Bollywood Extras: A Novel From Mumbai

Rated 4.95/5 based on 19 reviews
"Bollywood Extras" is like "Lolita" meets "The Day of the Locust", but set in contemporary India (not America) and staged against a backdrop of rabid religious terrorism. Written with the uniquely black comedic, literary flair Dr Starrs is renown for, this, his 3rd novel, boldly captures the feel of Mumbai and the small-time players in its big-time film industry, with style, humor and originality. More
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About Dr D. Bruno Starrs

Dr D. Bruno Starrs was born in Adelaide, South Australia, in a hospital. It was a year he cannot remember very well. He is a mongrel of a human: his ancestry is a mix of Irish, Maltese and Indigenous Australian.
Bruno's qualifications include two Masters degrees and a PhD from highly reputable Australian universities. Despite such a thorough education his verbal diarrhea has yet to be cured.

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Reviews of Bollywood Extras: A Novel From Mumbai by Dr D. Bruno Starrs

JustineMarr reviewed on Jan. 28, 2014

An excellent novel about contemporary India
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
smudge kitten reviewed on March 15, 2013

Quite good. Recommended reading.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Alexis Mozambique reviewed on March 6, 2013

I was very impressed with the writing in this e-book. Top notch!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Angela Cartwright-Jones reviewed on March 5, 2013

The Day of the Locust thing might be a bit of a gimmick but this is a great novel in its own right!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Vesna Khan reviewed on Feb. 20, 2013

A quality novel. Important fiction with more than a kernel of truth...
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Serge MacKenzie reviewed on Feb. 18, 2013

This is an excellent work of post-modern literature, referencing that great little 1939 novella by Nathanael West: "Day of the Locust". And just as "Locust" does so searingly with Hollywood, "Bollywood Extras" tears down the glamor and glitz of India's Bollywood and reveals the sordid underbelly of that most shallow of industries. Virtually all the major West parallels are there in Starrs' work: Pyle = Hackett, Chandy = Faye, Ishmail = Abe (although not a midget), Dickey = Estee, Mitra = Greener and, for want of a closer parallel, Sala = Homer. There's even the cockfight, and of course, the movie premiere's finale. But more than "Locust", Starrs adds to the dystopic feel of Hollywood/Bollywood by bringingto the fore the shallow, mindless repugnance of religious fundamentalism, setting his story against the bloody backdrop of the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai. Bravo, Dr. Starrs! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Meli Gupta reviewed on Feb. 17, 2013

Serious themes treated with humor and style. Not many authors are so brave and talented.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Estelle Gibson reviewed on Feb. 7, 2013

Simplyy awesome.
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Giorgio Raneri reviewed on Feb. 7, 2013

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Richie Richardson reviewed on Feb. 4, 2013

This novel is a 21st Century literary classic. It illustrates yet another example of how Islamic fundamentalism (fuelled by hate, misogynistic jealousy and, yes! it's true! ampehatamines and the other illicit drugs the Taliban , Al Qaeda and other Arab war-lords fund their illegal, poisonous attacks with) poses the greatest threat to the US there is today. Every American citizen should read this novel. Five stars! Or should I say five Starrs?
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
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