Thursday, December 26, 2013

#48 : The Tragedy of Woman By Ray Dacolias : A Review




BOOK TITLE: The Tragedy of Woman

ISBN: 0989564622

AUTHOR: Ray Dacolias

GENRE: Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 348

FORMAT: Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: We contacted the writer to feature his book in our ongoing campaign #Womanifesto.  The writer accepted immediately and sent us the book.

SUMMARY: Oscine is born with a hereditary illness that compels her parents to ignore and despise her; consequently, she grows up waiting for that one special person who will rescue her from loneliness and allow her to truly experience the world. She communes with Nature in ways that mystify those around her and is revered in her neighborhood and at school for her good deeds.

Oscine eventually leaves home, becomes a nurse, marries, and has three children; yet it is a marriage without love, and her husband treats her as if she is a bondservant. And then she meets Abraham, a kind, caring doctor, and the two fall in love, but she vows never to leave her husband because she believes in the sanctity of marriage. Abraham consults with Eli, his best friend, a rich, handsome and charming rogue with the ladies, who tells him how to win over Oscine. But Abraham is unable to follow this advice. Meanwhile, the marriage between Heath and Oscine continues to disintegrate, and he begins to treat her worse than ever. Oscine still loves Abraham but now wants to stay in the marriage only for her children.

Will Oscine leave a man who cares more for his precious cars than his own wife? Will Abraham take charge and rescue Oscine from a man who does not care about her physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual well-being the way he does? And what will happen to Eli as he observes this great love between Abraham and Oscine? Will he change his attitude that women are merely conquests, to be cast off once they are conquered, and give them the honor and respect they are due?

REVIEW:

The title aptly summarises the story – The Tragedy of a Woman – The tragedy of our fragile and angle like protagonist – Oscine.

I couldn’t help but cry at parts of the book especially when Oscine was mistreated. The reason being really simple – The writer has portrayed our protagonist as this perfect selfless woman who is dedicated to her husband and her kids in spite of her terrible health condition.

One other thing the writer seems to have got right is the typical male dominant mentality and the patriarchal society which has branded women as nothing short of child bearers, housekeepers and cooks.

But the real beauty of the book lies in the contrasting character sketch of the other male in the book – Abraham, who believes that women are equal to men and should be treated so.

Then there is this other contradicting “Female” character of that of Vivian – who is the complete opposite of Oscine and the other major reason for all the pain inflicted upon her.

I just didn’t want to put the book down for two reasons – The riveting narrative and the story line with plenty of twists. Will Oscine survive her childhood? Will she find a man who won’t bother her illness? Will she fall for Abraham? Will Eli get his revenge?

The second part of the book is complete part of the first. It’s the story of Abraham’s friend Eli. That part didn’t make much sense to me initially. In fact I wondered why the writer was dragging the story so much. Then occurred a twist connecting Eli’s story with that of Abraham’s. 

The writer has done a brilliant job of keeping that suspense element alive and kicking. The first part of the book is that old school English sort of narration while the second was simple yet conveyed all emotions perfectly.

Two things I loved about the book – The Tragedy and other emotions, the suspense.

I have no qualms or complaints like I normally do!

Overall, a riveting and heart wrenching read which depicts the sad and sorry state of women.

VERDICT: A must read by both men and women! Please go ahead pick it up & read it.

RATING: 4.5 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The writer has written 4 books and that’s all we seemed to find about him!

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Kindle & Paperback

PRICE: Rs.62 (For Kindle)

BOOK LINKS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/363368



Note : This review was first posted in 
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