Book Review: Village Folk and Circus Freaks by Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

Meet the beautiful people of the Circus, and the freaks who live in the Village next to them. Mangled, jangled, misunderstood, all find place in the rich tapestry of this book.

Siamese twins separate to lose half a heart each, and find snake-man and tiger-taming lovers. A man bitten by a crocodile becomes a God, and a Devadasi woos the entire countryside with her culinary artistry.

Fates intertwined lead sometimes to tragedy, sometimes happy summits of fame. A clown finds his place in Hollywood and mute animals break unspeakable chains. A twisted man falls in love with a mirror and a white man is unmade by the Indian sun.

In this book are tales for every season and every reason. Tales of human depravity that take innocent lives, and of a murderers’ insanity that follows, a fitting revenge by nature, red in tooth and claw.

These stories are told in the form of narrative poems in rhyming couplets.

Look inside and you will find, you have been to this Village. Surely, you have been to this Circus too.

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Circus has been a huge part of my childhood. It’s a place where you get to meet the most amusing and exciting of characters there, showing tricks and games that fill our hearts with joy.

Sanyal’s collection is about those circus people who, just like you and me, have a story, albeit a painful one sometimes. The dwarf rejected by his family, the girl with mustaches trying to fit in, or the jolly and happy go, a lucky old man who is always spreading cheer, ever wondered what their life is like?

It is also about ‘Village folks’, the believers of tradition and customs. But nature doesn’t follow the rules made by men. You get to meet such characters too, flowing in the direction opposite to the prescribed one and suffering in the hands of man because of that. These characters that the author hands out to us are misunderstood folks, caught in a world that doesn’t let them breathe.

Sanyal’s powerful imagination and love for folk tales are evident in these stories. She plays with words in a way that’s engrossing and entertaining. Their stories will make you wait for the worst, but what exactly does that term mean for misfits?

‘Circus Folk and Village Freaks’ is a collection of stories written in verses. This collection has something for each one of you. I especially loved the beginning and end of each story- precise, fluid and graceful. Pick this up, one fine evening, over a cup of tea.

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This title is free on Kindle Unlimited.



*Thanks to the author for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own*

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