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Baumgartner's Bombay Paperback – May 19, 2000
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And too predictable ending, and then not one that leaves the reader in a good mood.
He stays on to live in India while his family is decimated back home-and has a mistress who is a one-time prostitute,also Jewish.
So far ,so good.
You'd think that with this powerful material,the author could create an interesting story
The author is under the impression that by quoting German folk songs,she has already created the entire atmosphere and description of the situation in Germany and India during WWII.
She believes that by inserting a few words of Yiddish here and there,she has already made the reader understand the complexity of the situation--the exiled Jew in India
While reading this book,I often stopped and wondered at the absurd tools the author used.
I asked myself "How stupid does she think her readers are?"
To tackle such a sensitive subject as the Shoah you definitely need to do more than insert a few lines taken from German poetry.
Next time,i won't buy.
Another problem I had was that India has been potrayed by the author in excessively poor light. I know that over population, poverty, squalor etc. are major problems all Indian cities are faced with - but seriously, is that all Anita Desai knows about India? Being an Indian, it is a shame that she has nothing positive to say about a diverse and fascinating country with a rich culture.
Well I guess 3/5 sounds about right for this book.