Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
This is a beautifully written book which centers on a tormented Indian family that is living in Malaysia. The order of events is flipped so that the reader knows the fates of a few characters before getting to know them. The story also weaves in and out of time and changes perspectives. I think that all of these things are done effectively, however, and the author's use of language is amazing. The problem that I had with this book is that I found most of the characters unlikeable and hopeless. It was a bleak and depressing story that I kept hoping would have a silver lining eventually. However, I still think it is worth reading. Just don't grab it for a fun vacation book.