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Noord-India 1928. Bibi-ji is een ambitieus meisje. Eenmaal op huwbare leeftijd pikt ze de verloofde van haar oudere zus Kanwar in en emigreert met hem naar Canada. In Vancouver behoren ze al snel tot de steunpilaren van de lokale sikhgemeenschap. Tijdens de grote Deling van India en Pakistan verdwijnen Kanwar en haar gezin echter spoorloos en dat laat Bibi-ji niet los. JarNoord-India 1928. Bibi-ji is een ambitieus meisje. Eenmaal op huwbare leeftijd pikt ze de verloofde van haar oudere zus Kanwar in en emigreert met hem naar Canada. In Vancouver behoren ze al snel tot de steunpilaren van de lokale sikhgemeenschap. Tijdens de grote Deling van India en Pakistan verdwijnen Kanwar en haar gezin echter spoorloos en dat laat Bibi-ji niet los. Jarenlang zoekt ze naar haar familie tot ze er bij toeval achter komt dat haar nichtje Nimmo in New Delhi woont....

Title : De roep van de nachtvogel
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ISBN : 9789044508055
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Number of Pages : 444 Pages
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De roep van de nachtvogel Reviews

  • Shane
    2018-12-07 10:24

    The author captures the various inflections points in India’s political history: the partition from Pakistan, the conflicts with its neighbours China and Pakistan, the separation of Bangladesh, the military invasion of the Golden Temple, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the brutal killings of Sikhs that followed, and finally the blowing up of Air India flight 182.Entwined in these events are the stories of three women whose own lives are woven together by quirks of fate and twists of history: Bibi-ji who steals her older sister’s intended husband and moves to Vancouver before partition, Nimmo, daughter of that older sister and the only survivor after the mob kills her parents during the painful birth of India and Pakistan, and Leela, half Indian and half German, who is perennially in a half-way house both in her native India and the country she follows her husband to, Canada.These characters wear their Indian-ness like a badge, never quite integrating, destined to be on the margins, be they wealthy like Bibi-ji or poor like Nimmo. This remoteness comes home even when the omniscient narrator refers to white people as Goras. In fact, I had difficulty with this narrator who kept indiscriminately popping in and out of the heads of the characters, both principal and minor alike, reducing them to cardboard cut-outs in places. This was the one flaw in an otherwise well crafted novel with slices of Indian life and dialogue that is fresh, humorous and insightful.The span of the action covers the greater part of the 20th century and many time periods and events in the lives of the characters are skimmed over to zero in only on key ones. Hence we do not hear much of the birth of Nimmo’s daughter Kamal, but we get a drawn out scene of Bibi-ji and Pa-ji’s visit to the school principal to discuss their adopted son Jasbir’s misbehaviour.The private tensions in the lives of the three women are reflections of the wider conflicts facing the newly independent India, both internally between its diverse citizens, and externally with its neighbours, even between its distant exiles in Canada. The indiscriminate loss of life in this conflict also comes home sharply when key people start dropping like flies from chapter to chapter.In the end, the survivors are left bereft and horribly changed and the only person finding redemption from the conflict is Jasbir, the bad apple in the family who left to join the Khalistan rebellion, and finds his way back home after seeing the damage that the movement, its actions and consequences wreak on his own family. When I put this book down, I couldn’t help but feel that as much as the author was humouring me with scenes of domesticity and social intercourse in Indian society both at home and abroad, she was hammering me with some brutal lessons of history that I never got to read about from the inside.

