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They Go to Sleep by Saugata Chakraborty

Title: They Go to Sleep
Author: Saugata Chakraboty
Genre: Short Stories
Source: Review Copy
My Rating: ★★

Summary:

A young widow of a drug overdose victim disappears from Goa. Three years later, a British National claims to know her whereabouts minutes before departing for London Heathrow. The Police of two states is pressed into a joint manhunt. ‘They Go to Sleep’ is a racy thriller on police procedure and criminal psychology.

In the year 2043, when nobody sends a letter anymore, an unlikely candidate decides to write about his springtime memories that are soon going to be erased. When his identity gets revealed, the impact on several individuals and the society at large assumes epic proportions. ‘A Man of Letters’ is a science fiction with humane emotions at its core.

A promising poet meets his muse on board a train. They share a captivating conversation but forget to ask each other’s name. Will they be able to meet again in an Indian metro? ‘What’s In a Name?’ is a humorous look at everything Bengali: gossip, fish, cutlets and the Kolkata Book Fair.

These three stories are joined by nine equally exhilarating tales of ordinary people and the choices that they make under extraordinary circumstances. The compilation will surely compel the readers to keep their midnight lamps burning.

A young widow of a drug overdose victim disappears from Goa. Three years later, a British National claims to know her whereabouts minutes before departing for London Heathrow. The Police of two states is pressed into a joint manhunt. ‘They Go to Sleep’ is a racy thriller on police procedure and criminal psychology.

In the year 2043, when nobody sends a letter anymore, an unlikely candidate decides to write about his springtime memories that are soon going to be erased. When his identity gets revealed, the impact on several individuals and the society at large assumes epic proportions. ‘A Man of Letters’ is a science fiction with humane emotions at its core.

A promising poet meets his muse on board a train. They share a captivating conversation but forget to ask each other’s name. Will they be able to meet again in an Indian metro? ‘What’s In a Name?’ is a humorous look at everything Bengali: gossip, fish, cutlets and the Kolkata Book Fair.

These three stories are joined by nine equally exhilarating tales of ordinary people and the choices that they make under extraordinary circumstances. The compilation will surely compel the readers to keep their midnight lamps burning.


My Thoughts…

As the number of stars tell, it wasn’t the book, it was me. I guess I should have known it was a collection of short stories that don’t sync from the summary but stupid me didn’t really figure it out. I was thinking I’d get stories that are somehow entwined or at least have a common concept but the way the book kept jumping around was hard for me wrap my head around.

The stories themselves were quite well written, except that the story would end just as you get interested in it. With a total of 12 stories in a 100 pages, the book felt quite rushed to me. But that might just be because I’m not much for short stories.

There wasn’t much depth to the characters nor was there a way for you to remember characters well. It was just too plain for me, I guess.

Do I Recommend It? For people who normally like short stories and like their pace. If you are like me and need a story which is well fabricated and woven together, this book is not much for you.

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