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Book of two halves - twice as long as it should be
on 23 June 2009
At over 400 pages, this book is twice as long as it should be. It can be roughly split into a good half and a bizarre bad half.
I love books on India and this looked promising to begin with - the central character, Meena, ensnares her sister's boyfriend and lives to regret it. The trouble is that she isn't very likable - if fact a bit of a misandrist. Her lovely father who tries to do so much for her is ridiculed. Her husband and brother in law are portrayed as rather pathetic and her spineless son seems to have an almost Oedipus complex.
I found the politicization and the academic success of her mother and sister bizarre. The second half was just a vacuous political rant interspersed with tales of "poor me, poor me". Much more could have been made of the relationship with her sister in law and her childless marriage.
I would almost have expected this book to have been written by a "wimmin", so it was surprising that a man wrote it. Very disappointing.