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I liked many elements of this book very much for instance, the author shows how religion in India is just as fraught with fundamentalists their adoration of holy writings atheists their endless feuding as the US Also I got a glimpse of how Hindu Muslim cultures simultaneously blend together fight constantly in Delhi I can assume other places However, the Leela of Leela s Book didn t really come across as the central character sort of checked out of her own life for 20 years It s hard to see what the other archetypes found so compelling Also men are bastards Is the central message of this book is that men are bastards Probably not, but retelling cultural mythology apparently demonstrates how, historically, men are complete bastards. This is novel about modern India and the force that the past exerts on it The prose is beautiful and a joy to read The plot, though far fetched there is a god who narrates small portions of the book , is very entertaining I found the ending perfectly crafted. The most accurate and candid depiction of the elite, the bourgeoisie, and the impoverished of India, through its labyrinthine and cavernous tales involving innumerable characters This is, The Grand Budapest Hotel times three, serious What , the use of colonial English, typical of the Indian stilted speech, sprinkled with words like learnt instead of learned , and smelt instead of smelled , gives an authentic air to the story. I initially didn t like this book, but as the story developed it became muchinteresting and entertaining I m not sure if I agree that the characters in the story were strong or had many attributes that were worth emulating, but the twists were somewhat surprising and I enjoyed it at the end I do think the author managed to capture a few of the aspects of inter religious conflict and interaction that seems to pervade South Asia, as well as the rest of the world. I started Leela s Book unimpressed having recently finished reading Tharoor sThe Great Indian Novel and Seth s Unsuitable Boy, the familiarity of premise and theme failed to flatter what I was reading of Albinia s text I surmised that she, too, must have read these two renown novels prior to writing this particular novel Then she redeemed herself Leela s Book is an intelligent treatise juxtaposing epic, myth, religion and politics as we come to expect with Indian themed novels, I guess however she tickles the reader in a very good way with her very personable characters The many levels of narrative make for an immensely enjoyable read, and yet the language Albinia uses and ideas she weaves into the story make the whole novel come together quite lip smacking satisfyingly The last couple of chapters in fact make the whole endeavour of reading the novelthan worth it. This is the story of two families who are about to be joined in marriage It is a love match vs an arranged marriage and the events are carefully planned and the guests chosen from the finest of their friends and colleagues Leela left India for New York City years before never returning It was her one request of her husband and he has honored it until this wedding He tells Leela that it is time to return to Delhi for the festivities and reluctantly she agrees.The story combines the story of the God, Ganesh with the modern day characters leading to a very surprising climax The setting is an important part of the story and the descriptions of the neighborhoods, the smells, the foods, the birds makes you feel as though you have been there yourself I should add that I found the beginning of the book hard to read and enjoy After the first 100 pages, I admit that I was ready to return the book to the library and end my pain I was thinking that what I had read would receive a two star rating at the most Luckily, the storyline began to change and the interest level rose Albinia was able to hook me right before I was going to shut the book for the final time Readers beware and if you have the same feeling in the opening chapters, use your best Evelyn Wood speed reading techniques for the first part and then take your time and enjoy the rich story that unfolds. Really enjoyed this and will be looking forward to readingfrom this author The only thing that I had a problem with while reading was keeping the characters and families straight Cuando los dioses escriben el libro del destino es uno de esos libros con tantas pretensiones que se queda en un intento de muchas cosas sin llegar a ser un logro de ninguna de ellas Todav a me estoy preguntando qu nos quer a contar la autora.La novela est escrita por una enamorada de la India que supongo pretende hacernos llegar una parte de su cultura y de su propia fascinaci n As entremezcla en la narraci n dioses de la pica india y algunas de sus leyendas pero lo hace en un batiburrillo tal que los occidentales, ajenos a esa cultura, no podemos encontrar tierra firme d nde asentarnos y acabamos perdidos en una narraci n embarullanda El libro adem s est lleno de palabras en hindi o bengal , imposible saberlo, que se supone debemos ir consultando en un glosario que se encuentra al final de la novela Obligar al lector a semejante ejercicio hace la lectura a n m s tediosa.Junto a las referencias mitol gicas, la obra narra la historia de dos familias que se ver n unidas gracias a un matrimonio Nos habla de los problemas y desavenencias de los diferentes personajes, de su pasado y como este se entrelaza con su presente actual Pero la narradora no sabe cerrar la historia, deja todos los hilos sueltos dejando al lector con una sensaci n de inconsistencia.En conjunto el libro resulta mediocre, aburrido, lejano Una novela en la que no merece la pena embarcarse a no ser que t tambi n ames la cultura india y conozcas mucho m s que yo sobre el Mahabharata, Ganesh y los idiomas de ese pa s Yo, sin embargo, me he aburrido much simo entre sus p ginas. Leela s Book is a wonderful story of families which intertwines Indian mythology and the modern day complexities of life in Delhi The tale of Leela and her sister Meera weaves through time until their final story is told Throughout the novel, Albinia provides a detailed background of India, from the gritty slums and open sewers to the intoxicating smells of the gardens and family celebration of the upper class She does an amazing job of drawing the reader into the story of two sisters, one adopted, whose youthful indiscretion so impacts their lives and their families twenty years later This is truly one of the best books I have read in a long time I am so glad that I won it from Goodreads I would hate to have overlooked it and not gotten the opportunity to read it I highly recommend it. `DOWNLOAD BOOK ☝ Leelas Book ↡ Bold And Entertaining, Leela S Book Weaves A Tale Of Contemporary Delhi That Crosses Religious And Social Boundaries Leela Alluring, Taciturn, Haunted Is Moving From New York Back To Delhi, Where Her Return Will Unsettle Precariously Balanced Lives Twenty Five Years Earlier, Her Sister Was Seduced By The Egotistical Vyasa Now An Eminent Sanskrit Scholar, Vyasa Is Preparing For His Son S Marriage But When Leela Arrives, She Disrupts The Careful Choreography Of The Wedding, With Its Myriad Attendees And Their Conflicting DesiresGleefully Presiding Over The Drama Is Ganesh Divine, Elephant Headed Scribe Of The Mahabharata, India S Great Epic The Family May Think They Have Arranged The Wedding For Their Own Selfish Ends, But According To Ganesh It Is He Who Is Directing Events In A Bid To Save Leela, His Beloved Heroine, From Vyasa