Book Review-The Blue Bedspread by Raj Kamal Jha

The Blue Bedspread by Raj Kamal Jha

Pages: 240 pages

Publisher: Picador

The novel starts with an unnamed character receiving a call about the death of his sister. His sister has died leaving a child behind. The child is entrusted to him for a night before it is given away a family scheduled to adopt the child.

The man narrates a story to the child, about him and his sister. He reminisce the illegitimate intimacy he had with his sister on the blue bedspread, which also gets the title to the book. The story depicts the troubled childhood with an abusive father, a dead mother, a father who sexually abuses him and his sister.

There are points where the narration is overplayed and feels discrete to the main character (I confused the narrator). There are times when the setting seems surreal but it provides dreamlike drift to the moody yet lyrical narration.

Raj Kamal Jha does justice in artful depiction of not so usual subjects of incest and sexual abuse with a tone that could be termed disturbing. The descriptive narration also provides you with a window where you wonder whether to peep into reality or into fiction. The novel doesn’t starts or progresses on a timeline binding into a unified end but it swings back and forth in time, in unconnected parts giving you an indication of deliberate omission.  The end is likely to leave you blank and unsated with a few questions still reappearing in your mind to be answered.

Level of Reading: Moderately Difficult


About Barun Jha

Infrastructure Professional, Introvert,Writer, Wonderer, Wanderer
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17 Responses to Book Review-The Blue Bedspread by Raj Kamal Jha

  1. Arnab says:

    I had read about this book somewhere, now after your review, I doubt if I will waste my time on this

  2. subhorup says:

    Definitely one of the more outstanding works of Indians writing in English. Nice review.

  3. Abhyudaya says:

    Is he related to you? The author? hehe

    • Barun Jha says:

      I was expecting this question… And there you are..
      We share surname…. That’s it?
      I read his book out of curosity… The author has an engineering background…. Made a career in journalism… And is famous as a writer…in short an expert on career switching…

  4. nice review.
    will read this book soon

  5. Barun Jha says:

    @Subhorup: Thank You Da 🙂

    I agree with you completely on that.

  6. subhorup says:

    The Graham Greene post appears to have comments disabled, so I dropped by here to check if it was due to a browser setting problem. Power and Glory is undoubtedly one of Greene’s most powerful works, and something that all readers interested in understanding the history of the Church in the context of colonialism, if not the relationship between the rational individual and the redemption of the Christian soul. Enjoying your visits to landmark literature.

    • Barun Jha says:

      Da… srry for trouble… and Thank You for bringing it to my notice… it is rectified now… it was some browser problem while posting… 🙂
      Graham Greene is delight…picked it up from bookshelf at random but proved to be a good reading…

  7. Chandni says:

    Chanced upon your blog while reading reviews for The Blue Bedspread and your thoughts echo some of my impressions I had after reading the book. Enjoyed going through your posts : )

    Hope to read more!

  8. Nutan Jha says:

    Quite a bold decision to write on the topic ‘INCEST’, which is a tabooed topic in the Indian society! Anyway, was curious to read this book and find out for myself, if Mr. Jha’s book and writing style are worth for my time and entainment (and learning). So, can you please suggest me some sites where I can read this book and help me in making up my mind whether its worth buying.

    • Barun Jha says:

      Thank You for commenting…
      It is a short novel, worth reading( a class apart in Indian Writing in English I would say)
      I am not aware of any specific site, however try out excerpt of nytimes.

  9. Nutan Jha says:

    Was expecting this…………. however, thanks.

  10. aakanksharulz says:

    This is an excellent review. I totally loved this book. It left me quite shocked. The novel is a class apart in Indian literature!
    Love your well articulated review too.
    What other books has he written. I don’t know any. and you have said that he is famous and all in one of your comments.

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