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Jump to navigation. Forster's A Passage to India, where the most ordinary becomes extraordinary through the writer's craft. To mark the ordinariness, we have a nameless year-old protagonist from a nameless little town apparently Varkala, a beach town in south Kerala and a nameless father called vappa.
Sadness is devastatingly beautiful in Anees Salim’s new novel (or is it his imagined life?)
Anees Salim's The Small-Town Sea is about a childhood interrupted by untimely death, departures and bereavement. This is a book where excursions to the beach turn hideously wrong. Childhood here is frequently interrupted by untimely death, departures and bad dreams. As Vappa slips in and out of coma, he places his fingers on his lips, a gesture his family assumes is a final demand for silence. The narrator is also prone to nightmares, both when asleep and awake.
Sadness, the next time you decide to come to me, make sure you have crossed paths with Anees Salim before you catch up with me. I — or anyone, for that matter — cannot avoid sadness. At some point in our lives, we have to be touched by sadness, and I want to be touched by a sadness that is Anees Salimesque if I could invent a term like this. There should be beauty and humour in my sadness. But the family of four — the boy, his parents, whom he called Vappa father and Umma mother , and his infant sister, whom they called Little — relocate to the seaside hometown as the father wants to die in the town where he had grown up. They rent a house named Bougainvillea on a sea-facing cliff.