The Parcel

The Parcel Finalist For The Writers Trust Fiction Prize And For The Governor General S Literary Award, This Powerful New Work, About A Transgender Sex Worker In The Red Light District Of Bombay Who Is Given An Unexpected Task, Is A Gripping Literary Page Turner Difficult And Moving, Surprising And Tender Anosh Irani S Best Novel Yet, And His First With Knopf CanadaThe Parcel S Astonishing Heart, Soul And Unforgettable Voice Is Madhu Born A Boy, But A Eunuch By Choice Who Has Spent Most Of Her Life In A Close Knit Clan Of Transgender Sex Workers In Kamathipura, The Notorious Red Light District Of Bombay Madhu Identifies Herself As A Hijra A Person Belonging To The Third Sex, Neither Here Nor There, Man Nor Woman Now, At 40, She Has Moved Away From Prostitution, Her Trade Since Her Teens, And Is Forced To Beg To Support The Charismatic Head Of The Hijra Clan, Gurumai One Day Madhu Receives A Call From Padma Madam, The Most Feared Brothel Owner In The District A Parcel Has Arrived A Young Girl From The Provinces, Betrayed And Trafficked By Her Aunt And Madhu Must Prepare It For Its Fate Despite Madhu S Reluctance, She Is Forced To Take The Job By Gurumai As Madhu S Emotions Spiral Out Of Control, Her Past Comes Back To Haunt Her, Threatening To Unravel A Lifetime S Work And Identity This Is A Dark, Devastating But Ultimately Redemptive Novel That Promises To Be One Of The Most Talked About Publications Of The Year.

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  • Hardcover
  • 280 pages
  • The Parcel
  • Anosh Irani
  • English
  • 25 November 2017
  • 0345816749

10 thoughts on “The Parcel

  1. says:

    Nature chooses who will be transgender individuals don t choose thisMercedes RuehlAnosh Irani, an Indo Canadian novelist, has penned a heart touching and extremely enlightening story about an Indian transgender and a very young virgin prostitute, where the transgender is given a job to groom the virgin girl for first time consensual sex with a customer, but through the girl s grooming journey, the transgender shares the story of her life from the struggling days of transformation toNature chooses who will be transgender individuals don t choose thisMercedes RuehlAnosh Irani, an Indo Canadian novelist, has penned a heart touching and extremely enlightening story about an Indian transgender and a very young virgin prostitute, where the transgender is given a job to groom the virgin girl for first time consensual sex with a customer, but through the girl s grooming journey, the transgender shares the story of her life from the struggling days of transformation to the rejection by her parents to the insults she hears on a daily basis to the red light district...

  2. says:

    I can t say I enjoyed this book about sex trafficking and the sex trade in Mumbhai I found it tough reading about young girls sold by their families into the sex trade, and the processes used to get girls ready to service many men every day The beatings, drug use, humiliation, disease and general living conditions in the red light district ensure short life spans for these girls.This story is told from the point of view of Madhu, a transgender former sex worker with experienc...

  3. says:

    I don t know if I would have read this book had I not happened to catch a radio interview with the author He said he just had to write it It takes place near where he grew up in India The red light district was close enough that it stayed with him all these years forcing him to tell a story about it So I had to read it.This story teeters on the line...

  4. says:

    When it came to the opening of a parcel, Madhu did not believe in the conventional approach wherein the madam and a couple of prostitutes pinned the parcel down to a bed while the customer broke her in The parcels momentarily turned into eels, the terror electric, until their muscles went limp There was no doubt that this was the quickest method, and it required minimal effort on the brothel owner s part, but Madhu surmised that i...