  • Zara Garcia-Alvarez of The Bibliotaphe Closet Blog
    2018-11-19 06:21

    What began as a somewhat hopeful book, quickly and devastatingly spiralled into a travesty. I was left with the shock of death and loss for all characters and after reading the novel I was angry at its historical injustices.At the same time, I regretted investing emotional attachments to characters who were deeply flawed. My sense of the novel's downfall lay at the heart of the characters' weakness to pride.From Harjot Singh's listlessness and "disappearance" long before he actually decided to leave his family because of his wounded pride of not being able to land at the shores of Vancouver once arriving by the Komagata Maru.To his daughter, Sharanjeet (Bibi-ji) Kaur, who privately resents her station in life and her duties, unhappy to be obedient to her mother or selfless to her sister, Kanwar. But this attitude is not entirely due to her spoiled upbringing, but rather an internal pride, vanity, and materialistic ambition that drives her to steal her sister's marriage prospect, Khushwant (Pa-ji) Singh and eventually her niece's own son, Jasbeer.Leela (Shastri) Bhat is ostracized by her grandmother, Akka, and her father's relatives because she is considered a "half-breed," a daughter of a Punjab, Hari Shastri and an English woman, Rosa Schweers. And rather than accept her genetic fate and cultural liminality, she loathes her own grey eyes, fair skin, and "White" culture. Instead she prides herself in becoming the wife of a prosperous and prestigious man, Balachandra (Balu) Bhat, who comes from a well known Punjab family and high caste, and submerges herself in adhering to Indian traditional practices. Leela, opposite of Bibi-ji, resents being pulled from her home in India to Vancouver, fearful of becoming yet again, nameless. Yet, though she suffered racial cruelty from her Indian grandmother, she fails to understand and accept her son's choice in marriage to an English woman.These and other characters provide a backdrop to the cruelty and harshness of the warring factions of the Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh people, which led to The Partition of India (with its Hindu majority) and Pakistan (with its Muslim majority). Violent acts of brutality by government and militant groups climaxed to the eventual killings of pilgrims at the Golden Temple. This act in itself prompted the assassination of Prime Minister, Indira Ghandi, which then led to vengeful killings of Sikhs throughout India. And a year later, Air India Flight 182 is bombed killing 329 people on board from Canada over the Atlantic Ocean.Perhaps it was Badami's intent to situate her characters at the "wrong time in the wrong place," but also to propel them forward into devastation and loss due to extremely wrong choices that stem from deeply rooted pride and discord.The book is without resolution. It is merely a haunting reminder of the brutality and injustice of war, the interconnectedness between people, their actions, and their consequences, and the cost of life for the sake of land, name, autonomy, and religious freedom, where moderation seems to be the best answer, though rarely used.It's a novel of extremes, but then again, extremity is at the heart of this book's subject and a lesson of tempering it, is still yet to be learned.

  • Carolyn Gerk
    2018-12-06 02:38

    I picked this book up knowing very little about it, thinking that it was the story of families coming to Canada from India, and their struggles to belong. I admit I didn't exactly research it, it was given to me by a friend, and I thought, hey, free book!I was surprised to find out that it is primarily a historic account of the turbulent history of Punjab since the beginning of the 20th century. I know very little of the history of India's turmoil, I have heard pieces here and there but have not followed up. The last major plot point occurs the year I was born, so this history has never been something that has surfaced in my lifetime. Having read this novel, I found myself interested and intrigued by the events of the past as well as by the fictional aspects. The characters though, at times, somewhat trying and distant, evolve (or, as the case may be, remain the same) throughout an ever changing backdrop of tribulations and instability. We follow Sharan-jeet (Bibi-ji), Leela, and Nimmo as they struggle to belong, integrate, hold onto the past and in some cases, survive. The stories of the three women are interwoven neatly and rather predictably, but the draws of the novel need not be plot twists. The draw, for me, is the picture painted for the reader of women holding fast to their families and their beliefs (be those religion, or the belief that one must belong) as the world sweeps past them without care. At times hopeful and just as often, frighteningly tragic, this book is reminiscent of the theme of Leela's life: half and half. One foot in malleable fiction, the other in the harsh, unchangeable portrait of reality. An interesting read for those who want to learn about the modern history of India without having to peruse textbooks full of paragraph after paragraph of dull script. Nightbird allowed me a view into a world I knew very little of. It allowed me a history lesson wrapped up in the package of a fictional story about women, family and change.

