Author: Vipin Behari Goyal
It is my debut English novel based on existentialism. Salil loves a shadow which transforms into many characters to reveal the secrets of life. Aalya, his neighbor, is doing research in English literature. Her guide Seema is a childless lesbian. Paul, husband of Seema, is a drama director. I am the protagonist, who coins philosophies for day to day events and my wife Sulekha is the second protagonist who makes coincidences happen with her artful manipulations.
Reading this book was a very different experience for me. For one, I had to look up the meaning of the term : existentialism. For people like me, here is the definition that I found on internet:
Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes individual existence, freedom and choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning in life, and try to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe.
Interesting….very, very Interesting.
The author has done a wonderful job of weaving complex human relationships in this story. The LGBT angle was very maturely handled. Even the character’s reactions to this relationship, the confusion faced…commendable.
This is a very short book, so one can finish it in one sitting.
The characterization is very strong. One could almost visualize these characters living near you. Also, it was nice to read a story where female and male character ratio is believable, and every character is treated as human.
This is a book for romance lovers as well as philosophy lovers.
There were a few syntax errors, for example, the point of view changed from first to third person in a paragraph.
Although the concept of the cover page was interesting, I felt it lacked in execution. It was not that eye catching. If I had gone out to a book store, and had not heard how good this book was, this cover would not have encouraged me to buy the book.
Recommended Age Group: Adult