About the book
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers–a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village–will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.
Reviewed by Petersfield U3A Book Group 3:
An absorbing book which we would never have chosen on our own. It made for one of the best discussions we have had in the group . A book many of us could not put down. Brilliant, informative and deeply moving.
Star rating: ****