Why does ‘easy to read’ somehow strike me as a slightly negative comment in the context of this book?
Yet, I would not say I disliked the book. The gentle humour made me chuckle time and time again. The paradox of unbelievable believable characters was wonderful. Each character was more than just a character. The characters came alive despite being so exaggerated and unreal. Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard did not end one page too early or one page too late.
I think what made the book seem deserving of moderate praise rather than great praise was simply the fact that I find it forgettable. The fact that even though I just finished the book, I choose to write ‘Each character was more than just a character’ not ‘Each character is more than just a character’.
It’s not one of those haunting stories that stays with you and makes you feel as if the character is a dear friend you want to meet. I’m happy with the characters being confined to the book. I’ll remember them for a while, and then they’ll become acquaintances that I can’t quite remember.