Summary of The Home and The World

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I find myself in a different situation after finishing book number 98 in my list, The Home and The World by Rabindranath Tagore.  I find myself having to say I did not like this book.  It sounds harsh when stated so bluntly, but there it is.  

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what the problem was that I had with this book.  Maybe it was the poetic writing style.  Maybe it was the lack of action in the story.  Maybe it was my ignorance of the culture, religion and history of India.  

There were sections that I would cruise right through and feel like I was "getting it". I would be connecting with what the author was trying to communicate, and then the bulb would go back out again and I would be back to struggling through page after page, filled with political and philosophical discussions about right and wrong.

Looking at it now I think that there were a lot of things in this book I just didn't understand. The main themes were clear but it seemed to take so long for the plot to develop. I kept waiting for something to happen, and it did, but too late into the book.  The main characters were well developed, although I didn't always understand why they were doing what they were doing.

The author seemed to be trying to communicate his political, religious and philosophical views within the framework of a story but it came off too heavy handed for me.  In my opinion, the story got lost in Tagore's worldview.

However, I am quite willing to accept that I might be the reason why this book wasn't good. When I read a novel, I want to be entertained.  I realize sometimes there may be a lesson the author is trying to convey, and I'm okay with that, but this book was more lesson and less story.  

What about you?  Have you ever had to make your way through a challenging book?  Ever read this one?  I'd love to hear any comments you might have below.