Shakagul Books — Category Description. But overall, a good read and I look suspechs to more by this author. Dont even touch the book. The actress is the one from a small village and Vicky was always wanting to have an indecent affair with her.
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This is my pb edition, the Goodreads blurb has been altered as well you might hope. Other than that. Nice idea, patchy execution.
In part because the stories all seemed to be from different books. A deeply dedicated investigative journalist concedes he will do what it takes to uncover the murderer of Vicky - not because Vicky himself is particularly important or deserving within the story and to the reader but because Vicky Rai represents all that is wrong within the Indian justice system. From there, Swarup divides each section of his book background, motives, evidence, aftermath into six stories written in six unique styles surrounding the six suspects.
The stories are as diverse as following a tribal man on a spirit quest to a Bollywood sex symbol to a backwoods American seeking his mail order bride, while the styles range from diary entries to omniscient third-person to written almost entirely in dialogue. Its main strength lies in the focus on the murder suspects over the crime and victim, which are really incidental in the exploration of how someone can be driven to murder or is really just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Indeed, as the book lays out in its first few pages and resolves in its conclusion, the story is never really about Vicky Rai so much as India as a whole and the corruption that runs rampant in all systems that exist there.
It was also fun to get into these six different stories - some were more successful than others - and I learned to appreciate them all at one point or another. I think some people might be turned off by some of the style variations in the book, but I felt it was fascinating to see the challenge laid before Swarup - this is an ambitious book and I felt like it mostly succeeded.
The book often reminded me of the film Babel in its circular nature, and provided plenty of "Ah-ha! A lot. The Bottom Line: A fun book on many levels - writing style, character development, guessing games - that ends with a surprisingly poignant message. Anything Memorable: Nope.
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