BOOK REVIEW OF- Another tale of two cities
By Ezhut Aani
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Inspire India Publishers; First edition (2016)
THE PLOT IN BRIEF-
Fourteen thirty one is the year remembered for the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. But another landmark event was unfolding in a future French colony. Cambodia was a cultural cauldron of Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism. The largest metropolis of the pre industrial era was also facing a climate change calamity. The story unfolds in fifteenth century Cambodia and travels to China, Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East, as Princes Adithya and Mahendra set out to seek help for their beleaguered country. Will the splendid twin cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom survive? Who wins the heart of Mandagini, the warrior princess?
There is a beautiful quote which goes like ““History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.”
The title is perfectly plotted against the story. Although it has no direct link to Charles dickens’s ‘Tale of two cities’, we can say that it has some references. That’s why we have the mention of the word ANOTHER. Something being recreated or rather re-crafted again. We have the history and the memories intertwined together like we had in Dickens’s novel, and that is why it is ANOTHER TALE OF TWO CITIES.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
Most of us dislike History and the first reason behind it was that we needed to mug up everything. But believe me if books like these are made the text books of schools, History will emerge out to be one of the most lovable subjects. The author has done an extensive research work for this entire project. Since this is an historical thriller, we all know that most of us wouldn’t like reading it. Amidst of that point, the author has crafted his ideas so well that readers would be forced to read what happens next. Each and every line of the book will compel you to read the next. For instance, there is a point where Mahendra says to Aadithavarma in a background of a war that he believes he will die soon due to bubonic plague.
Don’t you wonder what happens next? Will the war dominate or the triumph? What happens to Mahendra?
See, a simple instance brings in so many questions with us. To find out the answers of this superb historical plotted thriller you need to read the book
History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”
YOU SHOULD READ THIS BECAUSE-
THE SUPERB HISTORICAL PLOT
THE EXTENSIVE RESARCH WORKS
THE CHARECTARISATION AND THE BACKGROUND
Overall I would like to rate the book 43 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
Net emotions in the story- 8/10
Usage of words and phrases-8/10
The title, cover and the illustration-9/10
The net impact on the readers- 9/10
KUDOS TO the author for developing such a wonderful plot of a historical genre.