Thursday, November 21, 2013

Slow by Digonta Bordoloi

Slow is the story of a boy who preferred to walk, when the world around him was gearing up to run. Baba is born in a remote corner, sheltered from modern development. His father’s job takes the family from town to town, and with each move, Baba comes to terms with his new life. He spends an idyllic childhood doing things at his own pace, bending the rules whenever he can. And then the unthinkable happens.

Slow is a unique book that almost reads like a memoir.  Baba takes his time with everything he does, with his friends and his surroundings.  He travels a lot with his family in India and the descriptives of the area are intriguing.

Then something happens to Baba and the book skips forward twenty years.  Baba shares his same eloquent descriptives about what has changed since that time and what is transpiring in his present day.  Baba is very easy to like and the other characters are easy to like too.  The change and the similarities between Baba as a child and an adult are worth the exploration.  Although the narrative could use some editing, as it was hard to decipher which character was talking, I was hard pressed to put this book down.  It kept me riveted and I highly enjoyed it! 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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