  • Catherine
    2018-11-18 09:21

    This was a tragic story that kept my attention from beginning to end. The characters are flawed yet likeable, and it was the type of novel that left me thinking long after I had finished. This is a fictional account woven amid real historical events, so I learned a lot about India in the mid-80s...a period of time in which I was a teenager and blissfully unaware of some of the drama unfolding around the world. This book made me realize just how little I know of the modern histories of som many places, and made me curious to find out more...especially about a country such as India which is becoming so influential and from where many of my students originate.

  • Diana Lynn
    2018-11-23 08:37

    Follows 3 women from the partition of India in1947 to the Air India bombing in 1985. From India to Vancouver their loves, family, hate, and the seeds of terrorism are explored without judgement. I gained an understanding of Sikhs especially that I wish I had been aware of before I visited India. The characters are fascinating, and their journeys, often heart-wrenching.

  • Shawn Mooney
    2018-12-05 04:23

    A sweeping narrative of the lives of three Indian women whose lives in Punjab, Delhi and Vancouver gather within the embrace of family, faith, community and friendship yet shatter beneath the fist of hatred and violence. An imperfect, at times somewhat disjointed novel that throbs with feeling. I was heartbroken open.

  • Luce Cronin
    2018-12-09 10:36

    Just finished reading this novel , by Anita Rau Badami, one of my favourite authors. I picked it up because it was the only novel of hers that I had not read, but it turned out be a very timely read that made me reflect further on many questions of immigration. This is a powerful novel that explores the Hindu and Sikh violence in the early 80's involving the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the formation of the Sikh separatist movement of Khalistan, and the downing of Air India flight 182. The immigrant experience viewed through the eyes of 3 women, 2 of which immigrate to Canada, one of which stays in India, brings its reality close to the reader's heart. Immigration now always seems to be linked with violence of some sort, whether it is open conflict, or the more subtle conflict, at times, of racism - this experience always seems to be a highly emotional one. This novel is a very powerful one in the sense that it gives you the opportunity to examine all aspects, all points of view.

  • Crabbygirl
    2018-11-28 02:19

    when you heard about (or see a movie about) partition, you always hear about the muslims and the hindus, but not much about the sikhs. coming from brampton, i should already have a good cultural understanding of the sikhs, but i don't. so i was glad to read this book and learn about the punjab, and it's splitting in 2, and the attack within the golden temple, and the tragedy that happened in new delhi after indira gandhi was shot... the plot may have moved to obvious places, and the characters may have become too one-sided, but the author did a great job of giving a pan-view: from before partition up to the air india bombing. i've also recently reflected on the insult-du-jour when i was in highschool: paki. now i wonder if it was hate-based in a faith (muslim) rather than ethnicity (indian. well, really, pakistani but it was applied to any east indian you wanted to jeer). numerous insults could have been chosen - but this was the choice of many

  • Avery
    2018-11-26 05:21

    Can you hear the Nightbird call? is slow to start and the characters aren’t very likeable until later. After a few chapters though, I didn’t want to put the book down. It gave me a new perspective on life in Punjab and the religions found there. I learned of the atrocities committed on all sides during the partition and the Indira Ghandi gouvernement. I’m amazed and saddened that I didn’t know anything about them until now. Can you hear the Nightbird call? Is haunting, eye-opening and will break your heart. Even if the beginning isn’t the greatest, keep reading because this book will change the way you see things and it will open your heart to the people around the world who have lost so much.

  • Canine Ridge
    2018-11-29 04:10

    interesting historical novel, particularly because is partly set in Vancouver, but I also found to be a bit depressing. Will try one of her other novels.

  • Kathy Stinson
    2018-11-18 05:14

    Learned lots I didn't know about India in this book but its greatest appeal lay in the gripping story of a wonderful cast of characters, some loveable, some not, spanning decades and continents.

  • Amrit Chaitanya
    2018-12-16 02:34

    An awesome read. The author skilfully drives you across various timelines set amongst tumultuous events ranging from pre to post partition India.

