Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Lucifer's Lungi by Nitin Sawant: a review

Lucifer’s Lungi, the name itself sounds eerie. A chill runs down the spine reading the name and the cover adds up to the imagination of the reader to the fullest! A novella, having a book jacket surely seems wonderful to read!

On the back cover- An atheist city-slicker unleashed on a medieval holy village… a simpleton village priest’s boy who blindly worships and guards a pantheon of Gods and their traditions… strange things happen when their worlds collide! This is a tale of that turmoil on a lonely night in a jungle when the ghosts you never knew till a few hours ago are let loose on the ghosts that you always carried within, unknowingly. Welcome to the unholy clash of beliefs, fears and frailties with unknown Gods and demons. A clash that will test your convictions. A clash that will rabidly claw and unmask your subconscious, leaving you naked and paralyzed in front of your demons-in a climax that is as ambiguous as it is certain… welcome to the madness of ‘Lucifer’s lungi’… where what-you-see-is-NOT-what-you-get…

Starting with the presentation of the book, as a debut writer, I loved it. The narrations, very good. The characterizations, even better. I, personally, loved the chapter names and its divisions. For a novella, I seriously liked the content of the book.

Bringing into limelight the blind belief of the villagers in stories like good and evil, Lucifer and god is a brave attempt by the writer. The narration has been done so wonderfully that the reader is forced to believe that the writer has actually faced it in real life.

The way the story goes on, is a treat to the eye. Though I felt a bit more of descriptions could’ve done the trick in some places. The places, the elements are made to seem real giving the readers an enjoyable read. The story questions your belief and that is the plus point of the story.

I would've liked it more if the writer would've let flow of the pen at some places which might leave the readers with a feeling that the story is too short. Nonetheless, hoping to read more from the writer, I would like to rate it 3.5 out of 5.

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