There is no doubt this was a well-written book - Desai packs each sentence with deep thought and an elevated vocabulary. The characters are fleshed out and really come alive as you read. However, she covers the text with Indian words, some of which I've never seen; and given her sentence structure, it is impossible to pick up their contextual meaning. I lost a lot of delight in the book because of that.
A theme Desai touched on well here was injustice - is it right to hurt and steal from those whom you consider "too good" or "too bad" in the name of enforcing justice? One of the examples of this, near the end of the book, made me so angry I had to stop reading and come back to it. I was so worked up that my husband made me take a Clonazepam. I dare you to read the book and *not* feel that way.
If a book can evoke an emotional reaction from its reader, then it's worth the read. Stick through the first 50 pages, it gets better. Recommended for a patient reader who doesn't mind getting worked up.
Desai uses language beautifully to give the reader a vivid image of life for these characters in India. You can feel the dampness from rain, smell the mountain air, taste Cook's odd concoctions from her words. The beginning is slow and I, personally, was saddened by the ending, but it was still worth reading. If you have lived or traveled abroad, this may give you an opportunity to see your culture through the eyes of another. 2006 Booker Prize Winner. Recommended.
The after effects of colonization, insecurities, identity crises.
Status, ever-changing depending on the beholder
Ignorance of culture, suppression of one's own culture,
Plenty to chew on in this book . With beautiful sentence construction the characters are well developed, the era well described etc
Glimpse into the life of some lonely characters set against the backdrop of the Himalayas and the seedy underbelly of New York City. The aching of the characters bleeds through the well-written text and you are transported.
Heartbreaking and sad, too realistic reminder that racism still exists, even in the most remote areas of the world. This book almost reads like poetry. It is almost a pity this is being made into a movie.
I loved this book, which is an interesting treatment of the immigrant experience. You have a judge who left India and returned, people who left and were disappointed with what they found elsewhere and people who want nothing more than to leave. A fascinating exploration of a post-colonial society with well-developed, complex characters. Not a beach read, for sure, but a thoughtful and thought-provoking novel, well worth reading.
it is a pleasure to read a book that is well-written, with thought-out, more 'complex' sentences than many of the good books out there today. there are also many interesting themes - the perspective of well-to-do Indians within their country; an Indian immigrant in an America that doesn't live up to his hopes; a teenage girl trying to understand class differences within romance. there is no sugar-coating in this story. however, despite *wanting* to really love this book, i found i finished it only having an intellectual interest in it. i think that perhaps the characters, although interesting, were not developed well enough to feel connected to them. definitely worth reading for the themes of the story, but not, as others mentioned, for a fun, feel-good read.
I enjoyed this book! I particularly like to read books that take place in different cultures and countries thrown in with some historical or political facts. The author did a good job of describing the environment and the characters.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2006.This takes place in an isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in Himalyas. It is the story of an embittered judge who wants to retire in peace and his granddaughter. The judge's cook watches over the granddaughter. The cook's son is the center of the cook's attention. The characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consquences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.