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All the more relevant in this day and age.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-20

Right from the very beginning, the story will hook you. It is definitely one of the slower paced tales, and much of the time is spent in the musings of the protagonist. However, they are infinitely important to understand the nuances of emotion among the people when the usual societal structure goes haywire. In my opinion, the only weak point of the story is the bathos of its few final chapters.

Narration was extraordinary. Elisabeth Moss' voice infuses such life and person into the story that I wouldn't have thought possible.

A wonderful, albeit a nerve wracking story.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-19

A stunningly beautiful picture is painted in front you -- of the Kashmir valley and of the life in a small town. The author will take you on a journey which is her own, but feels just as much yours. The apotheosis is surprisingly short, considering the book seems to spend a lot of time developing the story towards it.

Definitely recommend this book! 👌🏽

Wonderful story, apt narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-19

Jhumpa Lahiri obviously knows how to tell a tale. Broadly, we see a bird's eye view of the life of Subhash -- even though the book is from third person's view, I think the story more or less revolves around Subhash. We zoom into the more important stages of his life, and we learn about people barging into our lives, and letting us go. All of this in an incessant background of communist movement in India.

It's a beautiful book. Give it a listen. 👌🏽

Heartbreaking tale of generations!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-19

Spanning several generations, this is a beautiful tale of obsessions, of war and its consequences, and of lust. An amazing literary work.

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Mirror into the lives each one of us is living...

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-19

Initial few chapters left me slightly confused -- maybe because the story switches between the past and the present frequently. But once your mind gets the hang of it, you'll be completely engrossed in the story.

The story itself is beautiful. It sublimely captures the ups and downs in the lives of its characters, how they chart through the storms in their lives, and how their past never really abandons them. All this in the beautiful background of Oman.
The story specially highlights the difference in the thought process that comes with generational gap, likely a result of the exposure to more information, coming not just from nearby, but also from far far away.

Narration is apt for the story, although there were more than a few places where the recording was presumably corrected with another voice -- no complaints about it though.

Definitely recommend this book. 👍🏽

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A beautiful labyrinth!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-19

A story written and narrated brilliantly, enmeshed with riddles and symbolisms waiting to be deciphered in the background of the reader's own life. Loved it!

A classic tale with a well-suited narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-19

Heartbreaking at every turn. Nonetheless, an exceptional tale which has withstood the test of time.

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Makes you ponder about the country

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-19

At the outset, let me just say that Madam Arundhati Roy's narration was nothing short of amazing. Something that I personally enjoyed was the structure of the book: how the story is told from the perspective of different characters, the transition never feeling abrupt, and the story never feeling specious.
The book certainly compels you to spend some time wondering about India's past, present and the probable future. I definitely recommend this book! 👌🏽

Crisp story that keeps you wondering!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-19

I wanted a book that was <10 hours in duration, and based on the reviews, ended up choosing this book to be my companion over the weekend -- one of the best decisions I have ever made. The story keeps you wondering, and even though you might get some Harry Potter (the boy who survived) vibes from the book, it holds its own, and tells you a thing or two about coming of age and the feeling of belonging.

One of the best stories I have come across!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-19

Yes, this book is long. Yes, somewhere in the middle of the book, I found it a little monotonous. However, the overall story is as sublime as it gets. I don't want to destroy it for anyone; ergo, suffice to say, that the story is a wonderful progression of the protagonist -- physically, mentally, and emotionally. It's an unparalleled tale of female power, presented in a light hitherto unknown to India.

The narration was perfect for the story, and I have zero complaints about it.