Saturday, April 2
Book Review: The Hero's Walk
Author: Anita Rau Badami
Pages: Ebook 310
Summary: Set in the dusty seaside town of Toturpuram on the Bay of Bengal, The Hero's Walk traces the terrain of family and forgiveness through the lives of an exuberant cast of characters bewildered by the rapid pace of change in today's India. Each member of the Rao family pits his or her chance at personal fulfillment against the conventions of a crumbling caste and class system.
My Rating: 6.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The book looked promising and the overall story was a good one, but I didn't connect to this one and I found that I couldn't get into the story or its characters.
The writing was well done, I will go back to the author, but this particular story didn't capture me. While it had some strong and important moments on the caste system in India and the importance of family and forgiveness, this book didn't capture me at all. I think it was mostly due to the characters, I found them to be a bit dry and lack depth. While they developed through the story - it felt forced to me and very rushed near the end. The overall message of the story also felt rushed and forced at times, especially near the end. In the beginning, the book had promise but something felt off as it progressed on.
Overall, it wasn't a bad read, but just didn't connect with me.
Would I recommend it to read: This one is hard to say, I do think a lot of readers would enjoy this one, but I'm not sure if it's a book I'd recommended. The author perhaps, but not the book.
What to read next: More by the author, The Illegal, Birdie, Minister Without Portfolio, Bone and Bread (the other 2016 Canada Read contenders)
Challenges: 2016 Category Challenge, 9th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge