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Leela's Book: A Novel Paperback – January 7, 2013
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“This is steeped in the tradition of the Indian epic, yet modern and vastly entertaining.” (The Times)
“A talent to watch.” (Daily Mail)
“Imagine all the drama, sexual intrigue, and familial discord of the ancient Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, retold in modern times with a satirical twist . . . a compelling and wildly entertaining tale unfolds.” (Lizzie Crocker - Daily Beast)
“Leela's Book is a stimulating novel in which Albinia skilfully manages an intricate plot and an enormous, diverse cast of characters. Her immense historical acumen and sophisticated sense of culture have enabled her to craft a powerful tale.” (The Guardian)
“Starred review. Albinia handles the complex plot and many diverse characters she has created with skill and humor while at the same time offering an insightful look at the sociopolitical complexity of present-day India. A remarkable debut novel.” (Library Journal)
“A bold and delightful novel, executed with energy and flair... Albinia has pulled off the remarkable trick of melding a story about modern family ties with a timeless tale about gods and avatars. Leela's Book is as much a meditation on tensions between brothers and sisters, or between parents and their children, as it is a rumination on the nature of storytelling... The result is magnificent.” (Financial Times Weekend)
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Liking it so far, the writing style has me captured and I love how the pages feel on my hands. They have a staggered cut which gives the book some character :) Will update once I'm... Read morePublished 7 months ago by realangel
Well-intentioned, but the characters aren't fleshed out and so don't really touch the reader.Published 18 months ago by Calmomof2