Ximena Cornejo Cornejo de Gangasagar, Odisha , India
A very fine book, beautifully written and with some clever (and convincing) stylistic tricks which distinguish the different viewpoints represented. The 1 exception for me was The Rat (Kashmira's adoptive mother), who just didn't ring true. The book is filled with passion when the desolation of Kashmir is described. The section describing all the different acronyms and euphemisms was particularly good, and so too the "who was it..." section when the village of Bamigan is laid waste. The first reminded me quite strongly of the section in Midnight's Children when Saleem constructs a blackmail note from newspaper headlines (and the brief descriptions of the stories that these come from throws a lot of light on the political backdrop to the story). All the principal characters are believable, fully-rounded, flawed human beings, and many of the minor ones too. Quite clearly every word has been carefully weighed, and there is the usual respect for the reader that you'd expect from Rushdie. Not quite up there with Midnight's Children, and I doubt I would read it again, but nevertheless a worthwhile and rewarding read.
Very interesting. Reminded me of a cross between "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Snow Queen".