©1995 Rohinton Mistry; (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Mistry...needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical." (The New York Times)
Yes, absolutely. I have felt cheated a number of times spending only one credit but, I am glad I took a chance on this one. As others have said, the book is a little slow to start but, as I got to know the characters, I began to feel that they were a part of my own family. I desperately wanted them to succeed but, just like real life, they often did not. It felt great when they did get a break. I can't forget the narrator John Lee. He was fantastic as always.
Kind of a Schindler's list. This book haunts me. I hope it is not really that bad anywhere. Maybe it is. Maybe I'm naive, probably. We really have a wonderful life here in the USA.
I gave it a 5 because of how it demanded my attention and has kept my thoughts for many months. It is truly a story to ponder.
After reading The Kite Runner I really wanted a story that would give me that same insight into another culture. It's like traveling without leaving home!Although I would reccomend this book I must agree with other reviewers, be warned: it's not a happy ending. It is a good story with great characters, and engulfs you in India and the times and culture.
I am so glad I purchased this audio book. The lives of the characters was so very interesting... devastating at times... I felt like I was right there with them which to me is indicative of good story-telling. The narrator is excellant. I was disappointed the story had to end. I wanted to know more about how their lives went on.
This great book gives insight into India and to life itself like other greats such as Passage to India. I followed it up by reading the text and realized that listening to the book was almost as good, except for the many unfamiliar Indian words and phrases that were easier to follow in print. It would be nice if Audible in the future posted online supplementary pages that would help explain some things that are inevitably obscure in a reading -- in this case, a glossary of Indian words and expression would have been helpful. Certainly I will never think of Indira Gandhi and her State of Emergency in the same way after reading about the impact her effort at "beautification" had on the poor of India. Of course, I don't know how accurate this depiction is...
I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites
I agree with the other reviewers. This is a beautiful and devistating book. I can't imagine the will required to persist in such a land. The characters are so well described and so well read. I was sorry to finish but I didn't think that I could stand to hear much more.
One would think that there would be some good coming out of all of the horrible struggles that these characters endure. I was so disappointed when I reached the end of the book. If you want to feel complete dispair at the end of a long "read", than do read this book!
This is a very well-written book, but it left me very angry. i felt the writer used his great talent to plainly manipulate the reader. The structure of this rather long book becomes quite predictable after a while: nice, sweet relaxed parts followed by gruesome cruel ones. The "bad" parts become more and more intolerable, and once you realize the pattern you kind of dread what's to follow.
As i said, the book is very manipulative. Like a horror film made by a talented director, whose main objective is to leave you shaken and breathless. This requires writing skills, no doubt, but it's far from being "good literature" or even just literature for that matter.
The narration is very good, which, in a way makes things even worse. It's as if the narrator is an accomplice to the writer's manipulative story-telling.
It is especially pitiful as Mr. Mistry is such a fine writer. His other books are really good. He knows better, no doubt.
I know many have listened to this book and given it very high ratings. It wasn't until I finished it that I realized that the plot was one catastrophe after another. The characters were well developed and the writing is well deserving of three stars but I found the book generally depressing.
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