Capitalism. A Ghost Story. by Arundhati Roy. Hardback Reviews. “The fierceness with which Arundhati Roy loves humanity moves my heart.” – Alice Walker. Capitalism: A Ghost Story. Rockefeller to Arundhati Roy 26 March Capitalism: A A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since. Perhaps, due to the title, which dubbed capitalism a ghost story thereby implicitly supporting my sentiments, I ended up purchasing the book.

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Topics Arundhati Roy Nicholas Lezard’s choice. Jun 22, tom bomp rated it really liked it. Jun 22, Praj rated it liked it Shelves: In one essay Roy nearly gets arrested for daring to refer to Kashmir as a disputed area, which goes a long way toward illustrating the problems she’s describing here.

Feb 16, BlackBookie rated it really liked it. The second section of the book focuses on Kashmir and again is terrific, so, it’s hard to knock on the book when really it is a book about India specifically, but Roy just gave us even more earlier on.

It was very interesting to me because I know so little about it. Some of the specific issues that Arundhati Roy looks at in depth: The only failing in this book was myself, the Arundhati Roy is a courageous and cutting writer. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Mar 05, Rochelle rated it it arundhxti amazing Shelves: The rest of this brief book is comprised of shorter essays, the most compelling and unforgettable of which deal with the situation in Kashmir. But you have to start somewhere, right? Book reviews Human Rights India Social unrest. Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar. Here’s an update on essential points to complement Roy’s essay: Is it even feasible?

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The upshot was the execution of a man for whom there was no clear evidence arundgati his involvement, except that he had former involvement in Kashmiri radical politics. Paperbackpages. I think it was mostly short pieces previously published elsewhere. Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulationor environmental destruction. This feudal income includes interest banksland rent real estaterent from privatizing natural monopolies and social utilities, and inheritance.


Curiously, the otherwise vigilante electronic media, quick to broadcast atrocities across the border and the sufferings of Kashmir, seems to ignore this issue altogether. The only failing in this book was myself, the reader. Jun 17, Subashini rated it liked it Shelves: Extremes of wealth and income inequality.

Corporate encroachment on poorer farming areas, people being forced out. In C It is difficult for me talk about writers I like, even more so when their words are as powerful as these. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Politics books Paperbacks reviews. But I found it worthwhile reading for the specifics, a bit more in depth than a short news article, and not on the most common topics such as the outsourcing of jobs to India, or particular crimes, and it’s a view from inside, without that subtle gawping that even ‘responsible’ TV news often has; a significant proportion of what I’ve heard about contemporary India comes from Goodreads posts by members who live there, but obviously they’re primarily here to review books rather than explain the country.

Secondly, once again I’m faced with the consequences of the US’s exportation of capitalism and oft-perverted democracy. View all 4 comments. Amazing set of essays. From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts nearly everywhere you look in India.

Capitalism is the driver of climate change; polluting is simply too profitable. Another excellent collection from the esteemed Arundhati Roy. The Maoists in India seek to halt ‘program’s i Hi jinks Roy describes a phase of crony capitalism we like to think that we’ve left behind, but that seems rather to be spreading, firstly from the U. These accounts are grim and harrowing, and fit with her earlier work on anti-dam campaigns and work for justice for the poor in a system that maintains their down-trodden status.

Buy this book for the person in your life who thinks ethical capitalism exists and is a fan of the Gates Foundation. Jun 10, Anosh rated it it was amazing.

Capitalism: A Ghost Story

I thought I would start out with this small book of essays, and the accolades are worth it. But dropping daisy cutters on them was not going to solve the problem” – one of my favorite parts of the book. Learn how your comment data is processed. Mar 26, Andy rated it liked it. Konflik Kashmir tak main-main. I for one was always under the impression, based on assertions by seemingly very smart people, that democracy flourished in India because of the emergence of a very large middle class which itself was a consequence of land reforms carried out by its government immediately post independence.


First, the power of corporate “foundations”. Rural Indians are told to move to You’d be better reading a review of this short book of essays from someone who lives in India, or who’s actually been there.

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I, however, confess that while I never was a great fan of Indian movies, I have been guilty of viewing certain of their television channels on the idiot box. I’ve clearly only scratched the surface here, but I’ll be checking out sory other books on these topics, as well as making time for her new novel that’s finally! Let there be no doubt, they are shooting and killing our children and soldiers from across the border and are scheming to forcibly appropriate our drinking water even.

I particularly enjoyed her assessment of NGOs and how they’re influenced and controlled by these massive corporations whose best interests are to subvert activists into something that will not threaten them or their interests.

For her work as an activist she received the Cultural Freedom Cpaitalism awarded by the Ghoet Foundation in I guess what I mean is that this book, though it is about things like arunddhati and GDP, is yet compelling and glorious to read.

The noisier the carnival around elections, the less sure we are democracy really exist. I wonder why I have heard so little about all this, whilst I have heard so much more about China over the last few years?

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