I truly enjoyed the lyrical writing of Kiran Desai. Despite the drastic differences in perspective from each of her characters, she maintains a smoothness throughout the book. Her scenic descriptions were also quite beautiful and engaging. It was a beautifully-written story.
With that being said, I found, at times, that it was very dreary... which, I understand, is to be expected on this topic. However, some parts dragged, and that coupled with the dreariness, made it difficult for me to want to pick it up and read. At some parts I was very engaged... but many times I went through long stretches where I could barely focus because it was so consistently solemn and a bit repetitive.
Overall, I would recommend it to someone. The topic may be depressing, and it may drag at times. But overall, I felt like I took something away from this book, I appreciated and admired the story, and I was consistently impressed by the writing. I wouldn't, however, recommend it to anyone who is looking for a "happy" read...
Meera Simhan deserves an Academy Award for her fabulous narration of this book. The story captivated me quickly, but although it is a good tale, it is the narrator who makes this audiobook shine like no other. Simhan's total command of dozens of accents (from Delhi to New York) carries you from the exotic to the mundane, but they are always easy to understand. I have never been so intrigued with Indian accents before, but Simhan's lilting voice made me want to imitate these wonderful dialects. I could listen to this over and over just for the fabulous narration.
I just can't seem to get into this. The characters seem to lack depth and the plot moves extremely slowly. If you like Steinbeck you will love this book. All description and no plot or character development. I don't like Steinbeck, and thus am quitting this one.
This is the first audio book I have not finished (out of more than 75). Well written and read but the characters lack sustaining interest for me.
I have read lots of books on tape and enjoyed most of them. I found this book really tough to get thru and finally tossed in the towel after the first half. The plot didn't grab me, I just didn't care about any of the characters, found the dialog boring and the reader irritating. This is one I won't even try to go back and finish.
I listened for 5 hours and gave up. I had no sense of where this book was going - the characters were as uninteresting as the description of their everyday lives - Depressing. In the future I'll read more reviews before purchasing.
intense, enlightening, sympathetic
Cutting for Stone, altho frankly Cutting for Stone is a better story in my opinion. However, it brings the basic American into a world we would not otherwise know and surely never understand. Both books provide an 'education' of another culture and thus an understanding of some past events in those cultures.