Couldn't complete this one. It was quite good in the first half or so that I read- well written passages, and a decent story line. However I don't think I can stomach much of the heavy going poverty and misery, specially one that would go on and on- its a long book!
A student, struggling to survive in the miserably poor neighbourhood, contemplates committing a crime. There are many characters and sub plots which make the book interesting. However, as I said, the unremitting spotlight on the poverty begins to grate on the story, and I just left it midway.
The theme however is fascinating, what constitutes a crime? Is it always so easy to characterise? Does a crime remain a crime if its a culture? And then of course the second part - punishment. What is punishment - is it prevention? Or forgiveness? Or revenge? More on this another time.
Maybe I'll pick it up again some time.