The main character arouses such a wide range of emotions and reactions, especially after the family secret is revealed. Should he be hated or pitied? Whatever your view, this is a compulsive, but sometimes uncomfortable read.
My general incompetence and laziness at work had been apparent for so long that I now think it was arrogant of Mr. Gupta to pick me as his moneyman... I refused to accept even properly placed blame, lying outright that somebody else had misplaced the completed forms or spilled tea on them, even though I was the last one to sign them out or had the soggy papers still on my desk.