Tyler Fritz, October 3, 2007 (view all comments by Tyler Fritz)
Markandaya writes this book in first person allowing readers to see into the emotions of the main character, Rukmani. Markandaya does a very good job of expressing the story in modern day words that can touch the reader’s heart. This book is very well written and uses a lot of detail, imagery, and emotion. Lot’s of emotion. Too much emotion. This book is written more for women than for men I think. Women use their emotions and wear them on their sleeves more then men. This book taps into those emotions and causes most readers to cry when Rukmani cries or laugh when Rukmani laughs. However, I found the emotions a little overwhelming.
The book was written very well, don’t get me wrong; however, it just isn’t the type of book I am interested in. For me, reading this book was drudgery, however I enjoyed the author’s use of imagery and detail. This book is very sad. To see what happens to these people and especially the children is heart wrenching. Yet, this fact happens all around us today. To see it expressed very well in a book is amazing.
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