"A complex, thoughtful novel...Khair takes two large, mainly invisible cultural narratives...and blends them in powerful and enlightening ways...A fascinating and emotionally moving novel for fans of literary fiction." -- Library Journal
"Authentic and deeply thought-provoking. Readers who enjoy Collins and Dickens will recognize their influence on Khair and revel in his creation." -- Booklist, STARRED
Tabish Khair is an award-winning poet, journalist, critic, educator and novelist. A citizen of India, he lives in Denmark and teaches literature at Aarhus University.
it's clever in its multi-viewpoint narrative, builds up a more nuanced story. But ultimately I felt a cop-out in the denouement - it's not that I feel every i needs dotting and t... Read morePublished 7 months ago by HELEN PALMER
I see that it was the best of times and the worst of times.
I see that all happy families are alike, and all unhappy families are unhappy in their own ways. Read more
Would have given it 2.5 stars, but it was very nicely written. I just wanted more story. Less switching between narrators. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A multi-narrator, multi-layered story of a series of grisly beheadings in 19th century London that embroils phrenologists, Indian lascars, underground Mole people (maybe), a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Victoria Weisfeld
An idiosyncratic plunge into 19th century London with a surprising ending! The author is a clever writer. Very compelling mystery.Published 15 months ago by Gordon Kaufman
There are a lot of authors of non european origin who make orientalism work for them and there a lot more who use it as a crutch. This wears it very badly. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Mohe
This book was picked as a book club read. I found it very confusing and slow moving. The characters weren't well developed. I found the ending very confusing. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by MJRRNC
I compare this novel to the works of J.G. Farrell, Barry Unsworth, and Amitav Ghosh. Yes, it presents some difficulty to the reader [which seems to be the main problem with the... Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by James P. Patuto
Quite evocative of the period with insights into the nature of civilization and racism. The switching perspective is initially confusing, but the story is well written and worth... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Amazon Customer