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  • A major attempt to tackle serious themes... extraordinarily rich in incident and detail.

    Sebastian Faulks
  • Anita Desai's most subtle and mature work to date... She retains an unforced and powerful ease in conveying the colour and sounds and sensations of Indian life.

    Times Literary Supplement
  • A wry, gently humorous novel, full of wisdom and restraint... The author chronicles India lovingly but it would be a mistake to think of her simply as an Indian writer, for her themes are universal

    Financial Times

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