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  • Title: The Red Book
  • Author: Meaghan Delahunt
  • ISBN: 9781847080028
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • Three strangers meet in Bhopal, India Francoise, an Australian photographer Naga, a Tibetan refugee, and Arkay, a Scottish alcoholic drawn to Buddhism Their stories are prompted by the photographs which Francoise assembles into an album The Red Book as testament to their time together.The photographs are witness to the traces they have left, the people they have beeThree strangers meet in Bhopal, India Francoise, an Australian photographer Naga, a Tibetan refugee, and Arkay, a Scottish alcoholic drawn to Buddhism Their stories are prompted by the photographs which Francoise assembles into an album The Red Book as testament to their time together.The photographs are witness to the traces they have left, the people they have been and the surprising connections between them in Delhi, Rajasthan, Varanasi, and above all, in Bhopal Twenty years earlier, a gas leak at Bhopal s Union Carbide factory killed thousands and the city s trauma reverberated through each of their lives Francoise struggles to successfully bear witness to the event which shaped her life s path Arkay is brought up against the old story of his discarded alcoholic life Naga fights his anger at his family s death Through their meeting in Bhopal and the relationship s that develop between them, each is led to an unexpected resolution of their restless personal search.Meaghan Delahunt s The Red Book beautifully realises the voices of its three narrators, showing how lives entwine and split apart, and the coincidences, connections and disruptions between people, places and lives It captures the irresistible lure of India for outsiders the promise of its spirituality and its layered history It is a meditation on the relations between East and West on spiritual and political perspectives on personal and collective responsibility written in vivide, imaginative and resonant language.
    The Red Book Three strangers meet in Bhopal India Francoise an Australian photographer Naga a Tibetan refugee and Arkay a Scottish alcoholic drawn to Buddhism Their stories are prompted by the photographs whi

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    1. The Red Book is attractively bound and well written, but I bought it cheap in a remaindered store So why wasn t it popular Perhaps just bad luck, or lack of promotion, but also perhaps because of the subject The Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal shamed the west the subsequent attempts to wriggle out of responsibility added further shame This, and the fact that the victims and their families have still not received any significant compensation, is an uncomfortable subject for most westerners.Dela [...]

    2. Kind of a two and a half stars While this book has its moments, I found it on the whole disappointing The author was making obvious efforts to create unique and interesting characters, but they seemed just contrived to me and left me cold The three narrators are very different people but speak with indistinguishable character voices The elements I was really interested in the process of photography, the Bhopal disaster, the monastic discipline were merely skimmed The descriptions were mostly pil [...]

    3. I read this about a week ago and it took me a little while to get into but once I did i quite enjoyed It was pretty easy reading and I enjoyed reading about the characters experiences in a culture that vastly differs from my own.I also found the different P.O.Vs really interesting and enriching to the story Having all of the characters separate lives and take on things really improved the story and I feel as if it was a better way to get to know each character and their backstories rather than i [...]

    4. The Red Book is a story of 3 different characters whose story gets intertwined in India The first is an Australian photographer who visits India to do some compilation on the Bhopal Gas Disaster.The second is a servant turned monk who loses his entire family in the disaster.The third is running from his life throughout and then turns into a monk.The parts of the story which covers the gas disaster are extremely touching and well written Its interesting, though being an Indian, I knew so less abo [...]

    5. Really enjoyed this book 3 main characters an Australian photographer, a Tibetan refugee and a Scottish alcoholic Set in India and largely in the city Bhopal 20 years after the gas disaster gas disaster is a real event which occured in 1984 Got a little bit confused from time to time as the narrators of the chapters switched between the 3 main characters A sort of love story, mixed in with some historical facts around Bhopal, mixed in with the individual stories of each characters Well worth rea [...]

    6. A gentle compassionate and confronting book.Francoise is an Australian photographer who goes to Bhopal to witness the continuing struggle twenty years after the accident that killed thousands.She meets Naga a Tibetan refugee who lost an entire family in the disaster ,and Arkay a Scottish traveller, an addict who has found solace in Buddhism.Francoise assembles photographs from these disparate lives time together and their lives in an album The Red Book.

    7. Ok, ok, I was throat lumped and teary eyed by the end In spite of not fully developing characters personalities, which gave me a feeling all through the story ies that I couldn t quite grasp onto anything perhaps that s part of the intent here I was ready to throw in the towel and not go on living I can t read things that are this sad Gimmee warning labels.

    8. I really enjoyed this lovely story about three people in India a Tibetan refugee, an Australian photographer and a Scottish alcoholic, united by their Buddhist practice and by their common interest in the gas disaster at Bhopal Wonderfully written and moving, with a lovely Dharmic perspective.

    9. It took me quite some time to finish this but I have to say that I enjoyed this book Even though there s only little romance, this book depicts the stories for each of the characters, their problems, their behaviours, and how they developed themselves thru the experiences.

    10. The seperate stories were really nice and interesting but when the stories come together it becomes a very beautiful and nice story The characters are very interesting.

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