• All the Lives We Never Lived

  • By: Anuradha Roy
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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All the Lives We Never Lived

By: Anuradha Roy
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
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Publisher's Summary

From the Man Booker Prize-nominated author of Sleeping on Jupiter, The Folded Earth, and An Atlas of Impossible Longing, a poignant and sweeping novel set in India during World War II and the present day about a son’s quest to uncover the truth about his mother.

In my childhood, I was known as the boy whose mother had run off with an Englishman. The man was in fact German, but in small‑town India in those days, all white foreigners were largely thought of as British. 

So begins the story of Myshkin and his mother, Gayatri, a rebellious, alluring artist who abandons parenthood and marriage to follow her primal desire for freedom. 

Though freedom may be stirring in the air of India, across the world, the Nazis have risen to power in Germany. At this point of crisis, a German artist from Gayatri’s past seeks her out. His arrival ignites passions she has long been forced to suppress. 

What follows is her life as pieced together by her son, a journey that takes him through India and Dutch‑held Bali. Excavating the roots of the world in which he was abandoned, he comes to understand his long‑lost mother, and the connections between strife at home and a war‑torn universe overtaken by patriotism. 

With her signature “precise and poetic” (The Independent) writing, Anuradha Roy’s All the Lives We Never Lived is a spellbinding and emotionally powerful saga about family, identity, and love.

©2018 Anuradha Roy (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Beautiful book

A gorgeous novel. Read beautifully.
I highly recommend it to all types of readers
Very moving story which takes place in India and Bali in 20th century

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Subtle & profound

It takes a few chapters to get into but the story unfolds in a heartbreaking but beautiful way. From beginning to end, it feels like a tale of longing for the unknown while desiring the familiar. The story is also about healing but in a manner that takes years of understanding and wisdom that only comes with age and compassion. Definitely recommend.