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Buddha's Orphans by Samrat Upadhyay
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Aug 03, 2010

really liked it
Read from August 02 to 03, 2010

For several years, I have enjoyed reading books about India and India ex-pats. This was my first foray across the border into Nepal, and what a delightful foray it was! Upadhyay's writing is uncomplicated and lets the other elements take center stage: the characters, the political climate, Nepali culture, and the relationships. I found myself with an enormous lump in my throat and knot in my stomach at times, only to be comforted in the next chapter, and grinning to myself before long. I fell in love with the characters, especially Raja. Their struggles, insecurities, convictions, and joys meld together to create a most compelling tale of love, loss, triumph, and heartbreak throughout latter 20th century Nepal. I became engrossed in this book over the course of a few days and could not put it down. I will certainly be picking up more of Upadhyay's books in the future!

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