Plot summary[ edit ] Devdas is a young man from a wealthy Bengali Brahmin family in India in the early s. Parvati Paro is a young woman from a middle class Bengali Brahmin family. The two families live in a village called Taalshonapur in Bengal, and Devdas and Parvati are childhood friends. Devdas goes away for a couple of years to live and study in the city of Calcutta now Kolkata.
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Jun 30, Alex rated it it was amazing Recommended to Alex by: Samadrita Shelves: fiction , indian In the hands of Chattopadhyay the grandiosity of the love-triangle becomes an achingly beautiful piece of minimalist fiction. On turning the last page of Devdas, a short novella that I could hardly bear to put down, whilst one is forced to confront feelings of sadness and loss at the tragedy that has just unfolded one is further provoked, not to weep, but to try and understand and explain them.
The true reason for the success of Devdas as fiction is less in the melodramatic emotions of love and In the hands of Chattopadhyay the grandiosity of the love-triangle becomes an achingly beautiful piece of minimalist fiction. That the story is not so much about highlighting the climactic moments in the the relationship between the two not-quite lovers but by swerving in and out of their lives, creates a greater feeling of curiosity, tension and ultimately a sense of loss.
Perhaps even harder to swallow is that big events in the lives of the protagonists come about through, not just small things, but things left unspoken or undetailed. Probably the biggest turning point in the book occurs when Parvati comes to see Devdas at night because she is in love and wants to marry him.
Devdas offers to take her home, leaving their love assumed, and then ultimately rejects her by running away to Calcutta and sending a short letter.
As a child he orders her about and then abuses her when she stands up to him, telling him no or questioning his behaviour. As an adult he is intimidated by her independence and boldness, but again he cannot express it verbally or confront it, so instead runs away, treating Parvati cruelly.
You are able to speak your mind with ease. They cannot express themselves so easily. Even if they do, few understand them, because what they say is mumbled, easily drowned out by your loud voice. The tragedy of Devdas is that he drinks himself to death. He cannot be with the strong women that he genuinely loves because of all the tiny things about women and reputation that remain unspoken in society. Devdas is a man we can love as much as we can admit that he is flawed, perhaps because his flaw is all too understandable.
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Devdas By Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay