Top positive review
Does not deserve five-stars!
on 22 September 2016
It deserves 500! I have lost count how many times I have read it in the various formats - hard cover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. And bought it again in Kindle format even though I still have the paperback because I don't know how many times I would still read it again before I die.
No matter whether a book is fiction or non-fiction I always need my books to be entertaining. TMIAHM is great that way. Every time I start it I have to make no effort to keep reading, it just keeps grabbing me and taking me forward.
Many years ago when I read it the very first time, it was a hard cover library copy and I was sitting on the window seat in a bus going to the public library in Delhi. The purpose of reading it then was to see if I wanted to keep it or return it and get something from the library. As I read the first few paragraphs of Mannie's weird mixed up dialect I knew it was going to be a return. However by the time the bus reached the library I was waist-deep in intrigue and wild horses could not have pulled the book from my hands.
Not only do you get engrossed in the story itself, but you start caring about the characters as if they are your own family. Only RAH has that magic! Who else can make you care about a computer as a person?
I would not say you must read this book. No, be very careful picking up this book as it would shake your preconceptions, your prejudices, your lifelong beliefs! And it will probably make you cry. If you have any soul at all, it would make you cry with emotion, happiness as well as sadness. And it will haunt you. For ever!
"What is it that's moral for a group to do but not moral for a member of that group to do alone?" This and other questions like this have stayed with me ever since I read it.
So be careful, but if you can handle the rollercoaster of emotions, and if you love sci-fi, if you love good storytelling, you are in for a treat!