Marco Polo Polo itibaren Kattanam, Kerala 690503, Hindistan
The basic concept of this book is quite breathtaking; two different cultures exist physicallly superimposed, neither acknowledging the existance of the other as they passs each other on the street. A jaded detective from one side is involved in a murder investigation which leads him to crossing over to the other side and having to see things from a perspective he has always avoided. It is as if the glasses he now wears suddenly look a ninety degrees to the ones to which he is used. Ok, that was just an analogy - i do not remember whether he really wears glasses. The plot is deep, metaphysical, complex and compelling and, for Mieville, uses characters less unpleasant than normal. If you can get your head round the basic tenet of the novel it is a wonderful read. What do we really see when our eyes are open? Is it as important as the things we ignore?