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Perumal Muruganji is NOT the goat thief haha
on 19 December 2017
My Comprehensive review:
When I received the book, looking at the cover page ‘PERUMAL MURUGAN THE GOAT THIEF’ suddenly the title strike to me as "A goat thief was Lord Subhramanaya" (Son of Hindu God Shiva known as Murugan, mostly popular in South India especially Tamil Nadu) until on later realization.
I also found it head-up difficult to understand the title as I read - "Perumal Murugan A Goat Thief" all in once line. But that's not the case. They should have included a slant line between the name of the author and the name of the book.
This book is regulated towards natives, regular readers or people with travelling as a hobby, people in search of fresh short stories or for collection can sense the region (as Tamil Nadu) and chances for connecting more with respect to imagining the description of setup, relating to childhood days, comparing the resembling characters and much more with these stories.
Discovering the rare subjects and with keen observations the story revolves around by a thrilling end or I would rather say - with an ending open to readers imagination. After completing the book, I was stuck with a thought in mind that "in this world every existing has a different journey. And the author has narrated the selective collection of ten stories beautifully in a compact way, for us to rejoice and take a glimpse of the some.
If you didn't yet notice then, this is a translated book. So I should say that the translator has restored the essence of the stories and its naturality. And the efforts made by translator can be sensed while reading.
Each story defines the setup around, the characters driving through menace and story progresses while dealing with life journey, heave sight of relief or to a state that cannot be explained or some taking pleasures and stops with open ends.
The book is divided into several short stories and out of them ‘The Man Who Could Not Sleep’ and ‘Unexpected Visitor’ in both where the characters long for the relations longevity at later phase of life.
‘The Night The Owls Stopped Crying’ was haunted and exciting.
‘The Goat Thief’ story progress after the failed attempt of a thief. And in the others, Character in the stories revolves around different Objects like-Chair, Well, etc. Putting together, one can get the feel of the story only after reading it and here it goes into the collection of Short Story lovers.
But I will not suggest this book for children and new readers.
At the start of the book even before entering into stories mode, the following phrase caught my attention the most:
“Looking at the finished Kolam from a distance, you may feel that something is amiss. A stray flower, picked up and placed at the center, can erase the flaw and bringing perfection to your doorway.”
I wouldn't rate it 5/5 and will not suggest it for newbies at all but keep up the gyan ';)
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