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The Perfect Man: A Novel (2006)

af Naeem Murr

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Rajiv Travers, the child of an Indian mother and English father, is abandoned first to relatives in London and later to the care of his uncle_s mistress, Ruth Winters, a remote figure who writes romance novels in which beautiful women find the perfect man.The small American town where Ruth lives turns out to be as exotic to Rajiv as he is to its decidedly imperfect inhabitants. Though ever an outsider, hated by some, Rajiv is befriended by four children. As these children grow older, their relationships intensify, complicated not only by desire, but also by the personal failings-and secrets-of the adults around them.One secret in particular is kept by many: the mystery surrounding the death, years before Rajiv_s arrival, of an autistic child. The pressure of this silence, as it erupts finally into a night of madness and violence, costs one of Rajiv_s circle the chance for any real future.As Rajiv tries to establish his place in a town besieged by what cannot be spoken, he and his four friends come up against an adult world in which some are cruel, even brutal, but many are simply weak; others though, such as Ruth, have not given up the struggle against their worst selves. In their courage lies the means for these children to understand, for Rajiv finally to accept, not only the joy that love in its many forms can give, but what it can, at its darkest and most obsessive, exact.… (mere)
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    kseniyat: Similarly, this book focuses on the characters and is less plot driven. The characters are powerfully described in both, and both draw the reader into the novel's carefully crafted world.
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I read all the amazing reviews of this book and thought the premise was very interesting: young unwanted boy from India winding up in small Missouri town. The writing is excellent, but I just could not really connect with the characters and found some of the lesser characters simply unbelievable. I tried very hard to "get into" this book, but it just didn't click.

Raj's transformation from a naive young boy to a professional man who seems to know exactly who he is and what he wants is interesting but I don't find it extraordinatry. I'm pretty familiar with small Missouri towns having grown up there, and I never felt that the town with its rather strange assortment of people was realistic; some of the events bordered on "soap-operaish." And the switching back and forth between time frames was confusing although I can see how it did add to the suspense of the story.

Still, the concept of the book is engaging and I'm glad I read it. I would recommend it just because I do think it is a book that can envoke a variety of responses. ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 23, 2013 |
well-written, beautiful in parts, but there was some overarching depressing mood throughout... if it wasn't recommended to me via BookDragon I would not have picked it up...or stayed with it. ( )
  ming.l | Mar 31, 2013 |
thrilling, mysterious, disturbing, beautiful: I just read "The Perfect Man" on the recommendation of a friend from the UK (it came out there last year). I sat on the couch for hours and hours, unable to put it down. You're introduced to this forlorn, unwanted child who is dragged from India to Britain to the small-town U.S., and as he gets to know the complexities of this little Missouri backwater (its crimes and sexual secrets and interrelationships and rumors and histories), you get to know them, too. You end up longing for the happiness of some characters and the downfall of others, and wanting desperately to know WHAT HAPPENED to a little boy who died years before. There are many twining stories over the course of many years, but you never get lost or bored. The people all have such vividness, with so much at stake--especially the survival of vulnerable children through pain, neglect, confusion and love. And there's such a rich sense of the cycle of life. I was tearful a number times while reading. I highly recommend it.
  lonepalm | Dec 8, 2011 |
A wonderful coming of age novel that follows Rajiv, half-British half-Indian young man, who lives in Pisgah Missouri in the 1950's. It tackles racism, child abuse, mental illness, love, and redemption in a beautifully written story that never seems too heavy. That is probably because Rajiv is a truly likable character. The adult men come off often as one dimensional, but that is also part of the storytelling that involves murder and lies, but at its heart it is the story of childhood lost and maturity gained. ( )
  jenn_stringer | Jul 10, 2011 |
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Rajiv Travers, the child of an Indian mother and English father, is abandoned first to relatives in London and later to the care of his uncle_s mistress, Ruth Winters, a remote figure who writes romance novels in which beautiful women find the perfect man.The small American town where Ruth lives turns out to be as exotic to Rajiv as he is to its decidedly imperfect inhabitants. Though ever an outsider, hated by some, Rajiv is befriended by four children. As these children grow older, their relationships intensify, complicated not only by desire, but also by the personal failings-and secrets-of the adults around them.One secret in particular is kept by many: the mystery surrounding the death, years before Rajiv_s arrival, of an autistic child. The pressure of this silence, as it erupts finally into a night of madness and violence, costs one of Rajiv_s circle the chance for any real future.As Rajiv tries to establish his place in a town besieged by what cannot be spoken, he and his four friends come up against an adult world in which some are cruel, even brutal, but many are simply weak; others though, such as Ruth, have not given up the struggle against their worst selves. In their courage lies the means for these children to understand, for Rajiv finally to accept, not only the joy that love in its many forms can give, but what it can, at its darkest and most obsessive, exact.

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