  5. says:

    Remember being stuck in a phase of life that makes you cringe and suffocate You feel so out of place and your only reasonable action is desperately trying to fit in Now imagine, having to do that throughout your life because you are confined within the shackles of the wrong body Add to that, the uncooperative and cruel society that doesn t let you be at peace Constant disapproval and ostracism from everyone who is unlike you is bound to drive you bitter and crazy So what do you do in such c Remember being stuck in a phase of life that makes you cringe and suffocate You feel so out of place and your only reasonable action is desperately trying to fit in Now imagine, having to do that throughout your life because you are confined within the shackles of the wrong body Add to that, the uncooperative and cruel society that doesn t let you be at peace Constant disapproval and ostracism from everyone who is unlike you is bound to drive you bitter and crazy So what do you do in such circumstances You survive You survive in whatever meagre way possible because giving up is not so easy when, despite your abnormalities, you have high hopes and aspirations in your life.At the traffic junction, in marriages, at parks, we spot these human beings whom we endearingly call hijras The band of soldiers who are fighting with the society everyday because they have been blessed to be in the intermediate of mankind and womankind The pain of not being either eats into them, rots away their bo...

  6. says:

    Please read all of my reviews at Parcel is a unique novel about a transgender sex worker in the red light district of Bombay Madhu is aging out of the prostitute market and she needs to make sure that she s still necessary to the brothel, so she takes an undesirable job Madhu is given the shocking task of handling a parcel a child who has been kidnapped and sold into the sex trade In the world of sex trafficking, the victims soon become willing parti Please read all of my rev...

  7. says:

    Won in the First Reads giveaway.Was really good, although I would like to read a book about the hijra community by a hijra writer.I understand that this subject matter would be dark, but sometimes it was like the grittiness was being forced Like there would be several wonderfully written parts and then the writer would remember to use a ja...

  8. says:

    Excruciating and profoundly disturbing, nevertheless this is a story that broke my heart.The things that made one human love, hope, health had been ripped from her calmly and precisely.p262Anosh Irani grew up very close to the neighborhood where this story takes place, giving an authenticity and immediacy to the goings on that he documents in this fictional account of a corner of the complex sex trade in India This is very much the territory of Arundhati Roys epic new novel, but they are not Excruciating and profoundly disturbing, nevertheless this is a story that broke my heart.The things that made one human love, hope, health had been ripped from her calmly and precisely.p262Anosh Irani grew up very close to the neighborhood where this story takes place, giving an authenticity and immediacy to the goings on that he documents in this fictional account of a corner of the complex sex trade in India This is very much the territory of Arundhati ...

  9. says:

    The Parcel is not my story Yet as I read its tangled and complex narrative, I couldn t help but feel as though my own thoughts had been exposed on the page This is easily the most accurate but also most honest depiction of the cycle of abuse and surviving what should have killed you that I have ever read It shows how easy those who have been victimized by the system can in turn uphold the very system that destroyed their lives Irani skillfully brings the red light district of Bombay to life The Parcel is not my story Yet as I read its tangled and complex narrative, I couldn t help but feel as though my ow...

  10. says:

    This novel was published at the perfect time for me I d read Arundhati Roy s sprawling new novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness over the summer While I admired so much about her impassioned writing, I was disappointed that she didn t concentrateon the full story of Anjum, an intersex character or hijra whose story begins the novel Then,recently, I read Shobha Roa s book of short stories An Unrestored Woman for the Anna Eric Book Club and one of the stories which struck This novel was published at the perfect time for me I d read Arundhati Roy s sprawling new novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness over the summer While I admired so much about her impassioned writing, I was disappointed that she didn t concentrateon the full story of Anjum, an intersex character or hijra whose story begins the novel Then,recently, I read Shobha Roa s book of short stories An Unrestored Woman for the Anna Eric Book Club and one of the stories which struck me most was Blindfold about the madam of a brothel who purchases young girls to turn them into prostitutes Both these stories left me eager to better understand characters like these and learnabout these aspects of Indian society Coincidentally, Anosh Irani s The Parcel is essentially a blend of these two tales as it follows a character named Madhu, a 40 year old hijra whose years of prostitution in the notorious Kamathipura red light district are behind her Whil...

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