BOOK REVIEW OF- The highway man By J. Alchem

BOOK REVIEW OF- The highway man
 By J. Alchem
•       File Size: 1722 KB

•       Print Length: 68 pages

•       Publication Date: May 12, 2017

•       Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

•       Language: English

•       ASIN: B072FDPL3G

•       Text-to-Speech: Enabled

THE PLOT IN BRIEF-
The whole world is upside down. People are walking in the sky with the

ground moving above their heads. And the reason is simple; a

bestselling author is in love. But why the whole world is inverted?

What’s so special about this love? Or worse?
A man throws his masculine brain and heart aside and fixes a feminine

one there. And the reason is simple; he wants to live the life of his

lover, for 24 hours. But why does he want to do that? What’s the need?
A man, neatly dressed in a suit, is playing with his bowler hat, on a

highway at dawn. And the reason is simple; he needs a lift. But why

does he need a lift? What’s his purpose?
THE TITLE-
Indeed The Highway Man is a very interesting and appropriate title for

the book. It vividly gives you the glimpse that Life is like a drive

on highway. There will always be someone behind, along and ahead of

you. No matter how many people you overtake, life will always serve

you with a new challenge, a new commuter driving ahead of you.

Destination is the same for everyone, but what matters at the end is –

how much you enjoy the drive! All the three stories are so beautifully

penned down that I felt some beautiful paths can’t be discovered

without getting lost. Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it

is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to

life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you

were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can

be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it. The title itself

gives us a hint that Someday this upside-down world will be turned

right side up. Nothing in all eternity will turn it back again. If we

are wise, we will use our brief lives on earth positioning ourselves

for the turn.
 REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
The story Catherine is a very beautiful amalgamation of psychology and

thriller. After reading the story I’ve always been suspicious of the

assumption that great intelligence would be an unqualified benefit—

that the madness that so often accompanies it can be cavalierly

dismissed. So I always kept on asking  the question in my mind :

Suppose there were an entire subpopulation of extreme geniuses, well

beyond anything that would occur naturally. What would that really

look like? The protagonist believed not in divine salvation but in the

proposition that we poor mortals are fully capable of saving

ourselves, if conditions and inclinations are right, and the evidence

of this potential is found in the smallest of gestures, like the

uncertain resting of a large hand on a bony shoulder.

The second story is plotted amalgamating love and women empowerment.

The story reveals if you have feelings for someone, let them know. It

doesn’t matter if they can be in your life or not. Maybe, it is just

enough for both of you to release the truth, so healing can occur. The

opposite is true, as well. If you don’t have feelings for someone then

never let another person suggest that you do. Protect your reputation

and be responsible for the wrong information spread about you. Never

allow anyone to live with a false belief or unfounded hope about you.

An honourable person sets the record straight, so that person can move

on with their life. Watching my parents I’ve learnt a lesson many do

not recognise. True love is not signalled by romantic, candle light

dinners, red roses glistening with dew, or even Valentine’s day

celebrations. While these things may accompany our feelings, love is

truly more than all those! Love is being with your spouse even when

its not pleasing. Sometimes, love is walking down the hall, with your

spouse hanging onto your shoulders and walking at a turtle’s pace down

the hall with your

spouse hanging onto your shoulders and walking at a turtle’s pace down
the hall, just because surgery made life a burden. Love is patient,
love is kind, and love is LOVE! May we always remember love is not
always tied in bows!
The third story is an amalgamation of silence with love and
motivation. Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the
dawn? Or the quiet and calm environment just as a storm ends? Or
perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question
you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the
expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to
speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and
you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and
all very beautiful if you listen carefully.
Here the highway man comes to play.

To find out what happens you need to order the book from
https://www.amazon.com/Highway-Man-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B072FDPL3Gd



YOU SHOULD READ THIS BECAUSE-

1.      THE BEAUTIFULLY AMALGAMATED PLOT

2.      THE MOTIVATIONAL MEESSAGE LEFT AFTER EVERY STORY.






RATINGS-

Overall I would like to rate the book 46 on a scale of 50.
5 stars out of 5
1.      Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
2.      Net emotions in the story- 9/10
3.      Usage of words and phrases-9/10
4.      The title, cover and the illustration-10/10
5.      The net impact on the readers- 9/10

Life is truly a matter of choices, reactions, and actions. Each and
every choice is governed by our reactions which in turn affect our
actions and consequently the future turn of events


Reviewed by-
Sayan Basak
Kolkata

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