A familiar theme of the younger generation struggling to break free from strong family traditions but told in a refreshingly different way. For me it is the characters that make this book unforgettable. They speak in a way that is often very funny but their words have a much deeper meaning. This first novel is beautifully written and I found it very touching - I'll certainly look for any to follow.
I can see how it might be difficult for someone new to Asia. Asians simply do things differently, Rutger. Everyone has servants here.
At this point Raju did a most unexpected thing. I don't think he even decided to open his mouth, but the words came fluttering out.
Silence. Mrs Marceau fought to rescue the party from proletarian insurrection by laughing affectionately at her servant's wit, and throwing him a glance that would have castrated a lesser man.