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The Invitation by Anne Cherian
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May 27, 2012

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I enjoyed reading this, but it was pretty slight. The characters never really rose above the level of caricature, making them seem like cardboard cutouts. The ending was very unsatisfying (she was aiming for pat, I think, and missed) and left too many questions unanswered. The thing that bugged me the most was that in a middle of a conversation, the narrating character would go off on a reverie about their past (usually what had happened in India before they left), which would go on for several pages - and then when the conversation resumed, I wouldn't remember what they'd been talking about, and had to flip pages back to remember who had spoken before the long tangent. This made the book awkward, and badly structured. I originally picked it up because the blurbs on the back compared it to Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen, and to those people, I just say, "WHAT???????"
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