This book by Qurratulain Hyder iterates the same set of characters over 2,000 years in 4 or 5 instantiations. It is placed in the region around Lucknow. It is very literary. It was readable. There were lots of untranslated or half-translated foreign phrases. It is an Important Novel. I was a bit bored, but made it all the way through. I felt bad for Champa, a recurring character, who never really catches a break in her personal life. The repeated 4- or 5-fold bashing of Champa left me a bit down on the author. You think the author could give her a break at least once. The author, it should be noted, remained single her entire life. In her photo on Wikipedia she looks like a bit of a yenta.
I’m just saying, maybe she likes to paint attractive characters into corners, because she can’t imagine a positive outcome. Poor Champa. Maybe I read it wrong, but that’s how I feel.