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In spite of the Detail,
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This review is from: In Spite Of The Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India (Hardcover)
Whatever your views on his perspective, this is a well researched and, most of the time, a superbly written book. I add the clause because I felt that sometimes the detail got in the way of the flow of the prose. Some reviews have criticized Luce's use of interviews but these feel truthful; and writing from experience gives a book a depth that 'facts' along cannot.
When the book takes off in chapters 4 and 5 it is amongst the most lucid accounts I have read about India. It chimes with my experience and explains some of the progress I have seen in Delhi and how individual politicians can make a difference.
If there is any chance of a paperback version perhaps some thought should be given to some judicious editing because I feel that amidst the detail there is an absolute classic, admittedly more personal, account of modern India trying to get out.