Top critical review
7 January 2018
I have got mixed feeling about the book. It was a good read, emotional, quick-phased, fast read, interesting concept. But in the end I wanted more. It ended abruptly.
Undelivered Letters, as the name suggest, is story about the letters that were not delivered as were supposed to be. Aron and his wife Sara are sifting house. Sara comes across a abandoned bag ages back, which Aron, as a postman used to carry. Sara was excited to find it like some long forgotten treasure. But Aron realizes that the bag contains some letters which were to be delivered 20 years back and he somehow missed delivering these letters. He wondered what stories these letters contains and about the recipients who would have lost hope of receiving the letters after a long wait. The bag contained nine undelivered letters. Aron decides that he should now make an effort to find the recipients of the letters and deliver the letters to them. So here begins the stories within the story.
This book is not just collection of letters. But the stories are interwoven so nicely, it does not give a feeling of an isolate read. The story has three more stories (out of 9 undelivered letters, only 3 are mentioned in the book). The first story is about Cathy and her daughter Kara. Kara has never seen or met her dad. She has only heard about him in the stories told to her by her mother. Both Kara and Cathy are waiting for a knock at their door. But the answer to their wait is in one of the letters that didn't get delivered and stayed in Aron's abandoned bag for 20 years.
The second story is of Samuel who is accused of murdering his wife, whom he loved much dearly. The court gives him a lifetime imprisonment. He is emotionally and mentally broken. He has nothing left to look forward to life and accepts the court statement without a protest. He is serving his life imprisonment in jail. But key to his emotional imprisonment is locked in one of the undelivered letters with Aron.
The third story is about a book thief. Thefts is happening in the town. Books are stolen from bookstores, library and even houses. Famous detective Carl is called to solve the mystery.
All the letters are stamped 1993, an era when there were not much digital conveniences available for communication, and letters were of high importance for any communication. One can only imagine the shock in Aron, when he discovers the letters in 2013, undelivered sitting in his bag. The part where Aron goes in search of the recipients of the letters 20 years later is full of emotions and empathy.
The plus of the book includes: the concept of the story, the stories within the story. Only negative of the book is, it is too short and keeps the readers wanting more.