©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)
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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