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Disappointing, dull, waste of time,
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Disappointing, dull, waste of time
As my subject line indicates I was less than impressed with Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. Along with some of the reviewers of this book I too was looking forward to being immersed in the politics, culture and conjured up sights and sounds of that most beautiful of locations, India.
The book is simply a rambling narrative that has neither direction or purpose. It's completely disjointed and, at times, seems completely lost.
The characters don't come alive so they fail to engage. I didn't feel any connection/ empathy or interest in any of them.
The structure is fragmented to the point of becoming annoying.
I rarely give up on a book but with this one I came close on several occasions. When I finally crossed the finish line (as that is how it leaves you feeling - like you've completed a marathon) I was left disappointed and, to be honest, angry that I had wasted time and effort on it.
Check out Shantaram if you are seeking a fantastically absorbing story set in and around Mumbai. The Author (Gregory David Roberts) has a writing style verging on the poetic.