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The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan
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Jun 15, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: didn-t-finish, fiction, india
Read from June 15 to July 06, 2010

I wanted to like this book. I've read and enjoyed many books about India. And I was excited that this one was going to give me a better understanding of India's caste system. Most Indian fiction I've read so far deals almost exclusively with the Brahman and Untouchable classes, if they even mention caste at all. But I struggled, ultimately making it only to page 150. The slow pacing, my inability to engage with any of the characters, the lack of emotion or dynamism to the story---all left me worried that I'd finish the book and feel unsatiated, like anticipating a sneeze that never arrives.

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