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The Association of Small Bombs
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The Association of Small Bombs



When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, go to pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb—one of the many “small” bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world—detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys to the devastation of their parents.

Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a brief stint at university in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi, where his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are more malleable than Mansoor could imagine. Woven among the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland.

Title:The Association of Small Bombs
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages
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    The Association of Small Bombs Reviews

  • Maxwell
    May 23, 2016

    This was my May 2016 pick for Book of the Month Club. And while I didn't absolutely love this book, I'm glad I chose this one simply because it was a book I might not have picked up otherwise. It tell...

  • Larry H
    Dec 23, 2016

    I'm somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars on this one."And you know what happens when a bomb goes off? The truth about people comes out."Dense and well-told, although a bit meandering, Karan Mahajan's Th...

  • Seemita
    Nov 16, 2016

    "Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." – A A MilneIt is, in many ways, both a comforting and disturbing thought that events of negligible weight, often elevate to garg...

  • Marie
    Feb 16, 2017

    “The bomb was a child, a tantrum directed against all things.”When I started this novel, I was captivated, absorbed, thoroughly in awe of the author’s writing and the subject matter he was tackl...

  • Ellie
    Apr 02, 2016

    Not perfect but brilliant. The scenes of grief are devastating and the portrait of the making of a terrorist fascinating. Interestingly, the intense lyrical beauty of the first half is mostly drained ...

  • Snotchocheez
    Apr 23, 2017

    3 starsI think I'm overdosing on war and terrorism, which are not the best subjects to be stuck on in these very volatile days of late. It's not necessarily Karan Mahajan's fault that his thought-prov...

  • Julie
    Dec 29, 2016

    The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan is a 2016 Viking Books publication. I’m on a kick this week, reading books that have been nominated for awards, mainly to branch out some and try new ...

  • Jill
    Jan 19, 2016

    “And you know what happens when a bomb goes off?” asks one of the bomb-makers at one significant point in this book. “The truth about people comes out.”More than an explanation of why young ac...

  • Jessica Weil
    Oct 13, 2016

    In the wake of a horrific act of terrorism, it’s all too easy to write off those responsible as inhuman monsters. In The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan challenges us to dig deeper and see...

  • Jignasha
    Nov 07, 2016

    Dull is the word I would use to describe this read.The premise is certainly interesting - two young brothers die in a bomb blast in Delhi, while a third friend accompanying them survives with minor in...