Saturday, August 14, 2010

Book Review: "Saat Sakkam Trechalis"


BOOK REVIEW “Saat Sakkam Trechalis”

Author: Kiran Nagarkar

Genre: Fiction

Language: Marathi

Pages: 232

Cost: Rs. 200

Publisher: Pratima Prakashan

First Published: December 1974

This is second book of Kiran Nagarkar I read. This book "Saat Sakkam Trechalis" which literally means "Seven and six equal forty three" and you can get book translated in English by same name. Theme of this novel is ‘kya farak padata hai?’…. ‘padata hai, padata hai’ means ‘how does it matter?’… ‘It does, it does’.

It is life story of a guy in 70’s and quite a messy life for that matter. This novel is unique in every sense. It has unique language, writing style, and psychology of characters for that matter. It is complicated to read, will confuse you? You won’t understand the meaning or reference for first few pages. As the author has used so many flashback instances, as well as jumped again in present and future after every 1o pages that it was really difficult to keep up with him. If only you read every sentence in the book carefully you can put one and one together and understand the book. I think author tried to write something eliminating any barriers there could be. Kiran Nagarkar used very harsh language and characters to describe this book.

This book was first published in 1974 but it wasn’t appreciated then. In fact it was criticized really badly. May be that’s why Kiran Nagarkar moved to writing in English after this Book. The second edition of this book released in 2004 after 20 years. But book is really lot better than what this indicates.

If I have to rate this book I will give it 8 out of 10.

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