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Good read but not for school
am 26. August 2016
I guess if you have to read this book, it can’t win. Required reading at school has always been and probably will always be a pain in the derrière. Even giving this book to my 19-year-old daughter on her gap year was a mistake. You need a certain distance, I suppose.
This book is seriously funny looking back on those days when you were young and confused (as opposed to old and confused). The characters of Dave and Liz stir up memories of how important it was to go for life experience at the beginning of adulthood, of how unclear it all seemed and how self-centred we were at the same time.
Dave comes across as a sissy and a loser during most of the story but in the end he manages to struggle through even without Liz who he wanted to have so badly at first. Liz’ character is laid out as so naïve, ruthless and egocentric, you cannot help but despise her. Or pity her hoping she will grow up one day.
Certainly, India is shown from a subjective angle. Are we allowed to find India revolting if we want to be politically correct? The answer is: Yes. This is a novel, not a factual report.
These are the perks of being a private teacher: You get to read good books your poor students have to deal with at school, but you get to read them at a much more suitable time in your life.