  • Sarah - Six Blue Marbles
    2018-12-18 04:38

    I had never heard of Can You Hear The Nightbird Call? until my professor for Reading and Writing Criticisms assigned it. Needless to say, it is a beautiful story that taught me so much about about the history of India that I knew nothing about, as well as Air India Flight 182 which I had never heard of until discussing it in class a bit before we read this book.The three heroines followed in the story: Sharanjeet (a.k.a. Bibi-ji), Leela, and Nimmo all varied so much from each other. I greatly enjoyed the different perspectives and different mind set of each of the characters. It was interesting to read Canada being read as a place of freedom as well as a place of exile. I enjoyed knowing the characters as they grew as well as their own personal histories which made them all unique.I also really enjoyed reading about the religion, mythology, beliefs, and history in the text. I know very little about India, but it was very interesting for me to get to learn about these new things in a beginners sense. The mention of Air India Flight 182 was also very important. This tragic event happened in the 1980s and yet I haven’t heard of it until this year. It brings to light all that my country has hidden.The story was however slow at times, but I blame that more on my lack of knowledge on the history than on Badami’s part.Can You Hear The Nightbird Call? is an excellent novel which explores the complexities of India’s history as well as a not so distant past in Canada that is already forgotten.

  • Syl
    2018-11-20 09:24

    It was an okay read, not as good as Badami's other novel, which I recently read [tell it to the trees]. The time period is 1920s-1980s - a turbulent period for India - the struggle for freedom, achieving the same but at great cost, and the subsequent slow deterioration in Hindu-Sikh relationship. These events highly determine the fate of the characters. Bibi jee was born a beautiful, though penniless girl, with an ordinary looking ugly sister. She managed to change her fate by snatching her sister's Canadian groom with just a flutter of her eyelashes, the event which cost her and her family dearly later on. The story follows her early life, marriage, migration to Canada, loss of her family back in India during Hindu-Muslim partition riots, the restaurant she manages successfully in Canada and finally arrival of a tenant Leela, who plays an important role in subsequent events. Leela's story is also told, but not in as much details. I enjoyed the book, till the last quarter, where it diverted to the growing Hindu - Sikh rivalry, murder of Indira Gandhi and the gory events that followed later on. I always get depressed when I read about riots involving people of India. I hate the rivalry based upon religion. I wish all were same, or atleast there was some mechanism in our brains which would shut up our thoughts when we start thinking badly about others.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2018-12-15 03:34

    4 STARS "gantly moves back and forth between the growing desi community in Vancouver and the increasingly conflicted worlds of Punjab and Delhi, where rifts between Sikhs and Hindus are growing. In June 1984, just as political tensions within India begin to spiral out of control, Bibi-ji and Pa-ji decide to make their annual pilgrimage to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest of Sikh shrines. While they are there, the temple is stormed by Indian government troops attempting to contain Sikh extremists hiding inside the temple compound. The results are devastating.Then, in October of the same year, Indira Gandhi is murdered by her two Sikh bodyguards, an act of vengeance for the assault on the temple. The assassination sets off a wave of violence against innocent Sikhs.The tide of anger and violence spills across borders and floods into distant Canada, and into the lives of neighbours Bibi-ji and Leela. Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? weaves together the personal and the political - and beautifully brings the reader into the reality of terrorism and religious intolerance." (From Amazon)I loved it...great interweaving of Vancouver (Canada) and Punjab (India). This novel means a little more to me as 1984 was a tragedy that banded and separated Sikhs all over the world. Badami's characters are again engrossing and so realistic.

  • Geeta
    2018-11-24 07:38

    There are plenty of plot summaries available here, so I'll skip the details. The book covers the lives of three women, beginning in the 1920s in pre-Partition India and culminating in the mid-80s, with the explosion of Air Indian Flight 182, an event that most American readers likely don't know about or will have forgotten; I'd say the equivalent is Pan Am disaster over Lockerbie. So, this isn't a book with a happy ending, just in case you were wondering. With three lives, two continents and sixty-some years, the book might feel superficial to some readers. Badami constructs the story around specific moments in history, but she never sacrifices character to the larger story. With surprising economy, she manages to invest the reader in all three of the characters--SharanJeet (who becomes Bibi-ji in Vancouver), Leela, and Nimmo. Bibi-ji is the main character; her deepest flaw, desire for things/people which she has no right to, sets the story in motion. The other women are not as well-defined, though they have their weaknesses. But it's Bibi-ji who inflicts the most hurt on others.I was curious to see how the writer would tie all the events together; I expected something contrived, but the ending was surprisingly moving. While I'm unlikely to read the book again, it was a quick and enjoyable read.

