Ardashir Vakil was born in Bombay and now lives in London. Ardashir Vakil’s award-winning first novel, Beach Boy (), is Bombay’s answer to James. Marrying a universal story (an adolescent boy’s coming-of-age) with a specific locale (India in the s), Indian writer Vakil has produced a charming and. Beach Boy by Ardashir Vakil – book cover, description, publication history.

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Ardashir Vakil

A poignantly autobiographical work of fiction, it centres upon Cyrus Readymoney, a privileged Parsi boy, and his formative years at a strict Jesuit school during a period of family turmoil and crisis.

The besch immediate family only gradually come into focus, however, and for good reason. Wonderful insight into a life, a country and a time. Paperbackpages. He spends more time in his neighbors home.

This feeling, in its totality, can be described as a recognition of the joy of being alive and awake to the sadness and pleasure that makes us human beings.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Some beacn little scenes, but they don’t add up to much. Both writers now live in Ardwshir, but both are still emotionally immersed in the life of India’s most populous and varied city.

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Mary’s is dead on, down to the kheema pao in the canteen, sadistic principal, and Tickly Father selling lunch coupons. This accusation appears to have been self-consciously worked through in One Daywhich can be productively read on one level as a self-referential work of metafiction: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Two stars looks really mean, but, I did think it was only “ok”. Jul 26, Robert rated it liked it. British Council complies with data protection law in the UK and laws in other countries that meet internationally accepted standards. Cyrus est un personnage des plus attachants, inoubliable.


The story wrdashir funny, fast and yet easy going. There was a problem adding your email address. For the complete list, go to http: Entertaining enough, but not one of my favorites. The novel is also a brutally honest depiction of marital relations as Ben reserved, disciplined and hardworking struggles increasingly to square his life with the passionate, disorganized and unfaithful Priya.

Even if Vakil’s own adolescence didn’t so closely parallel Cyrus’s, the luxurious sensory detail of the story would reveal the author’s teeming memory of the sights, sounds, and, most of all, tastes of his setting.

Jun 23, Ken rated it really liked it. His mom cheats on his father with a guy and their home is atdashir a bit. His aunt Zenobia keeps him under her strict control and tries to curb his impish spirit unknowingly. His first novel, Beach Boycharts the adventures of 8-year old Cyrus Readymoney who lives in Bombay. He has taught English at several London comprehensive schools and currently teaches Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.


I haven’t read a book set in India since A Fine Balance traumatised me don’t get me wrong, it’s brilliant, but WOW but this reminded me of Midnight’s Children in its descriptions of Bombay. Then his dad passes away,and then he realizes that he’s a different person now,everyone starts behaving differently towards him, but he wants things to remain the same as if nothing had happened,the novel comes bbeach an end with funeral ceremonies and he concentrates hard during those few days to understand the meaning of life and death.

Jul 21, Cmorice rated it liked it. She takes him under her wing at a time when Cyrus is already lusting for her daughter Meera, giving him the close contact he had only dreamed about previously. I wish it was more popular than it currently is. However, it is the content rather than the form of these narratives that ardwshir attracted most critical interest to date.

The boy relizes things aren’t as good as he thaught them to be. As Leo Benedictus wrote of the novel in The Observer: Cyrus gives us a compelling, richly detailed account of his struggles with family, the interactions with his neighbors, and the frenzy of the city, speaking with a voice more advanced than his eight years of age.