The only positive note is that I bought this book in my favourite city, Ubud.
Definitely I did not like this book.
Incredibly sharp black humour.
The beginning is a bit slow but suddenly.. the story flows and you want to swallow the whole book down! Impressive.
Brilliant, three times brilliant. I enjoyed so much, even in this second reading, in English version.
when I was reading it I thought I was disliking every single word of it. It's over all the lines, too cynical to stand. Then I somewhat changed my mind. I dislike every other word. Well, the author knows how to write, and the story is solid, the idea to write a long letter to the Chinese Prime Minister before his visit to India funny (though lost towards the end) but it is so raw, harsh, disenchanted, deeply hopeless that reading this book really made me unconfortable....Continua
Aravind Adiga has done a terrific job writing a novel that provides deep insight into the true face of India. It is a powerful and realistic satire that exposes the systemic corruption and the plight of the poor. I especially admire Adiga's humourous prose and linguistic flair:
"Like eunuchs discussing the Kuma Sutra, the voters discuss the elections in Laxmangarh."
"A handful of men in this country have trained the remaining 99.9 to exist in perpetual servitude; a servitude so strong that you can put the key of his emancipation in a man's hands and he will throw it back at you with a curse."
"Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of love - or do we love them behind a facade of loathing?"
Still, I can't bring myself to love this book. However enlightening the story is, I just can't feel any sympathy for Balram (the main character). Yes he is a poor guy oppressed in every way, but he is also an opportunistic, cold-blooded murderer. I half-expected him to show remorse at the end, but no, he gloats over his successful career as if his master deserves to be killed mercilessly. I just can't accept that. I can't like a book in which the protagonist is totally unlikable....Continua