Found the plot very slow moving and containing little or no surprises. Characters were quite bland and overall I was surprised that this made the Booker Shortlist. Having read Hamids previous work I felt that this was very samey offering nothing new.
The idea of the book is great and I was very much looking forward to the adventures of the 2 main characters Nadia & Saeed. I was very disappointed by the slowness of the narrative, the lack of depth of both main characters and how the plot developed. Really sad as I had high expectations: a waste of time to read this book.
The book reads well until the second half where the chapters become a bit messy. Garroullous and rambling at times. It's forgivable but distracts attention and bursts the bubble a bit. Wouldn't rush to recommend it
I enjoyed the writing style of the author, very descriptive. Although at times it detracted form the overall story line. I didnt understand what the point was to include the snippets on the additional characters..and what it added o the Book? After all that detail in the beginning of the Book, I thought the end was rushed and fell flat
Found this book disappointing. It starts really well but then jumps all of a sudden into a future dystopia, perhaps not that unimaginable, but not quite uncomfortable enough to grip you. I stopped caring.