Don't be put off by the length or the cover. This book has a directness of style which makes it easy to enter into an culture you may be unfamiliar with. It deals with some large themes but a gentle humour pervades. If you like your characters to be larger than life this is one for you!
'You can let go of me now,' she smiled. She had got her breath back, but her nails still dug frantically into his shoulders and arms. 'You were great.' My father was nonplussed. He had never before been so close to a female body.