Paper Lions by Sohan KoonarPaper Lions by Sohan Koonar

Paper Lions

bySohan Koonar

Paperback | June 15, 2019

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Told from three distinct points of view, Paper Lions is an epic multi-generational novel about India, set in the years from the advent of the Second World War to the beginning of modern times in the 1960s. War brings opportunities and wealth to some; Independence ushers in great hope for the future; and the nation?s Partition brings along horrors, during which fortunes are made and lost, homes destroyed and abandoned, people slaughtered. The years roll on, a new generation arrives. In the locality of Raikot, Punjab, the three main characters?Bikram, Basanti, and Ajit?and the people around them, including two newly arrived nomadic tribes, the Bajigars, endure hardships and despair, and find moments of joy, as they face life?s challenges. Poignant, tragic, and at the same time exhilarating, Paper Lions brings historical India to itself in the lives of its characters. Through their struggles India comes of age, as they do.
Sohan S Koonar has lived on four continents: Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. A physiotherapist by training, a founder of a multi-clinic company, and a renowned inventor with international patents, he has won the Judges? Choice Award in the Toronto Star Short Story Contest, and the first Burlington Library Literary Excellence Aw...
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Title:Paper LionsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2019Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1988449774

ISBN - 13:9781988449777

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Read Paper Lions is an expertly woven tale that begins with the advent of World War II. Although it’s set in one of the most well-documented and known periods of history, it isn’t just another World War II novel. Instead of focusing on the great battles of the war, or the major players like America, England, France, or Germany, the book explores the vibrant history and rich culture of India and how it -and its characters- was affected by the war. Paper Lions takes the time to travel through the decades as well, bringing readers on a journey through India’s fight for independence, and the partition that split it into two distinct nations. In addition to sharing a side of history so often underrepresented in literature, the novel connects readers to very human characters. We, the readers, feel the hopes, joys, and tragedies of the main characters with breathtaking poignancy. Their lives feel like our lives and although their arcs play out over a matter of years, we’re privileged enough to share their stories in a matter of days, unable to put the book down until its conclusion. Overall, Paper Lions is a delight to read (although it can be devastating at times). It teaches the reader so much about India’s history and culture and about life itself. Its compelling nature urges the reader to devour the words faster with every turn of the page, until there are no more pages left. The experience will broaden every reader’s horizons and leave them the challenge of finding a new tale with such profound impact: it won’t be easily accomplished.
Date published: 2019-08-12

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Told from three distinct points of view, Paper Lions is an epic multi-generational novel about India, set in the years from the advent of the Second World War to the beginning of modern times in the 1960s. War brings opportunities and wealth to some; Independence ushers in great hope for the future; and the nation?s Partition brings along horrors, during which fortunes are made and lost, homes destroyed and abandoned, people slaughtered. The years roll on, a new generation arrives. In the locality of Raikot, Punjab, the three main characters?Bikram, Basanti, and Ajit?and the people around them, including two newly arrived nomadic tribes, the Bajigars, endure hardships and despair, and find moments of joy, as they face life?s challenges. Poignant, tragic, and at the same time exhilarating, Paper Lions brings historical India to itself in the lives of its characters. Through their struggles India comes of age, as they do.