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. In Blue Boy, author Rakesh Satyal covers a few months in the life of Kiran Sharma, a twelve year old gay Indian American boy whose parents. 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.
Kiran tells his mother that he is glue to buy poetry, which is why she is confused in the encounter with the teacher. Things still don’t get notably easier for him after his humiliating foray into the playground — it’s not easy being an Indian-American in a white-bread Ohio suburb, and things aren’t made easier for year-old Kiran by his quirky personality, unusual interests ballet, for one, as well vlue Strawberry Shortcake and her fruit friend Blueberry Muffin or by his burgeoning sexuality.
A concise, story focused version of this book would have been much better to read. The author graduated from Princeton’s creative writing program, and some of the story is based in his own life and experience. But you’re really left feeling, in the very end, that it’s about Kiran’s identity, and that who HE IS is important. Nov 05, Amira Soltani added it.
Most young gay boys would not identify themselves as a blue Hindu God which makes the novel very unique.
For Kiran Rakesn, a long, strange trip is about to begin — a journey so sublime, so ridiculous, so painfully beautiful, that it can only lead to the truth…. It has explicit sexual references and some scenes in the novel, which are important to the story, but for me were just slightly uncomfortable to read.
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The style is good, but Kiran is not at all believable. I really like Kiran. And the main character was so unlikeable!
Satyal incorporates humor into the novel which makes it quite riveting. I can’t know whether the Indian-community-in-Midwest is an accurate depiction but this former Midwesterner thinks the author has nailed the flat accent and sayyal different” idea.
Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. There are some vividly rendered scenes in this book, the kind that stay with you for days and seem more like scenes from a big screen movie than echoes of words on a page.
There is an inner creative, independent streak that controls him. Other than that I really do recommend this novel! Kiran’s parents want him to be successful, find a nice Indian girl, and to make them proud.
Book review: Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal
This book has received many much-deserved acclaim as gay literature, Asian-American literature, Indian-American literature, but the piece that kept resonating with me was the broader coming-of-age story. While reading the novel I satyyal glad that Sstyal had something to turn to and express his feelings with, and I wish that everyone could have something like that to turn to. An insightful book that reminds us how difficult–and ultimately liberating– Who’d have guessed that a novel from the bou of a smart, artistic, and flamboyant sixth-grade boy could cover so much emotional ground?
This book hits on some pretty mature topics such as a preteen boy discovering his sexuality and coming to the revelation he may not be like all the other boys his age.
When he was done, I would have forgotten what was happening in the present, and have to go back and reread. They like to play with dolls, put on makeup, sing out loud, perform songs usually only sung by women and they are adorable doing it. Satyal not only makes the novel humorous but also sends out a message by doing so.
Both cultures have their own rigid ways of enforcing gender roles and sexuality, and neither knows quite what to do with a flaming, smart boy who is slow to self-censure.
The posturing of a tit can vary so greatly, and yet the allure of it never dissi I really couldn’t stand this book, I gave up about 50 pages in.
This book made me laugh more than anything I’ve read this year. Kiran, just came off as a little snot The potential within this book was both amazing and heart-breaking. I will never respond emotionally the way he does.
I highlighted so many lines in this aatyal, 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.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We are still a long way from gay children feeling comfortable and accepted for who they are but we are moving in a positive direction.
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Rakesh wrote a fantastic and hilarious novel call Blue Boy that won a Lambda Award. Feb 13, Queen rated it it was amazing Shelves: It can be brash and wild when it wants to be, and yet there are those “Live to Tell” moments when it’s calm and collected.
He’s a pre-adolescent boy who doesn’t have any friends and is looked upon as “weird” in school because of his predisposition to be more feminine than masculine. If we could give half stars on this system, this one would get four and a half. In fact, he would describe overweight people quite unflatteringly in his head.
He secretly keeps a Barbie under his bed, loves ballet, and takes the annual school talent show more seriously than absolutely necessary. At one point, I had to literally push myself to finish the book. As portrayed in this conversation, a funny misunderstanding takes place between Kiran’s teacher, and his mother when Kiran’s teacher catches him reading dirty magazines such as Penthouse. He is different and he just wants to keep his light shining even if his peers don’t approve and tease him.
This is a story about a gay boy who is thrown into the fire of adolescence with few resources to help him through it all but his own wit, style, and gorgeous flamboyance. I loved the characterization of Kiran, the protagonist.