Book Review of In a Violent Land
I so want to talk about this book as it has been occupying my senses since I read it.
I’m still reeling over with what I have read. This book ‘In a Violent Land’, shook me out of my comfort zone. There were no emotions in me that could do justice to these stories.
Page Count: 152 pages
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Publication Date: January 20th, 2019
Each story left a gaping hole in my heart, some left me in smiles and some left me longing for people that I have never met.
But what really shook me was the fierce and intense narratives of the Authors like Khushwant Singh, Mahasweta Devi, Anna Bhau Sathe, Suketu Mehta, William Dalrymple, Pamela Timms, and the list goes on and on.
I couldn’t pinpoint a single story which I did not like. Each was a story I savored deep within. And a few stories are so hauntingly beautiful that I had to re-read them.
The narratives are timely, rich, and surprisingly nimble. Each story in harmony with the other. Each spoke of an eclectic range of human emotions and the era it represented.
Mahasweta Devi’s Seeds, Khushwant Singh’s A train to Pakistan, Barkha Dutt’s In the name of God and Vijaya Detha’s Countless Hitlers haunts you long after you have read the book.
A lot of thought has gone into structuring the book. We get to read stories from great Authors of past and present: Khushwant Singh, Mahasweta Devi, Udayan Ghosh, Anna Bhau Sathe, Manoj Mitta, Harvinder Singh Phoolka, Salam bin Razzaq, Suketu Mehta, Vijaydan Detha, Sonia Faleiro, Barkha Dutt, Shahnaz Bashir, Sanjoy Hazarika.
I could hardly stop myself from talking about this book to almost everyone. Sharing the stories with them. The book is a melange of Indian culture and it’s emotions, it’s land and people. In a Violent Land is a delight to read.
Thank you @alephbookco for the review copies.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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