The Village

The Village Ray a young British Asian woman arrives in the afternoon heat of a small village in India She has come to live there for several months to make a documentary about the place For this is no ordinary I

  • Title: The Village
  • Author: Nikita Lalwani
  • ISBN: 9780670917082
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ray, a young British Asian woman arrives in the afternoon heat of a small village in India She has come to live there for several months to make a documentary about the place For this is no ordinary Indian village the women collecting water at the well, the men chopping wood in the early morning light have all been found guilty of murder The village is an open prison.Ray, a young British Asian woman arrives in the afternoon heat of a small village in India She has come to live there for several months to make a documentary about the place For this is no ordinary Indian village the women collecting water at the well, the men chopping wood in the early morning light have all been found guilty of murder The village is an open prison Ray is accompanied by two British colleagues and, as the days pass, they begin to get closer to the lives of the inhabitants of the village And then it feels too close As the British visitors become desperate for a story, the distinction between innocence and guilt, between good intentions and horrifying results becomes horribly blurred.Set in a village modelled on a real life open prison in India, The Village is a gripping story about manipulation and personal morality, about how truly frail our moral judgement can be Nikita Lalwani has written a dazzling, heartfelt and disturbing novel which delivers on all the promise of her first.

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    1. The eye-catching cover of this novel was for me, ultimately the best part about it. I really struggled to maintain any interest in the plot and I thoroughly disliked all of the characters. Though the book poses some interesting questions and examines some very thought-provoking themes throughout, I found its pace to be ploddingly slow and the story as a whole, incredibly dry, which is a shame as its premise sounded really appealing.Ray, an Asian-British film-maker arrives at a small Indian villa [...]

    2. Unlikeable characters in an unfocused book…This is one of those books that I so wanted to like but simply couldn’t. A BBC crew filming a documentary in an experimental prison village in India promised drama and emotion in an interesting location. Instead we have stereotyped and cardboard protagonists, a group of indistinguishable prisoners trotting out their clichéd sad stories of injustice on demand and, despite every piece of landscape, clothing and food being described in minute and some [...]

    3. „Селото“ на убийците: azcheta/seloto-nikita-lalv„Селото“ не е обемен роман, но въпреки това се чете доста бавно. Лалвани пише някак вглъбено, стилът ѝ е по-нестандартен и изисква малко повече съсредоточване. Нищо не е поднесено на тепсия, а някои моменти направо те карат да се питаш: „ [...]

    4. There are books that entertain by virtue of their storyline or narrative. There are books that seduce us with aesthetic images and the beauty of the prose. There are books that challenge our preconceptions and give us a new perspective on the world. And there are occasionally books that manage to do all three. The Village by Nikita Lalwani is one of those books.As the title suggest this book is about a village. But this is not an ordinary village. In fact it is an open prison where all the inmat [...]

    5. I thought the novel had a lot of potential, but nothing really came of it. The author did a good job in setting the scene and building up the tension that the main character Ray was feeling, but there was no pay off until the very endHowever, by this point I was long past caring. It's a shame because it could have been a gripping story, but the overriding emotion for me was boredom. I loved the description of the village and the people, the author really made Ashwer come alive with the descripti [...]

    6. Meh. Esto es lo que pasa cuando eliges un libro por su portada bonita y colorida (que es lo más me ha gustado del libro la verdad)

    7. Започва скучно, върви скучно, но поне завършва с нещо малко, та да не си напълно недоволен. Идеята на романа е оригинална и заинтригуваща, но не успява да те накара да почувстваш истински живота на това малко затворническо на свободен решим село. Твърде си зает да четеш абсур [...]

    8. Hmmm I think I'm still digesting this one. Struggling with a main protagonist who I'm sure I'm meant to dislike, but can see no redeeming features in and who seems a little trite. And yet there are so many things here to like. The prisoners stories are told with poignancy and empathy and the characters are, on the whole, beautifully developed. I just can't decide on how I feel at the end of it

    9. [DISCLAIMER: I WON THIS IN A GIVEAWAY]I did not like this book. I didn't really like it much at all. It was difficult to get into, hard to follow along with, and the characters were ridiculous to the point of absurdity.A good idea, but poor follow-through.Edit 7/22/2013 - "Unfocused." That was the word I was looking for. There was no focus to the book at all.

    10. I expected a lot more from this book - A film crew documenting an open prison promised drama splashed with heavy and conflicting emotions. I unfortunately lost interest very early on and only got through it with the hope of something to grasp my attention - this only happened in the last few chapters in the book. The characters were weak and underdeveloped in my opinion, the story dragged on with pages of unimportant, over descriptive fluff. Found myself skimming through chapters rather than tak [...]

    11. 3.5 stars for this one. An enjoyable read but quite short and I think maybe because of this I found it lacking in depth - the characters were all very superficial and either shallow or naive. I also expected more of a sense of danger considering the setting and was disappointed that most of the tension came from the visiting crew sniping at each other rather than the situation or the unfolding story. Kept me interested though, and I liked the way it ended.

    12. Ray is a BBC programme maker of Indian descent who travels to the sub-continent to make a film about a radical open prison. The prison is one where the inmates, all of whom are killers, are free to work in the outside world, and can have their families living with them. It is the Village of the title. On her journey she is accompanied by fellow film maker Serena, and by the planned programme's presenter, ex-convict Nathan.Through the story , and as the documentary is put together, we learn the h [...]

