They Go To Sleep by Saugata Chakraborthy
My Ratings- 3/5 stars
It’s a short book can be read in a single day. The book consists of twelve short stories on various concepts. The very first story title “They go to sleep” is the title of the book. I loved the suspense built up in that plot. I loved the story “Six days, seven lives” that one is my favourite. I was fascinated by the plot of the story “A man of letters” That has been plotted in future and I loved the letter written in that. That made me nostalgic. Story “Blowing the wind” is also one of my favourite one. I loved the lines
“ Till deaths do us part,
Said they, and let life fall apart….”
I loved the mention of the books like Harry Potter and Murakami’s books. Any literature lover would definitely enjoy reading that story.
Overall if we talk about the book, compared to novels, it’s difficult to write short stories as the writer has to squeeze plot and details into limited amount of words and at the same story needs to be interesting and meaning and purpose behind it should be intact. So the author has done really good job here. There are number of areas covered in the book. The book isn’t filled with same concept of monotonous stories so I liked that. Some stories are really creative. Nice writing style. Written in simple and easily understandable language so that everyone can enjoy. Overall good one.
A young widow of a drug overdose victim disappears from Goa. Three years later, a British National claims to know her whereabouts minutes before departing for London Heathrow. The Police of two states is pressed into a joint manhunt. ‘They Go to Sleep’ is a racy thriller on police procedure and criminal psychology.
In the year 2043, when nobody sends a letter anymore, an unlikely candidate decides to write about his springtime memories that are soon going to be erased. When his identity gets revealed, the impact on several individuals and the society at large assumes epic proportions. ‘A Man of Letters’ is a science fiction with humane emotions at its core.
A promising poet meets his muse on board a train. They share a captivating conversation but forget to ask each other’s name. Will they be able to meet again in an Indian metro? ‘What’s In a Name?’ is a humorous look at everything Bengali: gossip, fish, cutlets and the Kolkata Book Fair.
These three stories are joined by nine equally exhilarating tales of ordinary people and the choices that they make under extraordinary circumstances. The compilation will surely compel the readers to keep their midnight lamps burning.
“I have received the book as a part of the review program run by ARL Literary Services in exchange for an honest review.’’