A lot of people seem to have marked this book down based on it's portrayal of leprosy. My review of this book is based on the fact that it is a work of fiction which happens to feature characters with leprosy, it is not a text book so I have not looked into it's accuracy as I feel that to do that would take away from my enjoyment of a work of fiction. This isn't a criticism of those people who have commented on it in that way, if leprosy is something they know about then the book will be a let down to them if it is not accurate. I enjoyed this book and didn't want to detract from that by studying around it too closely, many great classics have been ruined for me by studying them at A level and beyond. When I've read the same books purely for pleasure I've found them infinitely more enjoyable.
Aside from the portrayal of lepers, I found this book an enjoyable read which was well crafted, you cared for the characters and it moved along at a reasonable speed. It's not an un-put-downable edge of your seat that has you gripped from beginning to end, more something to take to the beach with you to while away a few hours when you don't want to think too hard.