TITLE : THEY GO TO SLEEP
AUTHOR : Saugata Chakraborty
FORMAT : Paperback
GENRE : Short Stories
» Special thanks to the author, Saugata Chakraborty, and the publisher, Notion press, for this complimentary review copy. «
❝…a good conversation is often the greatest adventure.❞ — They Go To Sleep
ABOUT THE BOOK : 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.
MY THOUGHTS : The author has created an extraordinary, intricately woven, collection of short stories. Each of these stories, set in different backgrounds, is fast-paced and will require your utmost attention. Despite being advised by the author himself, of such, I delved into it headstrong. Reading the first two at a go, then going back re-reading them, with eyes wide open, I was impressed by how brilliantly they were constructed. Owing to this, I took it slow, one story a day. It allowed me to fully comprehend the narrative before being taken by the next. It took me a while to grasp some, but when I did, oh, I was simply awestruck!
A Man of Letters is an adorable science fiction and my favourite. I had a full-one-minute smile plastered on my face after reading this one. It is also a quick recovery after a slight unsettling Blowing in the Wind, which tells the tale of a couple and their eccentric ways of life.
Rare and The Short Lives of Shazia Sultana are both easy reads. You can start with these, if unsure.
The Other Side is based on a real life story that I have heard another account of, first hand! And I still think it to be simply beyond imagination.
Six Days, Seven Lives’ ending left me unsatisfied. But they are all not meant to thrill. Aperture tells a tale of a young photographer and the struggles associated.
They Go To Sleep and The Man Who Sold His Gods are both crime thrillers, I would love to read a book about.
P for Payback talks about politics, and confusing names, which, I admit, took me couple of times to get, since I am terrible with names.
It Was Time! is the shortest and the most chilling tale of another couple.
What’s in a Name? is a humorous and heartwarming tale about love. It is also the concluding story.
The author has managed to astound us with minimum words possible. Some characters, I believe, weren’t done justice, and some endings I wasn’t satisfied with. It left me wanting more.
The poems composed by the author are fascinating, and I would certainly like to read more of.
I highly appreciated the Glossary at the end of the book as it introduced me to words in different languages and their meanings, without having to painstakingly search the internet.
Overall, I would strongly recommend this book to all who want to read something different while rejuvenating the gears of your brain.