Top critical review
A nice, unique piece of literature
13 January 2019
Before I start my review, I would like to say that apart from being a talented author, J Alchem is a wonderful person. He practices the kindness that he preaches in his books even in his own life and his interactions with others.
I know J Alchem ever since we were selected as finalists in the inaugural Amazon Pen to Publish Contest. He went on to win the contest along with Sudha Nair. I read his contest-winning book early last year and I liked it. This latest release from him was getting a good response from readers, and I had been planning to read it soon. When Antara Bhattacharjee offered me a review copy, I lapped it up immediately.
The first half—actually 70%—of the book consists of poems. The poems are short and sweet, and I liked many of them, especially the ones that inspire you to be selflessly kind, love yourself, and never give up. There are some hard-hitting ones too, like the ones on feminism. The ones on love and breakups and also good, some are so beautifully penned that you end up pausing to reflect on them and admire the author, but after a point of time, they start sounding repetitive and corny. Moreover, just like his previous book, the occasional grammatical and punctuation errors sort of disrupt the flow and might annoy serious readers. Also, some of the shorter poems (the one or two liners) were a bit too abrupt for my liking.
The second half consists of letters. Parts of it are cheesy again, but I have to admit that the author has been able to capture the feelings of the protagonist (a wholehearted lover who has been betrayed) quite comprehensively. The ending was a bit strange but an innovative one.
Overall, I think this is a brave, unique piece of literature by the author. Definitely recommended for a short one-time read which will urge you to put the book down and reflect on a few occasions at least.
3.3 stars from my side.