by Peggy Payne
The exotic and suspenseful New York Times Notable Book that tells the story of an eccentric guest-house keeper in Varanasi, India, and the passions evoked by her sacred city along the Ganges
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I don't typically read this genre of book but it sounded interesting and I am all about getting out of my comfort zone. This a cultural story that takes place in India. The story focuses on the Saraswati Guest House and all of its inhabitants. What makes this book different is the Guest House keeper, Natraja, she is not a native Indian and is a fairly large women. What I thought was intriguing about this book was that you learned about the characters little by little as it jumped from the different view points and conversations. There was also real world issues besides the characters personal problems, as killing happened in the street and curfew went into effect.
Since the story tended to jump from character to character and went from past to present, I sometimes had a hard time keeping up with the pace of the story. Otherwise, I love how the story talked about the Ganges, Indian culture, unrest in the city, and politics especially involving the prince.This kind of gave the story a gritty quality to it that worked with the plot. I am not sure how I felt about the ending of the book as it was not your normal ending but just kinda faded off into the distance. I thought there was so much we could of learned and resolved with all the characters, but otherwise I thought it was an interesting read.
I was compensated for this the review, but all opinions are my own.
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