This is an extremely well-written and also very heavy book. The main character is a fat, very corrupt minor Indian official who takes bribes and sells what he does not own. He has no loyalty and easily changes sides. This novel is set at the time of the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi and the characters serve as a metaphor for India itself. It is an unrelentingly bleak portrait of unsympathetic characters. Thought-provoking. Recommended.
This was a difficult book for me to read. But Sharma’s writing pulled me into a very sad story. A father in India molests his young daughter. As a young widow with a young daughter of her own, financial poverty forces Anita to return to living with her father. Her fear and anger at her father overflows especially when she sees him rubbing against his granddaughter as the granddaughter sleeps. Ram knows he was wrong, but can he make amends? It is a sad touch story about the past which Ram had hoped had been forgotten.
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