This book has a wonderful story to tell but the time and narrative shift adds an element suspense which I didn't see the next turn in the plot. I've read 1984, All Quiet on the Western Front, Lord of Flies, Lolita, War & Peace and numerous others and this book has the right to be considered part of that list.
The story at its core could have been done faster than the author choose to write it but it goes into great detail about every aspect of these characters' lives and thoughts. The part which frustrated me was the in-depth conversion which the author writes, and drones continuously at some points in the book. There were a couple of times I wanted to stop the audiobook but since I was half way or more I continued, it felt like I chore rather than interesting novel.
Place it on the "maybe when I'm bore list, I'll read it."
This is the Iraq war version of Catch-22, with laughs and connections to current life. I laughed at the idea that even half of this book might be true. While I thought Catch-22 went on and on about the craziness of WWII this book get to the craziness in a funnier way.
I am East Indian and have read this book before, I wanted to reread this book for a long time but simple did not have the time. With my long daily commute this audiobook was the perfect solution, but I was not prepared the terrible job Bill Wallace does with all the Hindi and Sanskrit words. He could not even correctly pronoun city names or basic geography without me cringing, this take away from the life lessons which are shared by Gandhiji. It shame and sad someone better was not picked to read this book.
Save your money and don't listen to this book, buy the actual book and read it.
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