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There was a core story in this book which I enjoyed. It was the story about people who immigrated from India and their struggles with their lives. Some of it was due to immigration but much of it was due to their own personal struggles around grief and sexuality. I found it difficult to read/listen to, however, because of the way the author presented the story lines. The author went back and forth from one person's story to another's and there was no break and no way of telling that the story had moved from one character's storyline to another's. Then the story went from present to past and back to present quite often. And I am still confused about a very brief storyline in there about a white guy moving to New York that ended up working at the same store as two of the characters. Why was that even in there? The experience of listening to this book was like accidentally spilling someone's Scrabble tiles everywhere. You know there are words that make sense in there, but it is all mixed up and out of order. It was a struggle to follow the book but the base story was good.
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If you could sum up No One Can Pronounce My Name in three words, what would they be?
This is a wonderful novel, parts fun & touching. There are no perfect characters, only lovable portraits. I laughed aloud while listening, not such a great scene on the subway. Otherwise a delightful listen.
What did you like best about this story?
The interweaving of characters and stories.
What about Amol Shah’s performance did you like?
Animated and true to each character.
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