The Impressionist

The Impressionist

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
At the age of fifteen, Pran Nath Razdan is thrown out onto the streets when the truth of his parentage is revealed, forcing him to re-invent himself over and over to survive as he journeys from Victorian India to Edwardian London where he learns to master his chameleon-like ability to transform himself into whoever and whatever he needs to fulfill his utmost desires. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Pran Nath Razdan, the boy who will become the Impressionist, was fathered in circuitous circumstances by an Englishman and passed off by his Indian mother as the child of her husband, a wealthy man of high caste. Growing up in luxury just downriver from the Taj Mahal, at fifteen the news of Pran's true parentage is revealed and he is tossed out into the street - a pariah and an outcast. Thus begins an extraordinary, near mythical journey of a young man who must invent himself to survive - not once, but many times.
Imprisoned in a brothel and dressed in women's clothes, his sensuous beauty is exploited as he is made to become Rukhsana, a pawn in a game between colony and empire. To a depraved British major he becomes Clive, an object of desire taught to be a model English schoolboy. Escaping to Bombay he begins a double life as Robert, dutiful foster child to a Scottish missionary couple, and as Pretty Bobby, errand boy and sometime pimp to the tawdry women of the city's most notorious district. But as political unrest begins to stir, Pran finds himself in the company of a doomed Englishman - an orphan named Jonathan Bridgeman. Having learned quickly that perception is a ready substitute for reality, Pran soon finds himself on a ship with Bridgeman's passport. First in London, then at Oxford, the Impressionist hones his chameleon-like skills, making himself whoever and whatever he needs to be to obtain what he desires.

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At the age of fifteen, Pran Nath Razdan is thrown out onto the streets when the truth of his parentage is revealed, forcing him to reinvent himself over and over to survive as he journeys from Victorian India to Edwardian London.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2002
Description: 383 p
ISBN: 9780525946427
052594642X
Branch Call Number: Kunz

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

A beautifully written, multilayered debut novel with a cast of fantastical characters and locales.

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uncommonreader
Sep 03, 2013

This is Kunzru's first novel and it does not really succeed. It tells the story of a boy, born of an Indian mother and British father who is able to "pass" as white. As indicated by the title, he takes on the characteristics of the people with whom he is thrown together. However, these people are often as empty, living as unexamined lives, as is the protaganist.

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Darrelln
May 16, 2010

so well written, you have to slow down and enjoy the words.
You start off wondering whether this is going to be a book of misery but the story quickly turns positive.

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