Top positive review
21 March 2019
A book like this may not (and usually does not) appeal to a few individuals. But this was a compelling, intriguing and thought provoking read. I was hooked, intrigued and glad that this wax written.
Aravind Adiga covers so many aspects in the India between 1984 and 1991 with such delicacy that it leaves you scratching your head sometimes. At times the endings are unambiguous but just the journey leading upto it is so poignant to our times.
Aspects like casteism, internal scuffles, ironies of life, paradoxes and dark shades of human behaviour are painted with due care and subtlety and yet they are very much in your face. And that's probably where this book is a clear winner.
It will take you to get your brains ticking and is no breezy read, but to those looking for something different this one is a must read for sure. The characters linger deep in your mind even after the pages have exhausted themselves. You will feel spent but it will be bittersweet, just the way the book probably intended it to be. The stories are not your usual stuff. They intrude deep into the psyche of the characters and we are lead into their thoughts, their confusions, self loathings and insecurities. All in a small town of a nation finding its feet and dealing with all these aspects at a macro level.
Pick this book. If you are patient enough to go through it you wont regret it.