book cover of Friend of My Youth

Friend of My Youth

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
An intensely personal novel about childhood, memory, and history by one of today's most celebrated authors, now available in the US for the first time.

Friend of My Youth begins with the novelist Amit Chaudhuri returning to Bombay, the city in which he grew up, to give a reading. Ramu, the friend of his youth, with whom he likes to get together when he comes back, is not there: after years of disabling drug addiction, Ramu has signed up for an intensive rehab program. But Amit Chaudhuri has errands to run in Bombay for his mother and wife, which take him back to the Taj Mahal Hotel, the site, not that long before, of a brutal terrorist attack.

Amit Chaudhuri writes novels the way an extraordinary instrumentalist makes music, stating and restating his themes, trying them out in different keys and to various effect, developing and dropping them, only to pick them up again and turn them completely around. He engages both our minds and our hearts. He makes us marvel. Friend of My Youth, his deceptively casual and continually observant and inventive new novel, makes us see and feel the great city of Bombay while bringing us into the quizzical, tender, rueful, and reflective sensibility of its central character, Amit Chaudhuri, not to be confused, we are told, with the novelist who wrote this book. Friend of My Youth reflects on the nature of identity, the passage of time, the experience of friendship, the indignities of youth and middle age, the lives of parents and children, and, for all the humor that seasons its pages, terror, the terror that can strike from nowhere, the terror that is a fact of daily life. Friend of My Youth is fearfully and wonderfully made.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Amit Chaudhuri is a master. This book is a hymn to a city, to our present and our past. In today's noisy world, his words provide a home wherein we can contemplate the essential things in life." - Nadeem Aslam


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Amit Chaudhuri's Friend of My Youth

Hardback Editions

August 2017 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Friend of My Youth
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
ISBN: 0-571-33759-7 / 978-0-571-33759-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


2017 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Friend of My Youth [Hardcover]
Author(s): amit chaudhuri
ISBN: 0-670-08967-2 / 978-0-670-08967-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: hamish hamilton india
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

February 2019 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Friend of My Youth
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
ISBN: 1-68137-338-6 / 978-1-68137-338-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: New York Review Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Friend of My Youth
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
ISBN: 0-571-33760-0 / 978-0-571-33760-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

March 2018 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Friend of My Youth
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


March 2018 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Friend of My Youth
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Friend of My Youth
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
Publisher: New York Review Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


August 2017 : UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Friend of My Youth
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK