Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar

The World We Found

Everyone should have at least one friend that you can call on to start up where you left off, even though it has been years since you talked. This is where the story resumes for these four friends. They were close friends in college. They drifted apart over the years and have been recently brought back together due to the terminal illness of one of the women. 

The story is set primarily in India, however, it could take place anywhere. The theme is universal. It is an examination of how we change and evolve from the person we were in our 20's,when anything is possible and we think can change the world, to the reality that we eventually end up in as middle aged adults. Things just don't always work out the way you planned. 

This is a coming of "middle" age novel. It is hopeful and still exciting in the possibilities that we are still evolving. It is also a commentary on friendships that transcend the years even though the friends have had little contact over the years. 

Setting of the novel in India subtly infuses the novel with another layer of obstacles unique to a culture that is very different from America. It provides a glimpse into a world that many Americans have little contact with. 

This was a lovely book to read. The writing flowed well and the main characters were well written and three dimensional. It took very little effort to read this book, it was like listening to a good story told by an old friend. Perfect reading for a cold winter night! 

Many thanks to the author and publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read and offer my unbiased review this book.

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