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Girish Krishnakumar
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
Sahasranaman M S
The prose was very good, surreal and enjoyable. The characters felt honest and their delusions, desires and perspectives were very understandable. The book tells you a lot about the lives of drug addicts, and we can see how the delusions start, how they affect the character and how far they can go, but only if we are conscious and don't get carried away with the amazing prose.

Despite all the drugs and the other people, Pathar maar - the stone killer - a serial killer who kills people sleeping on
Sirpy Arul
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.
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
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!
Abhishek Pathak
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Nagendran Krishnamoorthi
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