  • LibraryCin
    2018-12-01 04:35

    This book starts in the 1920s in India when Sharan is a child. As she gets older, she is the more beautiful of the two sisters, but her mother won't marry her off until her sister gets married first. So, Sharan steals the man meant for her sister and he brings her to Canada. The book follows Sharan and her husband in Vancouver, but also jumps forward in time and follows her niece Nimmo when she grows up and has a family in India. A third main character, Leela, also comes to Vancouver from India. The book continues up to the mid-1980s (Indira Gandhi's assassination and the aftermath) alternating between India and Vancouver. I wouldn't have chosen this book, except I was reading it for my book club Turns out, I really liked it. I was drawn in quickly and wanted to keep reading. I learned a lot about India and its history that I didn't know. I always appreciate a historical note at the end of a book and that was included here.

  • Heather
    2018-11-20 08:22

    Somehow missed this one a few years back from one of my favourite Canadian authors. I really loved the story here - following a group of family and friends as some emigrate to Vancouver and some remain in India. The mostly Sikh characters are caught up in the conflict between India and Pakistan, as their historic homeland of Punjab becomes disputed territory. I was fairly familiar with the Air India bombing from media coverage, but really didn't understand the Indian side of that story. I loved the juxtaposition of private decisions (the stealing of a sister's fiance, the giving up of a son for adoption in the hope that he'll have a better life) played out against the unfolding of historical events that the characters are often helpless to resist. The ending is incredibly sad, but I'm glad she didn't rescue her characters from what was historically a really brutal and bloody period.

  • Dhali
    2018-11-24 08:11

    I enjoyed the early part of this, i.e. Sharanjeet's childhood and I liked the story of how she and her husband's settled and made a success of their life in Vancouver. If ARB had stayed with that story and told it in depth I think I would have enjoyed the book more. But there's too many stories spread too thinly. "Visiting" the characters every few years meant that I didn't get to know or care about them. The Sikh character's - apart from Sharanjeet as a child - never seemed like real people (I'm guessing she's not Sikh). The last section of the book - the events of 1984 and the Air India crash - was forced and manipulative at the same time, it actually made me quite angry.Just checked: ARB is South Indian - which sort of makes sense as Leela is the best written character.

  • Tas
    2018-11-19 09:24

    After my love affair with 'Tamarind Mem' and 'Hero's Walk', I was really looking forward to Badami's third novel and immediately rushed out to buy the hardcover after it was published.Surprisingly I found 'Nightbird Call' to be painfully short of her brilliant writing style. It is too mainstream in its prose when Badami's writing is quite poetic and sensitive.Even though the backdrop of the story is a heartfelt reality of the Air India tragedy, it wasn't enough, I felt, to make it a good book. The storytelling felt sort of contrieved to me and none of the characters were very well developed. I will still look forward to her next novel but this one I'll have to say honestly was a disappointment :(

  • Sally
    2018-12-13 09:11

    Like "The End of East", this book seems to be taking a cue from "The Jade Peony", only for the Indian set. This author wrote one of my favourite books ("The Hero's Walk"). That book featured cute dialogue and cute family dynamics but the cuteness was balanced throughout by the main character's self-destructive OCDisms. "Can You Hear the Nightbird Call", however, wasn't balanced out by a darker side, and the cutsiness became a bit over-the-top (and possibly insultingly stereotypical?) Then, at the very end, tragedy strikes. But... it's too late to save the characters from cute-overkill. I still enjoyed the book, especially since it takes place mostly in Vancouver and because it had some interesting and relevant Sikh history that I never learned about in Religious Studies.

