i just read the review complaining about the use of "indian" words. anyone speaking the english language has heard most of the vocabulary used in this book, unless of course one spent one's life in a McDonalds.
yes it did ramble and yes there were sub plots and characters but thats how an indian novel should come across. this is not for those who survive on a diet of hollywood movie plot books.
i even listened to it a second time just to have the words wash over me again.
This book defies its own portentous touting of christian values by claiming to be history. If i wrote a book about fairies and leprechauns and called it history would it still appear in the history section?
there is little history only opionion, supposition and repeating of oft told fairy tales. if you have been unlucky enough to buy this shlokk then listen to it to remind yourself of how history has been manipulated and distorted over the millenia by "scholars" such as this with their own agendas.
and to the point on the narrator. was he in the throes of an elecution program? his prononciation wavered between pompous church of england to faux boston.
i bought this under the impression it was about waves. no its about bodies carved from granite, flashing smiles etc. etc.
no bland cliche about surfers is left unsaid. every dreary conversation recorded "that was real", "real gnarly". "his phone rang in the next room" with no sequitor.
unfortunately no conversation of any interest was included. maybe the editor was unable to deal with polysyllabic dialogue.
this book has been written to be read with a clanging 140db soundtrack of thrash metal playing in the background and immediately forgotten.
this book spawned a philosophy followed by alan greenspan, late of the FED, yes the same man who brought you housing and tech bubbles. for a philosophy that preaches responsibility and market logic perhaps the length of this tome confused the man (and his peers).
this is my first review but i was horrified to see that this books is cited as the second most influential book after the bible. perhaps that in itself explains much of its attraction and our sorry state.
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