I read the book when it first came out and while I thought it an excellent story, I also found it dark and a little depressing. What a surprise to experience the audio version of this book! Frank McCourt does an exemplary job of bringing his characters and story to life. The humor is sometimes subtle and I missed too much of it in my own reading. This is unfortunate because he finds humor in so many places - childish misunderstandings of the adult world, the matter-of-factness with which religious and political beliefs are held, the quirky characters that make this world go round. I've listened to more than a hundred audio books and this narration is my favorite.
I enjoyed insight into the culture - especially that of the slums. I could have done without all the philosophy. Also, the author tries to dispense many "truisms" that sound clever and insightful, but under closer inspection, seem flimsy. I think a sprinkling of these would have been fine, but I was gritting my teeth half-way through.
Yes, to the right person, but with several disclaimers.
I laughed out loud when the narrator takes a shower with Prabakar in the village for the first time.
So far all the very highly recommended books on Audible have been excellent reads. I've read books from genres I normally wouldn't, including science and historical fiction. Maybe it's that I don't like "romance" novels, but I found this book disappointing. The sex is fine, but my god, can we have some plot? Even more history would have been welcome. I liked the characters and the reading was excellent. If it weren't for that and the hope that something might actually happen, I would have bailed early on.
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