I just can’t seem to get enthused about this book. I didn’t dislike it. But I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. That’s the trouble with literary awards like the Man Booker Prize. They just raise your expectations.
This is a big book. It’s got issues like revolution, immigration, loneliness, colonialism, poverty, class, and identity. But it’s a small book too, focusing for long passages on a teenager named Sai and the boy she has a crush on. It works, even though it sounds like it might not.
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The New York Times does a much better job of talking about this book than I am doing (duh). Here is a link to their 2006 review.