This unabridged version of the book loses the nuance and beauty that make Mistry's writing great. The reader may be a wonderful cookbook writer, but she's a bored, flat, and grating as a narrator.
Please join me in protesting the lack of an UNABRIDGED VERSION.
I love history, and this book was a big disappointment: dry, unoriginal, nearly unbearable. I couldn't finish it. There could be compelling human stories and social history buried here, sometimes hinted at but then not pursued. The author is neither a good researcher nor a good story teller, and the whole effort is disjointed. If you have read 1491 and Guns, Germs, and Steel or any number of books about the early history of the New World, this is not the book for you!
The amount of research and integrity not to embellish are admirable.
HOWEVER, even though I love scholarly work, I found that this author had to tell us how she arrived at every single decision and interpretation that she made, things that are best kept to endnotes!
I am really shocked that the book was not better edited and that it still won a National Book Award.
This book is badly in need of a new edition. It is hard to bear the banality of the writing on such a fascinating and important subject!
Finally, the reader sounded like a nice lady reading to her third-grade class. A little soul would be welcome!
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