I have made it to page 70 and am not prepared to read any further.
What I have read is basically utter crap. Sacred Games- the author's second book was fantastic, completely the opposite to this relating to the llves of Police Officers and Gangsters. Very easy to grasp, this book, I couldn't tell you what it is supposed to be about because it literally turns into several stories within another and basically not very good stories at that. It starts off set in Modern day India where it is discovered that a person or soul from a previous Indian male is trapped in the body of a monkey, This monkey is wanted dead by Yama- a spirit of the past of sorts because of the guys bad karma. In order to put of his death he states he will create the 'Big Indian Story' and tell stories to captivate Yamaha and various other persons attention for so many days. So we are then told a story which ends up turning into a story within a story.
My opinion is that the author was trying to be clever and epically failed to be honest; the story is boring, holds no interest for me and the characters feel wooden, stilted and not quite real.
Following this, we are brought back into the present and another person tells a story. The son of the Indian family who just came back from America. Now this story made zero sense at all, all about drugs, kissing women and basically getting depressed. I'm sorry but where is the interesting story in that? Or am I too stupid to get this?
Nothing wrong with Vikram's writing - it feels very accomplished, nicely descriptive but without being over the top with just description but I just don't get what he is trying to do here. His writing isn't as straightforward as it is in 'Sacred Games' but it's the way he has decided to tell the story that's made it so, not the writing itself. I think that if I had read this first, I would never have read anything by him again. So luckily this wasn't my first read by this guy, I would maybe try future books given how highly I thought of his second novel.
Absolutely ridiculous and boring, and will end up on my overrated trash shelf. Considering this is supposed to be literature, I'm in absolute shock. To me, this is not literature, this is trash basket material. Sorry Vikram. I absolutely hated it. (less)
I'll read anything wrote by this guy. Since 'the white tiger' , I've wanted to get my hands on other stuff written by him. I presumed this was a novel...moreI'll read anything wrote by this guy. Since 'the white tiger' , I've wanted to get my hands on other stuff written by him. I presumed this was a novel and wasn't aware it was actually a collection of short stories which generally speaking, I'm not a fan of to be honest. However, I read it regardless and really liked and almost loved this book.
The author is exceptionally good at character development and giving his novels a sense of place with great descriptions and imagery.
I rated it four stars rather than five as there were two stories I weren't so keen on. Overtly political which I found quite tedious and so I skipped these particular two but all of the others (and there were plenty) were faultless and led o me picking up this book at every opportunity.
I immediately took out his other novel from the library after finishing this one and going to start on it soon but so far this author has yet to disappoint me!(less)
I enjoyed this quite a bit but not the authors best. Felt it was a bit too lengthy and things were dragged out in theast 100 pages or so so I did get...moreI enjoyed this quite a bit but not the authors best. Felt it was a bit too lengthy and things were dragged out in theast 100 pages or so so I did get a little bord but up to that point, great, good character development and sense of place as usual for this author.(less)