Monday, November 30, 2015

A Wicked Old Woman by Ravinder Randhawa, Book Review

General Information
Publisher~Matador
Published~ October 28, 2015

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
Drama. Masquerade. Mischief.

A sharply observed, witty and confident novel. Linguistically playful, entertaining and provoking.

In a bustling British city, Kulwant mischievously masquerades as a much older woman, using her walking stick like a Greek chorus, ‘…stick-leg-shuffle-leg-shuffle…’ encountering new adventures and getting bruised by the jagged edges of her life. There’s the glamorous rebel who rescues her after a carefully calculated fall; Caroline, her gregarious friend from school days, who watched over her dizzy romance with ‘Michael the Archangel’, and Rani/Rosalind, who’s just killed a man …

Vividly bringing to life a bit of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

My Thoughts
An intriguing story, but difficult for me to read/follow.  I enjoyed the background and premise of the story, but I was confused many times while reading the book.  I am not sure if it was the writing style, format or just the moving around between the characters and whether she was in disguise, reflecting on an event, or herself, but I had to re-read sections of the book many times to make sure I was following the events and people.  Once I re-read and knew I was following the section though I enjoyed the story and the world that was created for me to explore.

Again, I do wonder if the writing style was just told in a different storytelling fashion from what I am used to reading because as I researched this book and author I found quite a few reviews and posts that likened the writing style to poetry, which I do not usually read.  The story premise was intriguing and language very descriptive.  I could imagine some of the scenes and thought this was an interesting take and view of and into cultural differences, norms and societal changes through the 60s, 70s and 80s.    This question and my enjoyment of the story idea and descriptive language have left me wanting to check out another book by Ravinder.  

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Disclaimer~ I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own!

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