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Satyal’s lovely coming-of-age debut charts an Indian-American boy’s transformation from mere mortal to Krishnaji, the blue-skinned Hindu deity. Rakesh Satyal is an American novelist, best known for his Lambda Literary Award-winning debut novel Blue Boy. Blue Boy won the Prose/Poetry Award. Read Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal by Rakesh Satyal by Rakesh Satyal for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android.

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The story of a gay Indian boy growing up in Ohio in the early s strives for an comic absurdist tone akin to David Sedaris. Lambda Award Winner Many gay coming of age stories, in fiction and in real life, share some common elements: That’s no easy feat to accomplish.

The author graduated from Princeton’s creative writing program, and some of the story is based in his own life and experience. This character is certainly beset by some headwinds, but for all of his ostracism he makes fun of people rakeah disabilities and view spoiler [implicates a bunch of teenagers for school arson just because they made fun of him stayal and didn’t especially love hanging out with him Dec 08, jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nope, I don’t buy Kiran on any level.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

I never even thought of such things until I was What is a more beautiful thought than the one that questions everything you take for granted? Boys his age have always caused him to I’ve signed up to receive an email alert for Kindle Freebies from Advanced Kindle Alert website.


Kiran starts to mold himself into the God by eating butter, practicing the flute, and even wearing blue makeup. Not overseasoned with pretty words but still flavored with literary mastership thanks to Princetonand most of all, biting humor. The novel fo Kiran is your average boy I highlighted so many lines in this book, so many quotes that I related to, and I had forgotten some of the more sad mom I read a physical copy of this book many years ago, and loved it so much that I kept lending it to people so they could read it.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

The other part of the story that I struggled with is the role of the somewhat shady Rodney, a park ranger who makes cameo appearances in a raoesh key moments in the story. I was drawn to this book because the name of the main character, Kiran, is similar to the name of one of my sons Kieran.

Just read the book. The core of what Kiran feels – the insecurity, the cultural homelessness, the conviction that he is special – is “true” bkue the age, the place, and the South Asian American experience. Here, Satyal manag This book was, on so many levels, a surprise to me – and a delightful one at that.

While reading the novel I was glad that Kiran had something to bleu to and express his feelings rskesh, and I wish that everyone could have something like that to turn to. Did anyone else feel this way? You feel the tiniest stab of recollection when you rediscover it, but mostly you are in awe of how it was you who wrote down these words and felt something so creative in that moment.

In the middle I thought things were heavy-handed: They both act as de facto playgrounds for local people, all of them looking for a way to escape the mundane together.


As most of the novel takes place in Kiran’s head, there is very little interaction between characters and little-to-no dialogue to balance out the long, descriptive narrative.

Cincinnati in the early s isn’t exactly a hotbed of cultural diversity, and Kiran’s not-so-well-kept secrets don’t endear him blu any group. Nov 13, Samantha Davenport rated it liked it Shelves: Quotes from Blue Boy.

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I found it hard to read and relatively unenjoyable, as there is much description in this book that is completely unnecessary. Perhaps the solution to the mystery of his existence has been before him since birth.

We will never be more than two containers, full of the same blood but different in size, shape, owners. At one point, I had to literally push myself to finish the book.

I It started off well and I bonded with the whole family. You can use these HTML tags and attributes: What the Dickens was that all about? Raiesh find it even more ridiculous when authors characterize villains as only evil and protagonists as pure and saint-like.

How he grapples with the people and situations and with his sense of self is in turns funny, heartwarming, and surprising. This book rwkesh me laugh more than anything I’ve read this year. Aug 29, Thomas Marzella rated it really liked it.