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message 1: by Manny (new)

Manny You made me laugh :)


message 2: by C. (new)

C. You made me laugh too, even though I don't agree.


message 3: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Paul says I don't have to read it!!!


What a relief.


message 4: by Mark (new)

Mark Whew. One less guilty feeling about this tome sitting on one of my shelves. And the nails probably prevent that annoying tendency of parts of our skull just dropping off in the parking lot ...


message 5: by John (new)

John Burns It's not that bad. Perhaps not quite worth 1500 pages worth of time investment though.


message 6: by Donna (new)

Donna Now I don't feel like a dumbass for giving up 100 pages in. I was fascinated though, by that drink they kept drinking at parties. Something planty and full of cannabinoids I think. I think it was this book. Even the parties were boring.


message 7: by Gussie (last edited Aug 04, 2011 08:40AM) (new)

Gussie Hahaha. Even though I completely disagree with this review, I found this description funny. It's a pity though that you gave up so soon on it. It's much more than cutesy characters. The fun starts when the crazy ones start pouring in - from perverted uncles to morbid Arabic teachers.


message 8: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant Thank you Navdeep - but i think I will stick with Rohinton Mistry..!


message 9: by Erin (new)

Erin  Black Had a good laugh about your recommendation. :)


message 10: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant It worked for me, but may not for you!


message 11: by Jamie (new)

Jamie never even heard of this, but quite possibly my fave review evah.


message 12: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant aw, I got a few better ones... but thanks!


message 13: by Sterna (new)

Sterna Somehow the spirit of the book was for me stuck in the 1990's, and not just after the second world war, lacked the atmosphere of the time.


message 14: by Swantje (new)

Swantje After reading your review, Paul, I was wondering where the second star came from.


message 15: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant I salute the author's ambition and he is not without skill.


message 16: by Swantje (new)

Swantje That clears it up, thanks!


message 17: by Gopinath (new)

Gopinath Kochattil Great read for anyone who has nothing else to do for one whole year.


message 18: by Margitte (new)

Margitte lolol. I marked it as TBR but only then looked at the number of pages: 1474 !!! Good heavens! I don't think I will make it so will reconsider.


message 19: by Sevgi (new)

Sevgi How many times have you eaten Turkish delight?


message 20: by Paul (last edited Mar 02, 2014 05:44AM) (new)

Paul Bryant too many times... last time was last night in this restaurant




message 21: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Must let you know, I did the unthinkable and read the book - from the first to the last word! Now, I need a pat on the back please. I think, no, correction, I KNOW I can climb the Himalayas next :-))


message 22: by Paul (last edited Mar 03, 2014 12:39AM) (new)

Paul Bryant so you liked it! very good - now onwards to In Search of Lost Time


message 23: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Paul wrote: "so you liked it! very good - now onwards to In Search of Lost Time"

Hehehehehe, I need a break! BE NICE!!!! :-)


message 24: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Alice By Derek York?


message 25: by Karleen (new)

Karleen Haha I also had this on the "to read" list but think i shall remove given the number of pages and multiple reviewes suggesting monotony. Paul I laughed out loud to this review and read it to my partner who did the same. Love the sense of humour some people have on negative reviews, I enjoyed this one I found on Bryce Courtenay's "The Persimmon Tree" tonight: "I haven't done it yet, but will find mild pleasure in burning this book. And I won't feel like a Nazi...."


message 26: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant Thanks Karleen - I have a lot of fun with the books I don't like.


message 27: by Oscar I (new)

Oscar I Cobo Currently reading this on a challenge to finish in 48 hours. On page 465, 5 hours in and I want to use this brick of a book to beat myself with


message 28: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant Wow - your message was posted 12 hours ago, so please bring us up to date!


message 29: by Deborah (new)

Deborah I think he beat himself up.


message 30: by Bob (new)

Bob H An amusing review, and I'll bear it in mind when I look up this book. However, if you haven't read Felix Salten's Bambi, and I mean the original novel, I suggest you do so: you might find it far darker than the sugary Disney version.


message 31: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant it is often the case.


message 32: by Ravi (new)

Ravi Chander I made it to a little over 300 pages and then gave up. Came here to see if someone felt like me, and voilà I find your review.


message 33: by Sally (new)

Sally Baldwin My (used) copy just arrived, holy hannah I didn't know it was so huge. I was sort of daunted after 2 pages. Very glad to find out how others had liked it. Bless you for saving me...


message 34: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant you can use it to reach the awkward top shelf in your kitchen, so it's not a complete loss


message 35: by Selva (new)

Selva Subramanian I had done close to 200 pages n given up. now Iam planning to give it another 100 pages to finally decide to put it down or not:)


message 36: by Phillis (new)

Phillis don't put it down.. they are very cute (the characters) ..I love kabir (he's just soo lovely)


message 37: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant sorry Phillis, you're too late... I put it down. In both senses!


message 38: by Kamakshi (new)

Kamakshi Paul, you can say that the characters are a bit exaggerated but there were people with mindsets and behaviour like Arun and Meenakshi. There were either people totally against British rule, or considered them superior and better than anyone else. Well, as for your comment Paul, it's not wrong, but at the same time I don't agree with it. It sometimes becomes so elaborate and descriptive that you get bored and REALLY want to put it down, but (most) Indians can identify with the characters and their feelings, especially those who experienced those times. : )


message 39: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant well of course I do appreciate that many readers loved this and I hoped I would too... but, sigh, I didn't. And so you gotta call it like you see it, that's what we do here on GR.


message 40: by Yoon (new)

Yoon I read the trilogy and enjoyed them immensely. I highly recommend reading them to my friends and others enthusiasts of Hindu culture. The lovely feelings I felt, during and post reading, has them on my re-read list (and soon).


message 41: by Kavita (new)

Kavita I need some nails!


message 42: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant they work fine


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