Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar

Immigrant, Montana

Amitava Kumar

AK describes the joys and disappointments of his immigrant experience in New York, the unfamiliar political and social textures of campus life, and the very different natures of the women he loved.

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The author of the widely praised Lunch with a Bigot now gives us a remarkable novel--reminiscent of Teju Cole, W. G. Sebald, John Berger--about a young new immigrant to the United States in search of love: across dividing lines between cultures, between sexes, and between the particular desires of one man and the women he comes to love.

The young man is Kailash, from India. His new American friends call him Kalashnikov, AK-47, AK. He takes it all in his stride: he wants to fit in--and more than that, to shine. In the narrative of his years at a university in New York, AK describes the joys and disappointments of his immigrant experience; the unfamiliar political and social textures of campus life; the indelible influence of a charismatic professor--also an immigrant, his personal history as dramatic as AK's is decidedly not; the very different natures of the women he loved, and of himself in and out of love with each of them. Telling his own story, AK is both meditative and the embodiment of the enthusiasm of youth in all its idealism and chaotic desires. His wry, vivid perception of the world he's making his own, and the brilliant melding of story and reportage, anecdote and annotation, picture and text, give us a singularly engaging, insightful, and moving novel--one that explores the varieties and vagaries of cultural misunderstanding, but is, as well, an impassioned investigation of love.


Advance Galley Reviews

Not a book for me. Hard to read and understand.

This really doesn't have anything to do with Montana. It does have to do with immigrants. It reads kind of like a memoir, but is a novel. The main character is a young man from India...he's a writer, a teaching assistant at a college, & seeking love. There's a cultural aspect relating to India, China, Pakistan....some characters are from those countries. I thought it was kind of confusing when he started getting into his writing ideas, research, & then offering a political/historical aspect.....of which I don't know if there's a speck of truth in it???? Really ended up losing my interest in the last third of the book.... I received this e-ARC from Penguin's First-To-Read giveaway program in return for my own honest review.

Not what I expected the book to be. I am always curious about the immigrant experience and this book has plenty to share. It's a novel but it made it seem like it was autobiographical with plenty of footnotes and images. The author gets lost meandering on so many things (love foremost, family, historical events...) it's jarring. It definitely has its audience, but sadly not for me.

I've written a few times to tell you that I cannot download this title. Adobe Digital editions indicates that there is an "activation error." The issue is *not* with Adobe, as I am able to download eBooks from Edelweiss, NetGalley, bookstores, and the library. I'll have to wait to read this book when it's published. Thank you so much for selecting me for an early copy. This is one of my most anticipated books of the summer.

The writing bored me from the beginning. Although the plot is exciting and interesting, the author didn’t communicate in a clear enough manner. Rather disappointed overall, but interested enough by the plot to possibly recommend to a friend.

 


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