Top critical review
26 January 2019
Finished reading this rather ordinary novel. Earlier I had read the Stanger triology by the same author. That was somehow interesting as the plot had several surprises for the reader. But this one was really boring. I failed to understand what the author wanted to convey in this 200+ page novel. It was about love but there was nothing special in it. It talks about rebirth and coincidences. But the ultimate message remains blurred. However one thing is appreciable about Novoneel Chakraborty and that is his tremendous vocabulary. His narration lacked lucidity and at times seemed out of place in this particular novel. Take this paragraph from the novel which I failed to relate with the story: "She felt consumed by a dark impermeable absolute where the bottom line for survival was to remain lost for ever. Where any attempt to search for sanity was fatally deceiving, any wish to remain true to the crux of one's constitution resulted in an irrevocable punishment of a heinous kind and any intention of recognising the purpose of the sublime absolute could cost one his identity." There are several statements in the novel like this one, and they are quite unrelatable to the story. Probably the author intends to show off his vocabulary for the sake of it. The target group for this author seems to be teenagers who are obsessed with the love word.