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The Lives Of Others (2014)

by Neel Mukherjee(Favorite Author)
3.7 of 5 Votes: 5
0393247902 (ISBN13: 9780393247909)
W. W. Norton & Company
review 1: I was glad I read this as I knew very little about the Naxalite movement in India or what life was like in Calcutta in the 1960s. However, it felt more like a history lesson than a narrative. I found the characters one dimensional and the plot very predictable. The writing was good, but for some reason I found it hard to really care about the fates of the main characters. I was disappointed because this book seemed to hold a lot of promise.
review 2: I am relieved to have managed to reach the end of the book. It felt like a long book. I liked the parts set in Majgeria/Belpahari. I had very little knowledge about Naxalite work in the villages. I found this portion illuminating. Otherwise while the book touched upon many facets of life, I found the characters ra
... morether black and white. Actually except one white and a few grey characters, everyone seemed to be very black. All the bad qualities were heaped upon the Ghosh family in an unrelenting torrent. Still it is a good account of that time in history. less
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OMG...right up my alley...can't wait to get my hands on this one....;-)
Enjoyed it but not fabulous
Too grim for my liking.
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