Kanooru Heggadithi { Read } Author Kuvempu

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Of characters and voices that refuse to be silenced The first stirrings of change in the lives of the Belas the highland plantation workers and their labouring women the proud Shudra landowners the secretive and predatory Agrahara of the Brahmins are dramatized by a humane eye sensitive to the slightest nuance The House of Kanooru is ultimately a moving tribute by one of Kannada s greatest writers to the spirit of modernity Translated from the Kannada by BC Ramachandra Sharma and Padma Ramachandra Sharma. 50A Master Piece Happy Reading

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Kanooru Heggadithi

From Kannada's first Jnanpith award winner a landmark of modern fiction that documents a vanishing world When Hoovayya and Ramayya return from their studies in the city to their ancestral home much has changed throwing the even tenor of village life out of joint The entry of Subbamma the young wife of much married Chandrayya Gowda into the House of Kanooru sets in motion an irrevocable chain of events which signify the coming of age of a resolutely traditional society Acutely conscious of the burden of t. TW Domestic abuse graphic descriptions of death sexual assault depression suicide violence on animals and animal deathsI picked up this book for the Indian Lit Readathon As a Kannadiga I was uite familiar with the fact that Kuempu s works are considered some of the finest in Kannada literature even to this day However I don t usually pick up adult fiction so my expectations were uite lowThe book follows the lives of the Gowdas of Malenadu from multiple perspectives At its simplest it can be described as family drama but the author elevates the story to so much than that The portrayal of each character with believable strengths and flaws was masterfully done even though the cast was sizeable I felt a range of emotions from pity for the worst of the characters to being frustrated by the best of them My favourite of the lot was Hoovayya Gowda In the case of Seethe however I was a bit disappointed because she didn t get a lot of space in the narrative even though she was integral to the story The plot started off slowly and got interesting as it progressed being mainly character driven Each chapter at first glance would seem like a completely random thread but they criss crossed with the others to create a complex narrative that managed to be both suspenseful and expansive The setting was done superbly as well The vivid descriptions actually transported me to the lush Malenadu landscapeWhat struck me most was the subtle social commentary provided on all the problematic content Set in a time when India was at its conservative best or worst the bias due to caste skin colour and gender play a huge part in the story I really enjoyed how the author challenged these attitudes by showing the different perspectives and mocking them through character interactions rather than go off on a righteous rant or become preachy I also liked the portrayal of the female characters who were strong and resilient in spite of the rampant patriarchy of that timeMy only problem with this was the translation Not only was my copy full of errors much than I expect in a finished copy anyway the translation itself didn t work for me Many of the Kannada words were left as it is which would make it very confusing for a reader who does not know the language Also it was of a case of transliteration than translation in a few places which made it very awkward to read in English and also broke the narrative flowIn conclusion although this is probably one of the best books I ve ever read and has left a lasting impression on me I m not sure how those not intimately familiar with the Kannada language can appreciate the sheer genius of this work

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Heir education amidst the torpor of manorial life the brothers are forced to witness the descent into cruelty of Chandrayya Gowda who breaks old familial ties and demands an impossible fealty The petty meanness of the Gowda s old age and the idealistic vitality of youth confront each other when Hoovayya and Ramayya both fall in love with Seethe their childhood playmate with disastrous conseuences for the manor house of Kanooru The epic conflicts of a decaying feudal order are seen through a multiplicity. This is my first Kannada book No wonder why they call the author Rashtrakavi I started with less expectation because I am reading a translated version and it might not be the same as the original book But I should say that the translator had done a real good jobMore than the story I enjoyed the way the author explains the landscape He points all the birds insects in the region Unless the author had spend time enjoying his time growing up in such place we wouldn t write such a storyThe way he has named each dog and cow in the story is so amazing He has actually build characters for these animals too Like how the dog tiger was scared initially and how its caretaker trained it to be one of the best hunting dog possible Each such small characters make the story interestingThe book has created a snapshot of life at Malenad during the time I had like the way how he has called out that almost everyone drank toddy including the protagonists mother I am not even sure if he is the protagonist or the house itself is the protagonist of the storyIts to time to find other translated works of the author


10 thoughts on “Kanooru Heggadithi

  1. says:

    TW Domestic abuse graphic descriptions of death sexual assault depression suicide violence on animals and animal deathsI picked up this book for the Indian Lit Readathon As a Kannadiga I was uite familiar with the fact that Kuempu's works are considered some of the finest in Kannada literature even to this day Ho

  2. says:

    Rarely have I been as consumed by a book as I was with ‘Kanooru Heggadithi’ Kuvempu’s masterpiece is spellbinding illuminating and beguil

  3. says:

    Reading The House of Kanooru is like putting words to a Pollock painting It's extremely colourful strewn over a vast canvas There are some patches that are inexplicably beautiful Every chapter unfurls a little of the world of Kanooru a village that is too small to be even shown on a map as Seethe discovers But the village brims with a memorable line up of characters that refuse to leave my mind even after a day There are idealists like H

  4. says:

    This is my first Kannada book No wonder why they call the author Rashtrakavi I started with less expectation because I am reading a translated v

  5. says:

    Given that Kuvempu has written only 2 novels am a bit overwhelmed to think that there is only one to go Such is

  6. says:

    If u want to have experience of forest walk into the book u can feel the deepness of forest every details u can see nature of the human being village life life of indian women child days the novel will the jeevan darshan I read several times now also i am reading

  7. says:

    An epic rich narrative that narrates the tale of an extended Gowda family in Kanooru somewhere in the Malenadu region of what is now Karnataka This book is set in the 1930s and is an accurate but fascinating record of the lives of people in that regionAt the center of village life is the house of the land owning Gowda of the shurda Vokkaliga caste surrounded by his fields and the hovels and tents of his bonded labourers

  8. says:

    My first introduction to Kannada literature was exemplary needless to sayThe author has captured pre independence India very vividly particularly rural India Urban India with its idealised youth flit sufficiently in and out to leave us with

  9. says:

    50A Master Piece Happy Reading

  10. says:

    Good book Hovayya is really confused person