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...
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