Saturday, January 30, 2016

#286 : The Narrow Road To Palem By Sharath Komarraju : Review

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GENRE: Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 114

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer – Sharath Komarraju in exchange for an honest review.

REVIEW:
Short stories seem to be the “in” thing in town these days. Turns out this writer also caught up on this trend and managed to deliver a perfect book of horror stories.

Set in the fictitious village of Rudrakshapalem , the book is a collection of ten horror stories. All the stories have a paranormal element in play. Few of the stories were quite chilling while the others didn’t manage to make such an impact. My personal favorites were “The Milk is Sour” – A story which purely elaborates how guilt wrecks a person, “Peaceful are the Dead” – A story that combines values and folklore. One story which I couldn’t understand at all was “The Sitarist of Palem”- this story was a bit confusing. I felt the paranormal element at play wasn’t well executed. One story that totally stood out was “Dear House” – this story was narrated backward. As in,chronologically backward and completely spooked me at one point.

Overall, the way the writer built up the village piece by piece in all stories, reminded me of the village of Malgudi (from the book of Malgudi Days by R.K.Narayan), albeit a dark one. Obviously the writer managed to accomplish the intention of giving this eerie feel. It’s been ages since I read a book of this genre, needless to say, the narration, the plot and the characterization were good enough for me to enjoy the book !

MY SAY: A simple book that packed a punch.

RATING:

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERISATION: 3.5/5

NARRATION:4/5

BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/5 (Lower the better)

OVERALL RATING: 4/5

AUTHOR LINKS: Goodreads

BOOK LINKS: Amazon 

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