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on 8 March 2015
not one of her better novels was disappointed.
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on 28 December 2014
Much enjoyed
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on 6 September 2004
touching, moving and at times acarely realistic. The writing is controled and Desai never falls into the trap of melodrama that so many Indian authors seem unable to avoid.
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on 8 September 2014
Absolute drivel. I feel I may have missed the point of this novel.
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One star only because I could not give it zero. I was on the "People's Jury" on the Channel Four Booker Prize coverage this year, and none of us was excited by Desai's novel. This book is an unconvincing, poorly written homogeny of two disjointed short stories that should NEVER have metamorphosed from wood pulp and ink, yet alone be shortlisted for the award. And as for "runner up", what a farce. The characters are pathetic. The father (retired lawyer) is duped out of a dowry for his daughter TWICE! How stupid. The central character (Uma) is so pathetic you want her to do something, anything to break the monotony and tedium of the writing. I can guarantee that if you read this book you will feel cheated out of your money and will not want to touch any of her other books. Sorry, but if this is the standard needed to be shortlisted then Jeffrey Archer stands a chance next year. At least his books have a story ....Avoid this book, I implore you
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on 19 January 2016
OK
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on 13 December 2000
The book is so exciting and well written, I could not leave it before I had read it all. Beautiful characteristics of the Indian sister and brother and their surroundings.
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