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Late at night, Kumarasurar’sphone rings shrilly. His teenage son is calling. What could he want?

A seemingly simple demand torments Kumarasurar, who fears it might put his finances - and perhaps his son’s life - in jeopardy. As a father’s anxieties unravel, his memories undermine his self-worth, and imaginary scenes of damnation taunt him.

Estuary brings alive the different ways - absurd and endearing by turns - in which a man and his young son navigate the contemporary world. In the process, it peels back the layers of Kumarasurar’s loneliness: the hurt of a married man whose wife cares only for the happiness of their child, the endless monotony of an office job, and the struggle of the salaried middle class to give their children the best chance of success.

Perumal Murugan’s latest novel, his first in an urban setting, is also a razor-sharp parody of everything from e-commerce to the fitness industry, art appreciation to political manipulation, cram schools to social networks. Through a meditative exploration of a father’s emotional landscape, Murugan tells of a world wrecked by unchecked consumerism and an obsession with growth, where technology overrides common sense and degrees don’t guarantee education. And, with characteristic tenderness, he also weaves in a way to redemption.

©2020 Perumal Murugan (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Another of Perumal's masterpiece

This was my second book of Perumal after Poonachi. I like the style of the book is very much as the author promised, with the bare story with none of the trying to express the perception of the characters. It reminded me of the style of Albert Camus and Hemingway. It is precise, to the point with little bezels all around.

The book stretched a little towards the end, but it had all the power of keeping your focus down to the last words and making you feel all the feelings of the characters. Overall a good read and quite relatable to the contemporary Indian society.

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Long but worth it

These are a few points on what I found interesting about this book.
✓ relatable content
✓engaging narration
✓focus on relationships
✓light
✓dragging middle
✓estuary reference in the end.
Strongly recommend for everyone especially those who studied/going to study engineering or have teenage boys at home.

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Such a refreshing listen

The story really get us into the nook and crannies of a normal middle class family. The book effortlessly mirrors the modern time and the people dealing with it differently. The author has done a terrific job here. The translator and the narrator has made it more better by giving their valuable contribution. Must listen.

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the narrator was amateurish

I don't know why they chose a female narrator for a male author, and She is narrating the book as if it's a bedtime story for kids, over enthusiastic very dramatic at places which are mostly normal situations. disappointed with the narrator but love the book.