The Hundred Names Of Darkness by Nilanjana RoyThe Hundred Names Of Darkness by Nilanjana Roy

The Hundred Names Of Darkness

byNilanjana Roy

Paperback | July 12, 2016

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"A delight to read. Eliot's Old Possum would have enjoyed these Practical Indian Cats." Salman Rushdie


In the sequel and conclusion to her critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling novel, The Wildings, Nilanjana Roy takes us back to the Delhi neighbourhood of Nizamuddin, and its unforgettable cats--Mara, Southpaw, Katar, Hulo and Beraal. As they recover slowly from their terrible battle with the feral cats, they find their beloved locality changing around them. Winter brings an army of predators--humans, vicious dogs, snakes, bandicoots--along with the cold and a scarcity of food...Unless Mara can help them find a safe haven, their small band will be wiped out forever. With the assistance of a motley group of friends including Doginder, a friendly stray; Hatch, a cheel who is afraid of the sky; Thomas Mor, an affable peacock; Jethro Tail, the mouse who roared; and the legendary Senders of Delhi, Mara and her band set out on an epic journey to find a place where they can live free from danger.
NILANJANA ROY spent most of her adult life writing about humans before realizing that animals were much more fun. The Wildings and The Hundred Names of Darkness are her first novels. She writes a regular column for the Business Standard and the International Herald Tribune, and her fiction and journalism have appeared in several journa...
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Title:The Hundred Names Of DarknessFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.3 × 5.7 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:8.3 × 5.7 × 1.1 inPublished:July 12, 2016Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345815572

ISBN - 13:9780345815576

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Expectations Going into this sequel, there were high expectations because of how good the first book was. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book but there were some elements that turned this into a four-star rating instead of five. The story about the clan having to move to a new home is interesting and there's another plot going on that's not described in the summary on this page, also interesting. I also like how we see Mara getting to grips with her role in the clan. It did take a little longer to get going in the beginning, however, and I had wondered where things were going. For example, there was one part where there was an interesting story that one character told Mara but ultimately I don't know where that was supposed to take us. Still a very good book, well written and interesting characters. Just that compared to the first book, it didn't seem fully cohesive.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Expectations Going into this sequel, there were high expectations because of how good the first book was. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book but there were some elements that turned this into a four-star rating instead of five. The story about the clan having to move to a new home is interesting and there's another plot going on that's not described in the summary on this page, also interesting. I also like how we see Mara getting to grips with her role in the clan. It did take a little longer to get going in the beginning, however, and I had wondered where things were going. For example, there was one part where there was an interesting story that one character told Mara but ultimately I don't know where that was supposed to take us. Still a very good book, well written and interesting characters. Just that compared to the first book, it didn't seem fully cohesive.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved The Wildings and couldn't wait to read this sequel. It did not disapoint in any way. I was sorry when it ended. Would love it if the author decides to add more to this series.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are there more books coming? I could not wait to get back to the world of Nizamuddin's cats and this one didn't disappoint! I love the world Roy creates and am hoping for more books from her.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A satisfying follow-up I absolutely adored Nilanjana Roy's first book, The Wildings, for the way it combined urban fantasy with high literature. Roy established a lot of groundwork in this first novel, so The Hundred Names of Darkness goes right into the next adventure with the wildings. I thoroughly enjoy Roy's writing style, the way she works in Indian cultural and animal reference throughout the text and how evocative the scenery and relationships are. The books aren't just about cats, many other animals make their way into the action, including humans (known as Bigfeet). I can see that some readers may shy away from this genre because of the animal fantasy, but it is certainly worth the willful suspension of disbelief. All of that being said, while the sequel was as delightful and intriguing as the first novel, I found it somewhat predictable and a trifle repetitive. Anyone who was captured by Roy's first installment would enjoy the sequel, but for those who found the first part "just okay", they may have a struggle keeping up interest in this second part. It seemed somewhat disconnected and there was a lot of extraneous detail. Beautifully written and literary, but not as satisfying of a follow-up as I had hoped.
Date published: 2016-08-01

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Wildings Series:“Nilanjana Roy’s novel is a delight to read. Eliot’s Old Possum would have enjoyed these Practical Indian Cats.” —Salman Rushdie“With . . . The Hundred Names of Darkness, Roy has crafted a world that is as believable and every bit as lovingly rendered as [Neil] Gaiman’s [Sandman]. . . . Several memorable animals, familiar and new, light up the pages of The Hundred Names of Darkness. . . . The Hundred Names of Darkness similarly suspends the enthralled reader between two worlds. By the time you finish the book, the boundaries between these worlds seem porous like never before. It is an astounding achievement—that rare book which marries high art with what is already becoming a feverish, cult-like following.” —The Sunday Guardian“The Wildings is above all a love paean to cats; that it also happens to be a marvelously spun novel that could well become a classic in its own time is almost secondary.”—Sunday Guardian“Gripping, humorous and truly immersive.” —Sunday Indian“A novel for all seasons and ages. . . . Roy has created a world of heightened senses and myriad species, a world that seems tangibly real.” —India Today“Roy has created an immersive world of scents and sounds—we feel the corrugated steel roofs under paws, learn the best places to stay dry in a monsoon. The sleek queens, brawling toms and tail-chasing kittens live by a feline moral code, and you can feel their claws unsheath at the thought of the human world plotting their destruction. . . . It’s an absorbing debut. . . . It’s enjoyable to be reminded of how much life teems in our cities, and of just how many stories have nothing to do with us.” —Maclean’s “One of the joys of this novel is Roy’s intricately imagined animal, avian, even insect society—a community that lives alongside but not as part of the bumbling, oblivious Bigfeet (that’s us). An ode to New Delhi and a thrilling adventure to boot.” —The Globe and Mail “[C]harming and sometimes chilling. . . . The novel is fable-esque until the deadly battle begins. . . . Roy’s obvious love of these creatures has produced a vivid world while warning of the dangers of isolation and fear. The Wildings is a novel that can seduce even those most indifferent to cats.” —Toronto Star  “[P]art Watership Down and part Slumdog Millionaire—and entirely mesmerizing.” —Reader’s Digest “A beautiful re-visioning of Delhi, of friendship and of war. Roy has made the mind-link: her wildings hunt in my dreams.” —Alissa York, author of Fauna and The Naturalist “Nilanjana Roy’s The Wildings is a charming ode to the wild, feral, and caged cats of Delhi. It achieves so much in its ground-level, cat-centric witnessing of the urban landscape, and in the complex responses it provides to questions of freedom, difference, communication, instinct, and family. Roy’s cats bring to mind the creatures of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Rikki Tikki Tavi’ and Richard Adams’ Watership Down, and like these immensely popular stories, The Wildings has a similarly warm heartbeat. I predict that Roy will win fans from all ages with this delightful debut.” —Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, author of All the Broken Things “Nilanjana Roy’s dazzlingly original The Wildings zeroes in on the mysterious and danger-filled lives of cats in a Delhi neighbourhood. The narrative, like the domain it is set in, is strikingly unique. . . . If a debut novel can be equated with a cat’s first kill, The Wildings is as perfect a strike as Mara’s. Gripping, humorous and truly immersive, it is well worth a sequel.” —The Sunday Indian “A vivid and introspective narration that unfolds the life of a band of cats that live in the alleys and ground of Delhi’s Nizamuddin area, the book delightfully welcomes you to their animal kingdom.” —The Times of India