This is a difficult book to review, not because it was bad but because it had so many unexpected twists and turns that you were constantly wondering hThis is a difficult book to review, not because it was bad but because it had so many unexpected twists and turns that you were constantly wondering how it all fitted together. I really enjoyed this book and didn’t want it to end. The reader is constantly bewildered, fascinated, confounded, intrigued, surprised and enchanted. This makes it sound like it is difficult to read, but quite contrary, it just flows gently along gradually unfolding. The reader is placed in the same state as the main character, who cannot grasp what is happening to him and others around him.
Surreal is without a doubt the best description of this novel.
It reminded me of a gentler version of John Fowles “The Magus”, another of my favourite novels, where the main character can’t perceive what is happening to him or why.
This is a great read, well crafted. It is a book I will savour for a few years and then pick it up and read again. Highly recommended. ...more
This book describes the underbelly of Bombay. It is the story of the author’s time on the run from jail in Australia. This is reportedly a true story,This book describes the underbelly of Bombay. It is the story of the author’s time on the run from jail in Australia. This is reportedly a true story, but it reads more like an adventure crime novel than an autobiography. Some reviewers have criticised this book as using overly flamboyant language, which it does in some very small parts, but for the rest it, it shows that Gregory David Roberts is an accomplished wordsmith. Is it an autobiography or a novel? It’s hard to say. Much of it seems too incredible for anyone to have experienced, but it also seems that it is too improbable for an author to have dreamt up. Personally I believe it is fundamentally true with the addition of creative writing that brings Bombay and it’s people to life. Regardless of how you approach this book it is a definite cannot put down must read, and the reader can make their own conclusions as to where fact and fiction diverge. ...more