GENRE: Fiction – Short Stories
NUMBER OF PAGES: 260
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of The Book Club book tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Rubina and Sujit
There is a general misconception that Short stories are difficult to read. In Fact, Publishers and writers believe that marketing a collection of short stories is simply grueling. However, there are enough people around like this writer Sujit Banerjee, who have gone on to prove that short stories can be as marketable as a full length novel. Accomplishing this however is no easy feat unless the writer is can adeptly handle characterization. Reviewing a collection of short stories is difficult, especially if there are 26 stories which are equally good. So here is my humble attempt in telling you about why I absolutely loved this book.
There were 26 stories, each named after a character alphabetically. Few stories had cliffhanger endings, while few were interlinked – as in they were narrated from multiple point of views. I’ve never read such stories. It was rather heart warming to reach such narrations. Most of the stories dealt with dark emotions – heart wrenching, soul stirring types.
Projecting various shades for a single character in a short story is simply impossible and would probably be imprudent. So this writer went to do it in a different way – but using multiple point of views. However, the writer more often than not ending up just showing the darker shades of the character. All the characters could either be classified as dark,darker and darkest. I was a bit disappointed that the writer didn’t capitalize on light hearted emotions which would have simply added variety. In spite of the characters being simply dark all the way, they made a lasting impression. My personal favourites being that of Farzhana, Manu and Siraj. The writer certainly needs to be lauded for one type of variety that he brought in – the characters – Unborn child, man on deathbed, Married woman, a lover. It was as if the writer observed people in a crowd and decided to write stories guessing about their lives and aspirations.
The language, the narration – the writing in short obviously was pretty clean and good. The writer used simple but effective sentence structuring to make his stories effective and convey fierce emotions. Just that all stories seemed a bit similar thanks to the gloomy theme, so phrasing may seem to be a bit repetitive while it is actually not.
Cover and Title
The cover was actually stark opposite of the stories from the book – it was bright and beautiful. The title however, didn’t make sense until I read about 3 stories. The book was indeed a ‘departure’ from your normal collection of short stories.
MY SAY: A great read.
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