“The sins of the father” – Book review

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RATING : 3.8/5

Cher Reader,

As I was browsing through the novels section of the library, the title of this book caught my attention and tingled my curious nerve (well, what kind of sins the father committed?). Further research told me that the book is the second one in the series “The Clifton Chronicles”. Here is an honest review of my first encounter with Jeffrey Archer’s writing.

The story has a bang on starting which compels you to sit in a comfortable surrounding and immerse yourselves in the book. Harry Clifton, assumes the identity of a man named “Tom Bradshaw” to solve some of his problems, little did he know that a sentence in prison awaits Tom Bradshaw. The author has an impeccable style of turning an ordinary sequence in the book to an extraordinary one.  Harry’s character goes through many transformations and not one of them seems unjustified. His strong will in all adversity leaves an awe inspiring impact on the heart.

Emma, who is the mother of Harry’s child, leaves the safe confinement of her home and begins her search for Harry. She embraces a decision, which might even result in orphaning her child. Jeff’s efforts should be applauded for portraying a women as a strong, sharp and able individual. The parallel stories of Maise (Harry’s mother) and other important characters, serve as a delightful distraction to the reader. Jeff has been quite fair in exploring the life of every character with equal vigor. This kind of fairness is rarely witnessed as the protagonist usually steals the limelight.

In nutshell, the book won’t disappoint you for sure. The only factor which makes you growl a little is the ending. Imagine you are informed that your semester results have been announced, the only catch is, you will know them after a year. Yes! That kind of frustration will engulf you. The cliff hanger at the end will make you curse Jeffery Archer (no offence) yet admire his penmanship.

P.S: If you want an even better reading experience, I suggest you read the prequel “Only Time Will Tell”

Yours Frankly

Naty

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Love is in the air

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As Valentine’s day is knocking on our doors, I decided to review the top seven romantic novels for the Valentine’s season,2015. These reviews are dedicated to all you wonderful people out there,who in a world of lies and deceit still believe in the beauty of love.

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Review of “Half Girlfriend”

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RATING : 2/5

 

Cher Reader,

I bought Chetan Bhagat’s latest release- “Half Girlfriend” with my heart full of expectations. Its content left me speechless!

‘Madhav’, the male protagonist, is a Bihari boy who comes from a small village to take admission in a prestigious college of The Delhi University. There, he meets a girl named ‘Riya’, who is an elite class Delhite. From the moment he sets his eyes on Riya, he is fascinated by her. As destiny has in store, they become friends. However, Madhav wants something beyond friendship. Chetan Bhagat has made perceptible efforts to explore how people of different states can be divided or united by language at times. Amidst the romantic setup, the author has tried to appreciate the efforts of people who are working for social causes and has sent a silent appeal to his fellow Indians for a good system of governance.

As a piece of art, the book suffers from many flaws. The plot is entirely predictable. Bhagat, who is the self-acclaimed voice of India’s youth, definitely does not live up to expectations in ‘Half- Girlfriend’. The story is more like the script of a ridiculously melodramatic Bollywood movie. Moreover, the portrayal of ‘Biharis’ as inept at English language is exaggerated (I personally know many Biharis who would give you a run for your money in terms of English proficiency). It appears as if Mr. Bhagat is focused more on dishing out the next “masala movie” script for the directors of the already planned transcreation (movie) of the book, rather than writing a literary masterpiece.

Read the book if you have already bought it, but you don’t need to get all worked up for getting a copy of “Half Girlfriend” from your nearest book store.

P.S – If you know Chetan Bhagat personally, then please ask him to show a bit more respect to the reader’s intelligence in his next book.

Yours Frankly

Naty