This is a long and difficult work. Having an audio version probably makes it easier to follow since much of it is stream of consciousness, and the narrator does an excellent job of distinguising the different characters. The effect of the novel is cumulative--and well worth the effort.
I was very much looking forward to reading this book. I love long books, and this one had been enthusiastically recommended. I could not get past the equivalent of the first twenty pages. Two reasons. First, I had just finished Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers and found this author's romantic portrayal or the Mumbai slums unreal and offensive. Second, his writing is truly horrible. Repititive, jargon-filled, just plain clunky. Given the build up (including the number of five-star reveiws), I was incredibly disappointed. Read Katherine Boo and read good literary fiction. Give this turkey a miss.
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