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Friendship Love And Killer Escapades Paperback – 1 Jan 2015
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Plot: The book to me basically sounded as snippets of college life. More like your friend telling you stories and instances from his hostel and college days. SO basically there is no continuity or a thread that holds together all the stories but individually these short stories or snippets give you a very vivid and bold peek into boys hostel and their pranks and struggles and dilemmas through four years of college. The whole book is somewhat like diary entries.
narration : since it is like recollection of memories and events, things does start right in the middle and end abruptly and in fact the ending is still a question mark for me as there are so many characters that i am curious about as to what happened to them. The end felt like hasty and cut short almost immediately. Narration is jerky and sometimes the various tracks that is running parallel in the book do tend to overlap each other and breaks the smoothness of the flow of the book.
characters : since you spend so much time listening to all these characters you do get involved with the stories through the help of these characters. some of the characters do create impact while lots of characters that keep popping in and out add a bit chaos as in "where did that guy come from?". Two characters of the story stand brighter than others since basically they get more coverage in the book.
Language : Now this is the section that would keep me here all day. It seems that the whole book was run through thesaurus ( which kind of reminds me of an episode from the series "friends" where joey was supposed to write a letter and he uses thesaurus for this purpose ... remember!! ..anyone??)
Another thing with the language is that there was brutal abuse of certain words like ... erelong, heretofore, withal, hitherto, anent ... these words were used and repeated at least a million times in the book which kind of takes away the charm and beauty of story telling and then there are certain words like "paws" and "mitt" which i am not even sure was the right word they were looking for and neither was the word "ejaculation" (which was totally inappropriate and out of context) wherever it was used.
wow ain't i am being a Grammer Nazi ?
But i will gladly admit that compared to many other contemporary indian authors, the book actually has a cleaner language in the sense that there is no "Hinglish" and "shayaris" (oh Lord !! we thank you for this day and this tiny little miracle) ;). Yes maybe the authors have repeated the words more times than i would have appreciated but at least they have maintained and justified the language used and have not adulterated it with native slang and jargon and still able to capture the Indian teen verbal behaviors.
There are certain parts that you will be able to relate if you have been a victim of Indian engineering college and the turmoils of examinations and never ending assignments added with the confusions and trials of being in a relationship for the first time
The book is good with its capture of college and dorm life but as a work of fiction there are lots of areas that needs a tender care and one of being the language and the weapon of narration. The book kind of starts and ends instantaneously and leaving lots of questions open. In bits and parts yes the book has its charm but for me on other levels the book still requires a nice thick coat of polishing.
Plot – 2.5 stars
Language – 4 stars
Ending – 3.5 stars
Reader’s interest – 2.5 stars
Overall rating – 3.5 stars
Good work.. keep it up.. waiting for your next novel eagerly.
Moreover, this is not an ordinary campus love story. The authors have put equal emphasis on various novel adventures, escapades, academic challenges experienced by students in college life. And, no vulgar words are used; had got sick and tired of vocal vulgarity in books of this genre. No stupid Hindi shayaris too, what a relief!
All in all, a wonderful read! Perfect execution of a quintessential campus novel with brilliant language and literary content. A must read!
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