Voice of the Rain Season Paperback – 15 February 2018
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- ASIN : 9386538660
- Publisher : Fingerprint! Publishing; First edition (15 February 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9789386538666
- ISBN-13 : 978-9386538666
- Item Weight : 180 g
- Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Importer : 011-23247062
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The mysteries, deja vu experiences and the quest for answers kept me intrigued until the end.....waiting to be unravelled which let to more twists and unexpected turn on events.
Sine i had a lot to relate to, i immensely loved reading the Voice of the Rain Season.
Joya Bose is a Bengali who teaches Indian Literature in the US where she meets her American student-turned-boyfriend, Martin Shawncross. When she discovers his Bengali background, she is curious to know more. After meeting with his family members, Joya is attracted and humbled by the warmth and friendliness but also to a mystery. And as she dives deeper into it, the more shocking the revelation becomes. Amidst Rabindra sangeet and intense emotions, the book takes us through a poignant journey to the past.
After having read the summary, I expected a regular love story between an Indian and an American and the challenges faced as a result. But the book is something totally different and interesting, no doubt. Let me tell you what I loved about the book.
For starters, I simply admired the language used. It was sophisticated and precise, again, very enjoyable. The twist that the author introduces when the reader is expecting a straight forward love story, is pleasantly surprising. The emotions portrayed through the author’s words, the love for one’s motherland and respect for one’s identity, are the highlights of the story.
There’s nothing really that I did not like about the book. But yes, the addition of Deja Vu sequences was, according to me, totally unnecessary.
I am not a Tagore enthusiast but I still enjoyed knowing more about his music. Overall, it was a heart warming and absorbing read.
*** This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ***
When Joy and Martin’s romantic relationship unfolds, one might find the story a usual romance. But, Subrata scores when the mystery element pops up. The story picks phase from the moment.
The characterization is perfect for the story. The steady progress of the story in the mid pages, keeps the readers busy. The twists aids the flow of the story. The beauty of the story is how the author handled the mystery.
Subrata’s love towards Kolkata is evident right from page one. To the memory of 47, theatre road, Kolkata, India is enough to exhibit it. He has used simple language which makes it an easy read even for beginners. The book is compact and can be completed in a single read. Apart from few hiccups Voice of the Rain Season is a must read for romantic mystery lovers.
One thing I must say about the book and that is, the author has a nice grip on literary aspects. He himself seems well read and the same is reflected in his writing also. Also the influence of Bengali culture on the whole on this book is quite visible.
The book starts talking about the aftermaths of an intimate escapade and then the story is unfolded. You will surely enjoy the way various cultures are explored and compared. The book in that way talks about cultural crossovers.
The story has its own dose of adult stuff and I think the readers are getting used to it. However, the things which is accepted wholeheartedly by one group of readers may seem improper to the other, so please read it with consent.
The book is not very gripping though. You may need to drag yourself to keep reading and eventually towards the end it picks some momentum. It is not the thing that there is nothing in between. There are various scenes which you will surely enjoy. I like the marriage scene. The way it talks about cultures and compares them, the way it deals with emotions, the way it is explored, is really nice.
Author has put in conscious efforts in mentioning Kolkata-Calcutta stuff, I wish he could have put in similar efforts at a few more aspects. The pace of the book could have been fast and less bumpy to make it more interesting.