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This book must be classified under weird. Jeet Thayil's Narcopolis is no easy read, no story around characters, no abstract essays, no coherent chronological account and yet it manages to make you read till the end. Of course grimacing at the gore and filth.

Almost gave it a pass when one of the book recommendation sites called it extremely dark and depressing. But surprisingly found it wasn't as bad! Even had a bit of dark humor.

This book appears to explain the stories of characters in a drug h
Sirpy Arul
Mar 12, 2014 Sirpy Arul rated it it was amazing
Strong prose, stronger poetry - a potent combination of both litters the pages of this starkly brilliant novel. Each page is filled with wit, decadence and shock as the characters hurtle from one street to another in Bombay. A must read for all barring the faint-hearted and the simple; this will disgust, invigorate and push your intellect to several levels trying to get into the skin of the drug addicts who drive the novel from all walks of life.
Jan 17, 2013 Sujatha rated it really liked it
It starts with Bombay and ends with Bombay, taking you on a whirlwind ride through the world of drug dealers , addicts, pimps and will be transported back and forth through the realistic and unnatural worlds and will end up feeling high . Even after finishing the book i still have the urge to go back at it once gain .Every news bit major and minor has been touched upon briefly in a style of his own by the author. In rashid's words there was nothing he could do about all the chaos bec ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Anne rated it it was ok
I was quite dissapointed by this Booker shortlisted book,Narcopolis,It was definitely not something I enjoyed reading.The overall plot is around an opium den in Mumbai whose characters failed to keep me interested.
The writing style is rambling,moves haphazardly from one character to another and at one point of time I just felt as if I could not understand a thing!and wanted to get over with the book!
Sep 22, 2013 Ananya marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 04, 2015 Sreekar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 21, 2015 Rajeev rated it it was ok
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