Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

The two books we voted for at the March meetup were this one and A Prayer for Owen Meany.

heres a bit about this book

huklaji Street, in Old Bombay. In Rashid's opium room the air is thick with voices and ghosts: Hindu, Muslim, Christian. A young woman holds a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her eyes. Men sprawl and mutter in the gloom. Here, they say you introduce only your worst enemy to opium. There is an underworld whisper of a new terror: the Pathar Maar, the stone killer, whose victims are the nameless, invisible poor. In the broken city, there are too many to count.


Stretching across three decades, with an interlude in Mao's China, it portrays a city in collision with itself. With a cast of pimps, pushers, poets, gangsters and eunuchs, it is a journey into a sprawling underworld written in electric and utterly original prose.


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  • Lainie N.

    scored an average 5.5 out of 10 - seems that most people felt it was written well but couldn't get into it.

    May 6, 2014

  • Cecilia

    Im stuck in a work meeting so not going to make it I think sorry :(

    April 24, 2014

    • Lainie N.

      Oh no let me know what you would rate it out of ten x

      April 24, 2014

    • Cecilia

      I though it was strange im not sure if I actually liked it or not I think I need to reread it! but I would say like 5/10

      April 25, 2014

  • Lucy T.

    Hey guys, sorry I didn't make it tonight. Lot on but look forward to the next one. Am halfway through but enjoying it so far. Lx

    April 24, 2014

    • Lainie N.

      No worries, see you next month! X

      April 24, 2014

  • Helen M.

    Im just waiting for an electrician so not sure gonna make it. If I do make it I will probably be bit late. Shame as would be interested what everyone thought of this one. X

    April 24, 2014

    • Helen M.

      Sorry to not have made it. I sort of liked it and didn't like it. I think I would give it a 7.

      April 24, 2014

    • Lainie N.

      Most people seem to have the same, I think it's one of those books that's probably better the second time round. See you next month! X

      April 24, 2014

  • Lainie N.

    Dammit just missed the bus be a little bit late x

    April 24, 2014

  • Helen M.

    Hi folks

    April 24, 2014

  • Helen M.

    Hi folks

    April 24, 2014

  • Lainie N.

    Hey guys, going to meet in The Prince Regent nearest tube Brixton, bus route 196 and train Herne Hill the address is 69 Dulwich Road London SE24 0NJ
    Give me a call or text on[masked] if you get stuck. See you tomorrow! x

    April 23, 2014

  • Ruby

    Amazing book. Read it a couple of months ago. Sorry I can't make the meetup

    April 20, 2014

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