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The Konkans - D'Souza, Tony
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The Pig A long time ago, my uncles bought a pig. I was a few months old at the time. I'd like to say that my uncles bought the pig to herald my birth, but no, it was instead to celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, my namesake and our family's patron saint, the man who had brought Catholicism and the roots of Konkani, my uncles' language, to the western coast of India, where they and my father were from, in the early sixteenth century. My uncles had been in America less than a year, my father, four years. My mother was born in Detroit, had spent three years in the Peace Corps in India, where she'd met and married my father. My uncles were rowdy, debonair young men in the Indian way, not like my father at all. My father was a replica of my grandfather, a police commissioner in Karnataka state, a man as hard as granite with the old Portuguese work ethic as sure in him as his tightly clipped mustache. There was a photo album in our house devoted just to pictures of him, and whether he was in his captain's uniform with the sash and epaulets and his Lee-Enfield rifle on his shoulder, or whether he was in his rattan chair on the porch of his house in India in a white T-shirt and lungi wrap with one hand raised on his cane, he never cracked a smile. That's what my father was like, too. But my uncles did not have the burdens on them that my father did as a firstborn Konkan son, and they liked to drink and dance and joke and chase women. My mother says that the transition to American life was hard for all of them, but the pictures of my uncles from that time don't support that idea. In picture after picture, my uncles flank my father, smiling like boys up to something, while my father does his best impression of a senator. For two years, my uncles lived in the basement of our house on Nelson Street, and then my father got fed up with them and sold the house, and we left Chicago for the suburbs. My uncles were then on their own. The one uncle was named Samuel Erasmus, but my father renamed him Sam when he arrived, and the other was named Lesley Wenceslaus, but my father renamed him Les. This was to help them fit in to America. When they got off the plane at O'Hare in 1973, they were both sporting Fu Manchu mustaches that swept the edges of their chins, because an American kung fu film had been all the rage in India the year before, and knowing nothing of America other than that, they'd grown those mustaches to get ready for their immigration to it. No one else wore mustaches like that in their town in southern India, so everyone had known what they were up to and where they were going. According to my uncles, they became very popular with girls. The first thing my father said to his brothers at the airport, even before Welcome, which he never said, was, Those mustaches have to go. He stopped at a Walgreens on the way home to buy disposable razors, and before they could even sit down to their first American meal, meat loaf History History eBook, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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The Konkans: Paperback: Mariner Books: 9780156034937: 10 Feb 2009: Francisco D'Sai is a firstborn son of a firstborn son?all the way back to the beginning of a long line of proud Konkans, the? Jews of India,? who abandoned their Hindu traditions, knelt before Vasco da Gama's sword and Saint Francis Xavier's cross, and became Catholics. In Chicago circa 1973, Francisco's Konkan father, Lawrence, does his best to assimilate into American culture, drinking a lot and speaking little. But Fr. Francisco D'Sai is a firstborn son of a firstborn son?all the way back to the beginning of a long line of proud Konkans. Known as the "Jews of India," the Konkans kneeled before the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's sword and before Saint Francis Xavier's cross, abandoned their Hindu traditions, and became Catholics. In 1973 Francisco's Konkan father, Lawrence, and American mother, Denise, move to Chicago, where Francisco is born. His father, who does his best to assimilate into American culture, drinks a lot and speaks little. But his mother, who served in the Peace Corps in India, and his uncle Sam (aka Samuel Erasmus D'Sai) are passionate raconteurs who do their best to preserve the family's Konkan heritage. Friends, allies, and eventually lovers, Sam and Denise feed Francisco's imagination with proud visions of India and Konkan history. Filled with romance, comedy, and masterful storytelling, The Konkans leaves us surprised by what secrets history may hold for us if only we wonder enough to look. Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945) Books, , , , The Konkans, Tony D'Souza, 9780156034937, Mariner Books, , , , ,, [PU: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich]

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Francisco D'Sai is a firstborn son of a firstborn son-all the way back to the beginning of a long line of proud Konkans. Known as the "Jews of India," the Konkans kneeled before the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's sword and before Saint Francis Xavier's cross, abandoned their Hindu traditions, and became Catholics. In 1973 Francisco's Konkan father, Lawrence, and American mother, Denise, move to Chicago, where Francisco is born. His father, who does his best to assimilate into American culture, drinks a lot and speaks little. But his mother, who served in the Peace Corps in India, and his uncle Sam (aka Samuel Erasmus D'Sai) are passionate raconteurs who do their best to preserve the family's Konkan heritage. Friends, allies, and eventually lovers, Sam and Denise feed Francisco's imagination with proud visions of India and Konkan history. Filled with romance, comedy, and masterful storytelling, The Konkans leaves us surprised by what secrets history may hold for us if only we wonder enough to look. ? asia,catholicism,christian books and bibles,christianity,contemporary,domestic life,history,india,literary,literature and fiction Christian Books & Bibles, Mariner Books

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Francisco D´Sai, the son of a Konkan father, Lawrence, and an American mother, Denise, grows up surrounded by the colorful tales of India and Konkan history, stories that feed his imagination and give him a profound sense of his heritage and its meaning in his life. Reprint. The Konkans Bücher > Fremdsprachige Bücher > Englische Bücher Taschenbuch 02.2009 Buch (fremdspr.), Mariner Books, 02.2009

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The Konkans
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D'Souza, Tony

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The Konkans

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015603493X

Francisco D'Sai is a firstborn son of a firstborn son in a long line of proud Konkans. His mother and his uncle Sam feed Franciscos imagination with proud visions of India and Konkan history, in this novel filled with romance, comedy, and masterful storytelling.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780156034937
ISBN (ISBN-10): 015603493X
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Date de parution: 2009
Editeur: Mariner Books
308 Pages
Poids: 0,299 kg
Langue: eng/Englisch

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