REVIEWS OF THE HOUSE WITH A THOUSAND STORIES

  1. "In Kashyap's crumbling House, is the beating heart of Assam; in its belly its termites, its conflicts, its dogs that lay eggs, its stunning fireflies, its dangerous gossip, the disintegrating spines of its own histories. Beside it is the Brahmaputra, the river that veers towards the villages it loves, consumes them whole as emblematic of Kashyap's House's stories of love that end in disaster. The House with a Thousand Stories is the complex tale of an India rarely seen outside North East India, scarcely spoken about, making Kashyap's debut a courageous and necessary one." - Nii Ayikwei Parkes, winner of Prix Laure Bataillon 2014.

  2. “Aruni captures the historical silence that has, over the years, eluded many writers . . . one of the most original and honest voices from contemporary India, and not just India's north-east, as suggested in the book jacket.” —CNN-News18

  3. “[An] abiding sense of hurt and separateness from the Indian state permeates The House with a Thousand Stories... [Kashyap's] tactile prose, beautifully flawed characters …brings to life and empathy a little-known corner of the region.” —ELLE MAGAZINE

  4. “Beautiful and devastatingly torn… Kashyap leaves us with something sparkling in this wreckage—a quality common to all great tragedies. A novel to savor.” – MINT

  5. “Kashyap breaks a basic rule of plotting a book: giving away what happens next. It is a mark of his confidence as a writer; he knows his storytelling will keep the reader hooked…a promising debut, . . . reminiscent of Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines.” – THE ASIAN AGE

  6. “It is remarkable that Kashyap has been able to weave the theme of the insurgency and the consequent extrajudicial killings in Assam in the 1990s deftly into the everyday lives of his protagonists.” - FRONTLINE

  7. “Like Marquez’s Macondo, these are places which seem to exist only fleetingly, where stories are at once ephemeral and eternal. The House with a Thousand Stories leaves one with the feeling that something is irretrievably lost, and yet, as the entrancing, languorous love scene at the end suggests, there is much beauty, more rarefied for being so transient, strained out in the process.” – THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

  8. “A novel often affects the way we look at a place or a people. Aruni Kashyap's novel will certainly change the way we look at Assam.” – INDIA TODAY

  9. “Kashyap brings home the reality of the terror that his characters live with.” – DAILY NEWS & ANALYSIS

  10. “A tale where the haunting past coexists with the violent present. Aruni Kashyap's debut novel, set in Assam, sees the author at the height of his powers with a sensitive yet strong narrative.... Kashyap is below thirty. Amazing talent from one so young!” – THE DECCAN HERALD

  11. “There are very few works of fiction in the English literature that have managed to portray the pain and suffering of the people of the Northeast as Aruni Kashyap’s novel.” – THE FINANCIAL CHRONICLE

  12. “The House with a Thousand Stories brings alive the human dimensions of a turbulent period of political and social upheaval with remarkable tenderness and sensitivity. What could have become a stark and grim political treatise is humanised by the author’s depth of characterisation, the occasional touches of humour and an abiding sense of hope and idealism that shines through the contours of tragedy.”– FRONTLINE

  13. “There is much to be admired about Aruni Kashyap’s debut novel, but it is most impressive in its adept juggling of the personal with the political.” – THE SUNDAY GUARDIAN

  14. “...voices the story of a land torn by violence. ...This is a great debut novel.”– THE TRIBUNE

  15. “An achievement for a first novel.” – THE INDIAN EXPRESS

REVIEWS OF THE HOUSE WITH A THOUSAND STORIES IN ASSAMESE

  1. Review in in Prakash, an Assamese Monthly, by Debabhushan Borah, 2014. (গ্রন্থ সমালোচনা : আৰুণি কাশ্যপৰ দ্য হাউচ ৱিথ এ থাউজেন্ড স্টৰিজ)

  2. Aruni Kashyap-or The House With a Thousand Stories-t Dondwo Songhator Chobi, in Asomiya Pratidin, by Rupraj Sharma.( আৰুণি কাশ্যপৰ দ্য হাউচ ৱিথ এ থাউজেন্ড স্টৰিজত দন্দ্ৱ-সংঘাতৰ ছবি৷)