it self was just so dull (if that makes sense) usually by chapter 3 or 4 you'd expect to be starting to get a feel for the characters in the book but I found I hardly knew anything about the characters, and I certainly didn't care about any of them. I don't know maybe if I would have kept reading but I didn't like the authors style of writing it was just to poetic for me sort of like "Life of Pi" where everything has to have some hidden meaning. I'm not sure if that makes sense but anyway this was just not my cup of tea, it defiantly wasn't the kind of book I'd normally buy I got it from my mother in law and thought I'd give it a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/18/2014

    " The beginning of this book was difficult, but after the first 100 pages it became much more understandable and easy. While I had mixed feelings about this book, it was the basis for one of the best books discussion my reading group has ever had. The author perhaps tried to cover too much, but the questions he raised were thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 2/13/2014

    " difficult at times but he sure writes well. definitely worth reading if India is of interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abhishek Achal | 2/12/2014

    " A slow moving story. But will keep you tied up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ash Mishra | 2/9/2014

    " Its vivid and has some thoughtful moments, but the start is a tedious read. The core of the book gets interesting, but then climaxes rather early and falls flat. This surprised me - it almost felt as if the author got tired of writing, and wanted to get to his predetermined conclusion (moral/lesson to teach) faster. The ending was better and resumed some form of meaning. The book does have deep meaning -it's not for everyone though, especially those without an understanding or interest in buddhism (or spirituality free of religion) and nationalism / history of India. I rate it 3 stars for furthering the cause of spirituality, and 0.5 stars for the history lesson and entertainment value. Quite a bit of the book's value will be lost to those of non-Indian heritage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/30/2014

    " Fine fictional autobiography of an Indian man's journey from poverty to affluence, from east to west, from religious apathy to belief, maybe. Somewhat of a history lesson thrown in. Worthy of a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/28/2014

    " M.G. Vassanji is a wonderful story teller and it is no surprise that he has previously won two Gillers. The story of Karsan Dargawalla unravels as Vassanji takes you back and forth from the present to events of many years ago, but mostly at the time of the Partition. Karsan is next in line to assume the lordship of a shrine to the ancient Muslim mystic, Nur Fazal. This shrine came to be visited by both Muslims and Hindus, Christians and Sikhs, and many of no affiliation. The Sufi, Nur Fazal, aspired to the concept of Brahman, the Universal Soul that encompasses everything. Karsan, however, aspires to be 'normal' and live in the real world. This conflict adds much to the story, and one can empathize with Karsan throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 1/11/2014

    " This book is the story of the son of a temple keeper in 1960s India. There is a wonderful sense of village life, ancient Sufi traditions, and the conflicts of war with China and Pakistan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/1/2014

    " I get the literary merit. The story was a bore, however, done a million times before: son rejects father and father's ways, runs away to start new life, prodigal son returns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny Pasichnyk | 12/6/2013

    " Great book. A little glimpse into a world of a different culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brevan | 11/29/2013

    " The book provided a glimpse into the Hindi religion and India's history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenna | 7/25/2013

    " I probably would have liked this book a lot more if I'd known there was a glossary in the back and if I knew a little more about Indian, Pakistani, Hindu, and/or Muslim history... I was kind of lost most of the time. Still, it was interesting and I learned a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tenli | 7/25/2013

    " Another amazing exploration of identity and loneliness by this marvel of a writer. It starts slowly but then it soars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 6/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed "The In-Between World of Vikram Lall" so I was looking forward to this. But, I just couldn't get into this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 5/26/2013

    " Very dry, had a hard time finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 4/23/2013

    " This is another great read from MG Vassanji, although I think his "The In-Between World of Vikram Lall" was more riveting. This is a good story for reflection on fate versus freedom of experience. By going away, you get to come home and find yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/28/2013

    " Not an easy read, but definitely interesting. A haunting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanjay | 3/26/2013

    " Quietly and sensitively written, but the evocative first half is let down by the more matter-of-fact second. Besides, apart from the usual liberal pieties, there's unfortunately nothing new on offer. It's as though the effort to be topical drains the imagination, alas. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stuart | 1/22/2013

    " Looked promising, and started out interesting enough, but I quickly lost patience with the author's overblown prose style and oh-so-obvious plot telegraphy. Finished the requisite 100 pages (my standard), and it only got less interesting after that. Forget it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marvin | 12/24/2012

    " There was nothing identifiably bad about this book, but after 75 pages neither the story nor the characters had captured my interest, so I bailed out. Narrated by the heir of a traditional spiritual leader in India, it was, I guess, a story of Hindu-Muslim conflict. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 7/17/2012

    " I didn't actually finish reading this book. (it was due back at the library today & there are 95 people in line waiting for it) I probably would have finished it if I could have renewed it, but I wasn't enjoying it so much that I was willing to pay library fines for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 4/24/2011

    " Pretty good. Got some insights about India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 3/23/2011

    " Very dry, had a hard time finishing it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brevan | 2/9/2011

    " The book provided a glimpse into the Hindi religion and India's history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlin | 3/16/2009

    " Another book that combines the mystical and the ordinary. It is about the life of an Indian boy who is the next Avatar of a great Indian saint. Perfectly captures the struggles of ancient versus modern Indian in the coming of age story of a man searching for a faith that can carry him through "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenna | 11/3/2008

    " I probably would have liked this book a lot more if I'd known there was a glossary in the back and if I knew a little more about Indian, Pakistani, Hindu, and/or Muslim history... I was kind of lost most of the time. Still, it was interesting and I learned a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 8/16/2008

    " This book is the story of the son of a temple keeper in 1960s India. There is a wonderful sense of village life, ancient Sufi traditions, and the conflicts of war with China and Pakistan. "

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About the Narrator

Firdous Bamji has appeared in numerous plays in New York and across the country and played the title role in William Shakespeare’s Othello. He has played leading parts in world and American premiere productions of plays by noted playwrights, including Tom Stoppard, Tony Kushner, Eric Bogosian, and Rebecca Gilman. He has also had guest starring parts on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, and he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film The War Within.