This is a great story but what a pity that the narrator thinks that every foreign name and word must be heavily stressed on the last syllable. It wasn't until I read a rewiew in a magazine that I realised that one of the characters was called Laila. The reader also often thinks she has come to the end of the sentence so her voice falls, only to realise there is more to come. This happens so often it is off-putting.
A wonderful book which should have won the Orange Prize read very well.
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