BOOK REVIEW OF- The Moon in the Sun: A Novel in Poetry of Love, Life,
BY SANJAY KUMAR SINGH
• Paperback: 198 pages
• Publisher: Notion Press, Inc.; 1 edition (15 May 2017)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1947137476
• ISBN-13: 978-1947137479
THE PLOT IN BRIEF
When Narayan Sambhan’s world fell apart at a very tender age, the
time he spent in the forests that lay ample around his village
resuscitated him. No one knew the forests and the tiger better than
Narayan Sambhan. But the forests are mercilessly cut down and
increasing loneliness invades his life. As he struggles to carry on, a
remarkable incident takes place.
The Moon In the Sun is a tale in poetry set in the Himalayan Terai
replete with mesmerizing sights, bliss and beauty as also
nerve-wracking experiences that the jungles alone can provide and
bestow. It is also a touching tale, in poetry, of the wonderful
journey that life can be when the soul attempts to break free.
The title itself gives you an intimated feeling with nature. Albert
Einstein once said A human being is a part of the whole called by us
universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself,
his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind
of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of
prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection
for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves
from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all
living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. This book
beautifully describes joy which lies within the beauty of the nature.
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to
it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to
be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be
redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its
way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than
all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very
likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s
often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty.
Joy is not made to be a crumb.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
Although the plot revolves around the protagonist Narayan Sambhan as a
kid when he gets hired by a forest officer to help him spot a tiger,
the underlying plot which compares his life to that of the tiger is
very beautifully penned down. Yes, indeed the novel is in the form of
poetry where every elements, has its own existence. Be wild; that is
how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage
that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it
its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to
stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is
creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be
willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass
and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, and then
we can stand in the stream of it raining down.
The plot had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it
was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the
accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and
rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was
powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like
this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it
would always feel this way.
This is an unique novel which has two separate incidents amalgamated
together, with the beauty of the nature. The life of narayan was
beautifully narrated keeping the wilderness as the catalyst.
Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West.
More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful
solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge
our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has
been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time
in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One
forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick
of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms
and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking
of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us
with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains
refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound
questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They
induce, I suppose, modesty in us.
I loved the book, especially the sun, the moon, the soul and the
nature- all getting entangled in a single frame.
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Overall I would like to rate the book 42 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
1. Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
2. Net emotions in the story- 8/10
3. Usage of words and phrases-8/10
4. The title, cover and the illustration-8/10
5. The net impact on the readers- 9/10
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