For all the hype it has generated, this book was sorely disappointing. It is a very fast read, and a good adventure yarn...and that is all. From a booker prize nominee, I expected something more.
The characters lack depth. The bad guys are evil, the good guys good. And some, like Nob Kissin Pander, are ludicrous. The story goes at a breakneck pace without stopping for a moment to consider, rather like a well directed bollywood movie (only the songs and dance numbers were missing)! There is a lack of atmosphere. All the while I found myself comparing this novel (to its disadvantage) to Paul Scott's The Raj Quartet
, which was poignant in its capture of the dying days of the British Raj.
And lastly...this is not a novel, but a part of one. The story stops too abruptly.