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On the Road to Tarascon Paperback – 12 Dec 2017
Paperback, 12 Dec 2017
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About the Author
Born in Konnagar, a Kolkata suburb, Arnab first got published in 2004 in The Statesman Voices, a school students’ supplement. He has since written for Hindustan Times, The Telegraph and several other publications including the Bengali women’s magazine Sananda. Arnab is now a journalist with The Telegraph, where he primarily edits news stories and sometimes writes on travel.
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Arnab Nandy’s book ‘On the Road to Tarascon’ is set in this background. A historical fiction you may call it, where the fictitious part of the book is cleverly woven with the small amount of historical data, and primary sources that are available. And what is more tempting is Arnab weaves his story with a strong Kolkata connection, where the reader, the naïve reader wishes to believe that the very painting is here, in Kolkata, very near his/her own place, where s/he hangs around, in the popular and populous places, amidst the very reality of their day to day dwelling. And that is the beauty of the book, especially when the reader happens to be a Calcuttan in his/her very essence.
Though this is a ‘historical fiction’ to call it by a specific genre, the book gives you a sense of thriller, while flipping through the pages you are constantly waiting for the climax, though you cannot be sure till the end, which part of the chains of events, actually the climax is. This reminds you the classical style of ‘the revelation of the truth’ that European literature had produced in its antiquity. Apart from this Arnab connects the past and the present too well as he does while dealing with the places also, Germany and Kolkata. With such a skill he changes the chronotope of the events that the reader never gets lost in the heap of information and chain of events.
The book is fun. You will enjoy it, and cannot stop till the end.
Intriguing Subject Matter:
The book is a fiction spun around this mystery. 65 years after it the painting was lost, a trail surfaces through an old letter which can lead the bearer to it. This intrigued me to no end and I dived into the story with high expectations. The theme is the best part. It is fresh, ingenious, and intriguing. You don’t see books on this subject matter or genre every day.
The History Part:
The books shifts between 1945 and 2011, the time when the painting was lost and now when multiple people are trying to find it. I loved the history part. The whole scheme that Jonas Bormann, curator of the Kulturhistorisches Museum (formerly known as Kaiser-Friedrich Museum) and Edward Bated, a British agent concoct to save the painting is brilliant. I really liked Al and his live-in-the-moment attitude.
However, I could not connect at all to the part that deals with 2011. The first few chapters are the most confusing. There are nameless and placeless characters. I think the idea was to create a mystery around the protagonist but all it did for me was to jumble up the array of people in my mind. Even towards the end, a lot of new characters are introduced. It lengthens the story unnecessarily.
More Details Please?
A mystery of this potential needs more details and build up to make it more thrilling. The author focuses more on the inconsequential relationship that Neil and Eva share, rather than plugging the holes that the plot is riddled with. There are huge assumptions and unknown story transitions which leave the reader nonplussed. For example, another pursuer of the painting is introduced bam in the middle of the plot and with some unexplained powers, knows that he needs to steal the most crucial clues in the painting’s trail.
My mind is full of questions and a desire to know more after reading this book. I feel it could have been an amazing read with some cuts and additions. However, what did not work for me can always work for someone else. Readers interested in historical fiction can pick this up for a quick and light reading.
On the road to Tarascon is outcome of author Arnab Nandy's sheer brilliance and depth research of painting and its background. Narration style of author is outstanding as well as captivating. Strong plot and the way author presented book keep readers bind to the book and turning pages to know what happens next. Title as well as Cover of the book is beautiful as well as interesting. Language of the book is lucid and make it easy read for everyone. Book is love for historical fiction lovers. Shifting timeline and diverse character make book stand out and more interesting. This book was a refreshing read and something very different I will recommend everyone to read this book as it can make you explore some new subject matter as well as enjoy it.
Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