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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (June 12 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676976050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676976052
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Pulsates with humanity. . . . If you do manage to put this novel down, it’s probably only to compose yourself to keep on reading."
Edmonton Journal

"Like Canada, Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? may be read on many levels, each of which illuminates a little more of who we are. . . . Rich in echoes and irony and questions, this is one book in the growing catalogue of books we need to read to understand ourselves."
The Globe and Mail

"As Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? shows, the enduring state of ‘in-between’ that is part of both immigrant life in Canada and Sikh life in post-partition India is equally rich in the complex joy of struggle and the possibility for tension, misunderstanding, and, sometimes, violence."
Calgary Herald

"Anita Rau Badami has scored again with Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?"
Edmonton Journal

"Nightbird brilliantly tells the timeless story of immigrants who face hardship as they try to build new lives, straddling two worlds and never really fitting into either."
The Vancouver Sun

Praise for The Hero’s Walk
"A powerful, heady mix of brilliant characters, poignant reality, and a rare depth of emotional integrity and commitment. . . . This is a book you will want to explore and savour."
The Telegram (St. John’s)

"A big-hearted and compulsively readable novel. . . . [Badami is] a gifted observer of the human comedy."
Toronto Star

About the Author

Anita Rau Badami was born in India in 1961. Although her family’s roots are in southern India, Badami spent most of her life in the north and eastern parts of the country, moving every two to three years because of her father’s job as an officer in the Indian Railway. She earned a degree in English from the University of Madras, studied journalism at Sophia College in Bombay and then spent many years as a copywriter, journalist and children’s writer before emigrating to Canada in 1991, following her husband to Calgary, where he had gone to pursue his master’s degree in Environmental Science. Raising a young son and grappling with Canadian winters, Badami took creative writing courses, which eventually led to her own master’s degree in English Literature. Her thesis at the University of Calgary went on to become her hugely successful first novel, Tamarind Mem, published in 1996. The novel landed her firmly on the map as a talented new Canadian writer to watch.

In 2000, Badami published her second novel, The Hero’s Walk. By then she was living in Vancouver, where the family had moved so that her husband could complete a PhD in Planning. The Hero’s Walk was met with great critical acclaim; it won the Regional Commonwealth Writers Prize, Italy’s Premio Berto and was named a Washington Post Best Book of 2001. It was also longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize. Both Tamarind Mem and The Hero’s Walk have been published in many countries throughout the world.

Shortly after the publication of her second novel, Anita Rau Badami won the Marian Engel Award. She is the youngest woman ever to receive this award, which is given to a Canadian woman author in mid-career for outstanding prose writing.

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This book will be hard to put down. Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? is set within a tragic historical context which is illustrated, for the most part, through the experiences of women. Given the tragedies that befall the characters, it is both a tense and fascinating read. In my judgement, this book stands out as Anita Rau Badami's best work. I have bought this book for many friends -- it is a must read.
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an excellent read and a good look at the immigrant experience in Canada in the Trudeau era.
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the biggest flaw to this book? it is not long enough!
As a matter of fact it could have been easily a lot longer by just bringing the obvious/enormous gap that keeps appearing here and there as you read on.
For exemple:from 1980 you will suddenly jump to 1984 and ....fill in the blanks,
what happenned?

Is this because the publisher thought Mrs Badami s name is not big enough to sell a brick of a novel and so they forced her to gut the story?
Otherwise this story spans over a couple of generation in brief details most of the time and this can become tedious as it makes the lives of the character so volatile and somewhat futile altogether.
Still worth the read for the historical value that it brings to life but you will be asking for more by the time you get to the end.

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I could see the colours of India, taste the spices, feel the heartbreak with the viciousness of religious prejudice ... all the way across the globe to Vancouver, Canada, where the same nationalities, but different cultures, continued to clash in this wonderful tale of eternal hope.
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HASH(0xa27f88b8) out of 5 stars The ring of truth July 31 2009
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A slow start to this novel, but it moves swiftly to a tale that has the ring of true knowledge. You will feel involved with the outcome of the characters' lives.
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Arrived in plenty of time before our trip to India. It's a must read for anyone going there but an excellent read for those who dream of far away placed.

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