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Karna's Wheel by Michael Tobert

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Kindle Edition: 264 Pages.

Published: 28 September 2018 by Top Hat Books



Secrets present. Secrets past. Secrets in India, where Stephen’s grandfather is a lowly functionary in the engine room of the Raj. Secrets at home, held tightly by Stephen’s half-Indian, half-Scottish mother. Only by uncovering what has been hidden can Stephen win Julia, a woman with secrets of her own... Set in St Andrews, Scotland before the millennium; among the early-Twentieth century jute mills of Dundee; in the industrial underbelly of colonial Calcutta and on the epic plains of ancient India, Karna’s Wheel is a poignant story about love, inheritance, and the things which make us what we are. 'Karna's Wheel is compelling, multi-layered and beautifully written.' Chris Given-Wilson, shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Interesting Historically but Very Flowery Writing Style

This is a book of two time periods - 1990s Scotland and the early 20th century Glasgow & India jute trade. We follow Stephen Smith as he traces his Grandfather's (also caused Stephen Smith) life in the jute trade leaving Glasgow for India and back again.

The big issue for me with this book was the style of writing. I found it overly flowery and descriptive - why use 5 words when you can use 25? This led me to get ratrher bored at times & very close to giving up. To be honest I did give up a couple of times but went back later to finish it. Don't get me wrong, I like description, particularly historical description but this was way over the top. The writing rather meadered off the point. Coupled with the use of parallels time periods which changed without clear deliniation between the two. This was compounded by having two characters with the same name, one in each time period.

There is an interesting book in there but I just couldn't get on with the writing style.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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