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An Atlas Of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy
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Apr 11, 2011

it was ok
Read from April 07 to 12, 2011

The Good Stuff

* Beautifully almost lyrically written.
* The landscape feels so real you could reach out and touch it.
* You can feel the authors love for the countryside
* This is not my sort of book, so please if you think you will like it, go get it, the author has talent. Check out the more positive reviews from other people listed below
* Some light humour - enjoyed the swearing bird

The Not so Good Stuff

* This one was a painful read for me as I just couldn't get into it, but too stubborn to not finish it
* Very slow
* The men are self involved selfish misogynistic bastards and quite frankly just didn't give a rats ass about any of them. Mukunda had potential but he ended up hurting people due to his own selfish desires too
* I don't understand the choices made by many of the characters and it is in a world I do not understand
* quite depressing and bitter at times

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Submerged just beneath the surface of their talk was the sense that his departure was a scorning of their lives, the redrawing of a pattern that had already been perfected."


"Bitterly she muttered "God's ways are strange, that he should give children to those who don't care for them and leave me childless"


"But Nirmal could not disguise it from himself. He had brought in the child when it was convenient for him, and now that Bakul was growing up it was no longer convenient."


What I Learned

* That I really am not a huge fan of flowery prose
* Seems I am a bit of a feminist after all

Who should/shouldn't read

* Not for those like me who need a more exciting storyline -- if you like character pieces this may be for you
* Probably better suited for those who are far more well read than I

2.5 Dewey's (This is based on MY enjoyment NOT on the talents of the author)
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