- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Partridge Publishing (28 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482816806
- ISBN-13: 978-1482816808
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Equinox Paperback – Import, 28 May 2014
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The author’s language is good and her characters come alive. Rambler AKA John Kutty from Kerala – who’s been around the world, is very real.
The reader cannot help feel bad for the lonely ex-army man Vikram. The way he tries to write a book about his life is truly fascinating.
Maria & Jerry Souza face trouble when one of their foreign guests dies on their hotel premises. Will that make a good story? Depends how it’s written.
Ruchi is a young woman on the threshold of having her marriage arranged. As she works hard to write a story for the Equinox contest, her mother steamrollers her into taking a babysitting job. With a boyfriend who’s fast losing interest in her, will she find happiness in an arranged match? Or will she go on to win the short story contest?
There are more such characters who are doing their best to write a short story of 3000 words. The author has shown how all of them – from different backgrounds – run through many different ideas.
Some of them can write, while the others are more interested in the cash prize than the art of creating a story. Very realistic premise, beautifully articulated by Madhuri Maitra; making the book so interesting a read that you don’t want to put it down.
I found a couple of sequences that didn’t gel – the judges start to list the finalists at one point and we still see someone writing the contest story after that.
I wish more care had been taken while using fonts in creating the book. I noticed at least three different fonts in various sizes. It truly grates! Though it’s no fault of the author's.
The language is free flowing and changes to suit the different characters, the diversity of characters, their behavior is all carefully written by the author. All the characters are from different places and the author has explored the nuances of each character so well, as if she herself had experienced it all. The story flows as their lives unfolds during the story.
I found getting impatient at times because the contestants were writing the story very slowly and wished for them to speed up so I could see the results, but life is not easy and so it was in the book. Another thing I had trouble with was following the timeline, maybe a more clear demarcation of the different characters would have helped. Though, it did help understand the contestants motivation and writing style better.
The different places of our diverse country are beautifully explored and even the clichés associated with the towns is well penned. The stories by themselves are unremarkable but all together they merge seamlessly and for the novel. It had no drastic scenes that shake the reader, if you don’t count the one murder and one death!
Still the pace of the book is fast and I turned the pages to find who would be the winner. I must give the author her due as I could not figure out the winner, I had chosen someone else. Overall it is a nice book, a pleasant read with the lives of the contestants keeping me glued to the book.
(I received a copy of the book via The Book Club. The review is my honest opinion. © )
Madhuri Maitra’s Equinox is a beautiful reminder of this charm.
As the blurb says, the story revolves around six people, each struggling to come up with a decent story to submit as their individual entry to a short story competition. The author gets full marks for coming up with a plot that has rarely been touched. The struggles of all characters are relatable and interesting, making the book a definite page-turner. This is really commendable considering how the story progresses in an almost linear fashion. There are subtle twists interwoven into the characters’ lives, lending it that interesting angle.
What I also think is that this book could be an inspiration for most writers-maybe someone stuck with the writer’s block or someone looking for a subject or someone trying to understand how to look for a subject. The research that every character does and the thoughts that swarm their heads could just as well inspire another story.
The story is so uncomplicated and relaxing that I’ve classified this book as a vacation read-one of those comfort reads that you can pick up when you want a mental rejuvenation. I am pretty sure that after you’ve read this one, you’d come out with a better perspective of the world and of yourself.
Characterization: OK. One can easily relate to each one of them. They are scattered all around us.
Language: Simple and easy to understand.
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