I began reading Zuni Chopra’s ‘The Island of the Day before: Stories’ with great interest as it had an otherworldly charm to it. I had a feeling that it won’t disappoint me, and it didn’t.
Opening line: Often, when the wind grows rough and angry on an untameable night, the pub at the end of our road is full up with song and feast and drunken hearts.
Page Counts: 224 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: August 25th, 2018
The blurb on Amazon
With The Island of the Day Before, Zuni Chopra takes the readers on an extraordinary and consistently unpredictable voyage. Boldly experimental in terms of themes and forms, these whimsical tales – prose, poetry, flash fiction – of every day and the extraordinary, the fantastical and the mundane, will keep haunting you long after you have read them. This is a work of exceptional imagination from a young, prodigious talent – a rising star in the literary firmament.
Zuni Chopra, just a teenager has a way with words. Every story and every poem drips with palpable emotions of adulthood yet with the lightness of childhood. It has a beautiful collection of bewitching short stories and poems, which speaks of emotions that run rampant in human hearts. Love, Fear, pain, loneliness, death, and acceptance are the background music of the book. It reminded me of the magical world straight out of a fairytale, seeped in human emotions.
The book bends and crosses many genres. The stories take you to the imaginary world of one’s own mind blurring the reality. Each compilation is different from the other, surprising you with its vividness.
Zuni’s writing shines bright and surpasses herself in many stories
- The Merchant and the Gnome
- The little Matchstick girl
- The Dead Tree
- La Ville D’Amour
She has a unique way of presenting her stories laden with beautiful metaphors.
“The body of the schoolmaster… neck ripped open like a bag of sweets, was lying beneath the debris… One fainted. One vomited deep vermillion into the pool of blood.”
The voyage into the book promises the readers, the world of the unknown places, you always imagined yet didn’t know it existed. ‘The Island of the Day Before: Stories’ has Neil Gaimanish feel to it. The instant connection you have from the word go is a very remarkable thing. That being said, the book is a must buy for the readers who love Poems, Short Stories and Fairy Tales, and a must for Neil Gaiman fans as they would devour the book in no time.
I give it 4.5/5 stars.
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