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Jen | 1608 comments Mod
How did you experience the book? Were you engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to "get into it"?


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Book Wormy | 1801 comments Mod
I was engaged immediately and interested to see where the story went.


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Patrick Robitaille | 891 comments Like most of the novels from contemporary authors of Indian background, it was easy to get into the story and the characters. They have a characteristic method of storytelling which is quite effective.


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John Seymour I was somewhat engaged, but there was, from the very beginning, an aspect of Desai's voice that was very irritating for me.


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Pip | 1287 comments I had read this before, but didn't remember it well. I knew I had liked it a lot and was surprised at negative comments when the February books were being chosen. Why was it disliked, I wondered?


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John Seymour Pip wrote: "I had read this before, but didn't remember it well. I knew I had liked it a lot and was surprised at negative comments when the February books were being chosen. Why was it disliked, I wondered?"

I can only speak for myself, but while Desai has a distinctive voice, for me a lot of her humor (I'm being generous) came across as mean-spirited snark. I picture her as one of the Indian college girls that Biju ran into while delivering Chinese food in New York.


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