Mukherjee was born into a wealthy Calcutta now Kolkata family. She attended an Anglicized Bengali school from to After three years abroad, the family returned to India. Mukherjee attended the University of Calcutta B. In she moved to Canada, where she lived in Montreal and then, from , in Toronto. In she settled in the United States and began teaching at the university level.
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Shelves: short-story DNF. I found almost every character insufferable. And dont get me wrong, insufferable characters can be great characters. But these were irredeemably insufferable characters, and often it felt like Mukherjee wasnt even critiquing their horrible qualities.
Definitely give that one a read. Its emotions are deliciously complex and entangled. Maria was once with President Gutierrez but is now married to a wealthy rancher and businessman. Her current sexual allegiances lie with a revolutionary. Will Al get the girl? Well, Al gets the girl, for one night. Then he watches as she murders her husband and runs off with the revolutionary.
Al is left in the jungle, surrounded by dead bodies. Fortunately, Al is not distraught. He wonders how he will sell the information to Gutierrez.
While these themes are present in The Middleman and Other Stories, I was pleased to notice that Mukherjee had found more than two angles from which to approach her subject.
At other times, she starts along familiar paths and ends up in bizarre destinations. If there is a pattern here it might be this: when these characters try to pick themselves up by their bootstraps, they usually end up using those straps to choke the life out of their problems.
Sometimes, those problems are other people. In the war, he was told to be a locust, always consuming. However, murder for hire has allowed Jeb to overcome neither his impotence nor his insolvency. She is not a beautiful stylist and few would call her a kind author to her characters, but she does write excellent short stories.
The Middleman and Other Stories