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Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa
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Oct 07, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: india, historical-fiction, read-in-2009, movie-was-better
Read in October, 2009 — I own a copy , read count: 2

This book went from a 4 to a 2 rating after my second reading. I think I originally rated it so highly because I thought the movie version (Earth) was hot and I had watched that after the first time I read it.

During this reading, I realized that the prose wasn't that good, compared to other Indian writers. I think there were a lot of tedious unnecessary descriptions and tedious, unnecessary characters, and the pacing wasn't that great.

Really, the only compelling story is about Ayah and her admirers, which we get some of, but it just breaks off in the middle and goes into some other uncompelling story about Lenny. Stories of the Partition were violent and fascinating. But again, I think they were interspersed with too much minutiae that the author included only because she liked them and not because they had a place in telling a coherent story.
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