- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Aleph Book Company (20 July 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9387561348
- ISBN-13: 978-9387561342
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
- Customer Reviews: 22 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,45,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Post nine eleven Shahryar, a PhD graduate and father to little girl Anna find it difficult to secure a permanent employment in US in order to avoid deportation when his visa expires.His roots are traced back to a small village on the Bay of Bengal, where a poor fisherman's family is preparing to face the worst kind of storm.As the story proceeds we come across a privileged couple who cross the border leaving their home following partition , a Japanese prisoner of war and a British doctor who witnessed the horrors of war.
Narrated in a eloquent way, the stories are unveiled slowly joining the various open ends, teasing the reader's curiosity and maintaining the unpredictability till the end. The prose is elegant and lyrical like a delicious cake which one enjoys till the last bit while memorizing its fine texture and delectable taste.Loved the way inanimate objects like flask ,scarf and leaflets evoke different emotions and acts a connecting link for individuals across generations.
Characters are beautifully fleshed out.Their life choices sets them apart from the rest.The author breathed life into the characters and the premises through the detailed description. The tales bring forth the burning issue of immigration, war crimes and devastation due to natural calamities.The tinges of subtle melancholy marks the stories.
The writer dexterously threaded the different stories revealing a exquisite art-piece embossed with events taken place in different nations during the expanse of six decades.The story ended with the hope of a better tomorrow.
2. Every charecter has penned skillfully . Their feelings and emotions have been picturised perfectly .
3. The story will give a vivid pictures political issues and the partition issues of India .
4. It could have been better if there were lesser plot jumps .
Book I: Gathering
Book II: Eye
Book III: Surging
The book throws a considerable amount of light on each of the characters. Their stories get due importance in the course of the narrative. At a point, all the stories mingle and a connection is made clear. The stories which seemed so alien to one another in the beginning, merge at a given point in the book. Astonishing, entertaining and breathtaking at the same time, this book is a delight. The author has done a spectacular job overall. Recommending this book to one and all.
My rating- 5/5
We follow our protagonist, Shahryar Chaudhury, who is being deported in the US because his work visa is about to expire. He has to make a decision to leave his daughter behind. A family tragedy makes himself travel to Dhaka and here we witness the beautiful peeling of the story.
The story also comprises of a British field physician, a Japanese pilot and a privileged couple who make the move from Calcutta to the then East Pakistan now Bangladesh.
We follow family sagas and historical events. I loved how they were merged together. The book is divided in three parts, Gathering, Eye and Surging. The book moves back and forth in time without being confusing.
If you love family sagas, pick this up. It's a beautiful read. Family secrets and bonding form an essential part of the story.
This book intricately records sixty years of history with an epic story of three generations.
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I really wanted to love The Storm. I was hooked by it having been compared to The Kite Runner and A Fine Balance. In my opinion, I was duped. I found The Storm to drag, endlessly. The main part of the story, being the main character's desire to stay in the U.S., just went on and on and on with nothing happening; just a lot of trite dialogue and a tepid romance. The other parts of the story that were supposed to tie it all together were briefly touched upon and then seemingly forgotten. I have to admit, I only made it about 2/3 the way through the book. I found it boring, lacking detail, and unconvincing. I would have expected some character development by 2/3 of the way through. None. Even the melodrama was flat; I just stopped caring about Shar's mysterious (but not really so mysterious beginnings). When that happened I had to put the book down; permanently.