    13. Less would have been much, much more Nikita Lalwani, *The Village*The concept of The Village is intriguing. Set in an innovative open prison in India, the novel centres on Ray Bhuller, a member of a BBC team’ Ray is torn between her remit as director of an episode of a series documenting life in prison and her wish to preserve the dignity of the village members, in particular, the female inmates. The novel makes compelling reading – a superb achievement, given that, like her heroine, Lalwani [...]

    14. Ray Bhullar, a British-Asian Woman, who works for BBC, lands up in a small village in India to shoot a documentary. Her colleagues, Serena and Nathan are accompanying her on this trip. As they settle down and get comfortable in the lifestyle of the village, they get a chance to know and learn more about their inhabitants more closely. What’s unique about this village, that prompted BBC to make the documentary in the first place, is the fact that this village is actually a prison. Yes, you hear [...]

    15. This novel is set in southern India, in a unique prison, an open village. All the prisoners have been found guilty of murder and have exhibited good behaviour in traditional prisons, allowing them the opportunity to come here for the remainder of their sentence. Their families live here with them (a requirement), and they learn skills that are transferable to their future life. They may work outside the Village, even start their own businesses. The local governor is behind the project, having co [...]

    16. I didn't like Nikita Lalwani's Gifted. I thought it unconvincingly done. But then again, it had a young adult protagonist and the tired old theme of a confused second generation immigrant. The Village is set in India where the author is originally from, and has a documentary filming at heart, and the author was (still is?) part of the BBC family. It had to be better, right? Unfortunately, wrong. I can't believe the amount of naïveté shown by the main character Ray Bhullar, the director of the [...]

    17. Imagine a prison where the walls are no more than a couple of feet high, low enough for a child to climb. A prison, where each “cell” looks like any local house with kitchen and bathroom facilities and room for an entire family to live and sleep. A prison where inmates live with their families, earn a living, and don’t want to escape.In India, this is not a futuristic dream but reality. Dozens of such prison villages exist and have a remarkable track record of extremely low escape and reci [...]

    18. One thing that immediately jumped out at me about this book was how well Lalwani evokes the atmosphere of the village and uses it to reflect on the plot too: it's hot, uncomfortable and tense, which seems to reflect the relationship between the characters. Ray often seems conscious of lack of privacy, and there's a lot of reference to her watching some of the villagers as well as she and her colleagues being watched. I found this interesting in that it seems to reverse the whole role of the view [...]

    19. Ray Bhullar is a young (in her twenties) director for the BBC, undertaking her first documentary film at Ashwer open prison in India. She is accompanied by Serena, her producer, who is in her thirties and much more confident than the unsure and idealistic Ray. Their presenter is Nathan, who has spent much of his life in and out of prison in England for armed robbery. All are intrigued by Ashwer compound, where all the prisoners are murderers, allowed to live with their families and work outside [...]

    20. I read this book because a friend recommended and lent it to me. The first thing I take away from it is that is very short. It is about a group of BBC journalists attempting to make a documentary for a BBC series about prisons, and this one is set in an open prison in India. Some of the characters are compelling, such as Ray (the director) and a couple of the inhabitants of the village, especially Nandini. However the other two journalists, the presenter and the producer, just come across as rat [...]

    21. The Village by Nikita Lalwani is about a three person BBC crew sent to Ashwer, India to film a television documentary on a unique prison structure. Ashwer is a community, a city, in fact, of convicts, all convicted of committing murder. These convicts are allowed to work and live with their families so they continue to contribute to society and to the care of their spouses and/or children. Ray, the main protagonist, is a mid-twenties female, who happens to be British and of Indian descent, speak [...]

    22. Where to startThere are a number of things about The Village that make it an engaging, thought provoking read. The sociologist in me geeked out on the village itself, an experimental prison meant to rehabilitate rather than punish. The warden's thoughts on how flawed the penal system is and how this prison will cut recidivism would have made for a lively debate in any one of my college courses.The other main draw was Ray. I saw her more as a videographer than a director, someone who views film a [...]

    23. Преди повече от 10 години Никита Лалвани посещава уникални място, което остава в мислите й дълго време и води до написването на „Селото“. Държавата е Индия и става въпрос за едно нетрадиционно село. Границите му се охраняват, има си управител и жителите му имат вечерен час, [...]

    24. I received a copy of the village from Random House Publishing, via NetGalley, in return for an honest review. THE VILLAGE is the story of one woman's journey to self-awareness, or at least, away from self-delusion. In this novel we meet Ray Bhullar, a woman of ethnic Indian origin, but British citizenship. Ray and a production crew of two others from the BBC have travelled to India to a film a story. Here, in seemingly familiar units - working, sleeping, living, loving - are families. The differ [...]

    25. Anglo-Indian director Ray Bhullar arrives at the Indian village of Ashwer to make a documentary for the BBC. Ashwer’s inhabitants are mostly ordinary folk, but for one detail: a member of each family has killed someone. This village is an open prison, whose inmates are allowed to live with their families; it’s had no reoffenders, and only one (unsuccessful) escape attempt. Ray’s aim is to make a film that will allow her British audience to appreciate the people of Ashwer as they really are [...]

    26. A novel with a fascinating premise, an author highly skilled at creating vivid scenes & characters, and a terrific ending that highlights most significant themes the book chooses to explore. The premise: A BBC crew of 3 travels to India to a unique penal experiment, where all the inmates are convicted murderers, yet they are allowed (well, required, actually) to live relatively freely in community with their families, and can even leave the community for work as long as they're back from sun [...]

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