  • Deanna McFadden
    2018-12-06 03:12

    This book--whoa, it caught me completely off guard. I spent my week at the cottage with zero reading expectations, and wanting to read from the pile of novels that are collecting dust in our bedroom. I finished a couple, and moved on to this book--a holdover from when I worked at Random House a decade ago, almost. And I got swept away completely. I wasn't aware of so much of the history in this novel--the divisive, complex history that creates the backdrop for the interwoven story of three women. It's a rich, captivating novel with an amazingly sad, but valuable core, and it wasn't at all what I expected when I first started, far more Rohinton Mistry than the beautiful package might suggest. It's strange to recommend a decades-old novel, but I truly loved reading this book.

  • Naheed Hassan
    2018-12-08 07:35

    An interesting read which sheds light on Sikh culture and history. The story is primarily that of Sharan, a pretty, headstrong girl who steals the groom intended for her sister and makes her way to Vancouver in Canada. She becomes Bibi-ji, beloved of her husband, manager of his shop and the epitome of immigrant success. However, she is haunted by the past - how she cheated her sister f a husband and a life away from their village. Bibi-ji is the most strongly drawn character and if the author had concentrated on her, all would have been well. However, she tries to build in an entire cast of characters and that is where the story weakens and I at least, lost interest.Interesting in parts and always well-written, a book that you will enjoy but that is unlikely to stay with you.

  • Jane
    2018-12-07 08:16

    The author tells the story of 3 Indian women. Two leave India to follow husbands seeking a better life in Canada. The third lives in India during the violence which involved the Partition of India and Pakistan, the religious violence in Punjab and the assassination of Indira Ghandi. The new immigrants to Canada are also affected by the events in India and the air India flight explosion. A well written book showing the struggles of new immigrants to find a place of belonging but still feeling tied to India. Vivd details of the poor Sikh family trying to find peace amongst the political and religious unrest.

  • Susan H
    2018-11-30 02:24

    An interesting glimpse into the lives of Sikh families living in Vancouver. It covers a 50 year span from the late 1940s to present day and includes the history and politics surrounding the political unrest in India that culminated in the Air India bombing in 1985. But it isn't a book about politics. It is a book about the women who try to look after their families during trying and sometimes scary times. It offers a cultural insight into the family life of Indo-Canadians and their families left behind in India. It also shows how neighbours can so easily turn on each other in the face of religion and politics. A very interesting and highly recommended read.

  • Nancy
    2018-12-06 05:20

    I love books that give me insight into history and this one did that. I also love stories about women and their journeys - and this book is about three women and their journeys. I love stories about immigration and the quest for identity - I have never immigrated - just resided in a few countries for a couple years at a time - so am keenly interested in learning about the reality and struggle of immigration.I have been in Delhi and Vancouver so the interplay between those two places was of great interest to me and pulled on my knowledge of both places.A great read!

  • Shona
    2018-12-03 02:23

    A great story with larger than life characters.It tells of the hardships of Indians - particularly resulting from the partition of India and Pakistan. It shows what drives some to emigrate but how, even when they’ve achieved the better life they sought, they find it hard to totally integrate into their new world. Essentially they belong to 2 worlds and aren't 100% at ease in either.It deals with tough subjects but is a joy to read.

  • Alida
    2018-12-03 05:30

    This book is well worth reading for Canadians since it deals with the immigration of Sikhs from the Punjab area of India. It provides a glimpse into the lives of family members who stay in India and those who struggle to integrate into Canadian society. We also learn some of the modern history of the violence in the Punjab area touching on the invasion of the Golden Temple, Indira Ghandi's assassination and the ensuing revenge killings. It ends with the tragic 1985 Air India bombing.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-12 09:32

    The beginning of this book was hard to get through, but the end was much more interesting, if incredibly tragic and depressing. The book traced the lives of three women in India and Canada from the partition of India and Pakistan to the movement for an independent Sikh state. I know very little about the actual history, but I thought the book did a good job capturing the tragedy of religious violence.

  • Jenny Lowell
    2018-12-14 03:33

    This was another gripping story. I couldn't stop reading. It was a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Canadian immigrants from India and the life and family members that they leave behind. It was hard to read of the injustices faced by the Sikh community in India and Canada after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.