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Confusing and Long,
This review is from: A Disobedient Girl: A Novel (Hardcover)
This is an ambitious first novel set in Sri Lanka that ultimately falls short of the mark. It is the story of two women, one poor and the other well-to-do. I found the book generally confusing with the chapters alternating between Lotha's story going fast over a couple of decades and Biso's story lasting only a few days. Very little is indicated about when all this happens unless you know a lot about Sri Lankan politics. The writing is good though a bit too melodramatic with pretty predictable endings for the two women. The book would do better if split into two separate ones or edited down quite a bit.
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2013 11:48:25 AM PDT
Eric Selby says:
I wonder if you might have had a similar reading experience to mine, that maybe like me you are unfamiliar with so much of the novel: the place, the people, the language, the religions, the customs. But as I have read further in the book--I read rapidly usually but this time more slowly--I am finding it a fascinating novel with brilliant prose. I actually asked my daughter more about the author because my daughter knows Ru Freeman who grew up in Sri Lanka as the novel would, of course, suggest. Just wanted to post an empathy comment although I suspect when I finish and write a review it will be five stars. It is feeling that way at the moment.
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