Monday, January 09, 2012

Sepia Leaves, Novel by Amandeep Sandhu

Here's a review of Sepia Leaves in the Hindu by Uday Balakrishnan. The author is Amandeep Sandhu, and it's published by Rupa and Co.

From the review it seems as if it would be a good book to read. An excerpt:

Sepia Leaves is indeed remarkable. Rarely does one come across something as good as this; at the end of a read, one feels touched by goodness in the face of overwhelming odds and Appu's resilience truly astonishes. The book has its shortcomings. Description of places and events — Rourkela, Punjab and the Emergency — are rather prosaic; the somewhat anaemic title is a bit of a letdown. Amandeep's book is however such a good read, one can let all that pass.

Schizophrenia has been a subject of study in many novels abroad. However, I don't know of any novel in India which deals with the subject. The book seems interesting in that respect. However, I wish to differ from the reviewer in the name of the book. I think it is a fine title and would stand out in the ever-increasing clutter of books on the Indian book shelf.

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