- Language: English
- Genre: Short Story Collection
- Pages: 183 Pages
- Format: Paperback
- Author: Purva Grover
- Publishing Date: December,2017
- Publisher: Niyogi Books
- ISBN-10: 9386906201
- ISBN-13: 978-9386906205
The Trees Told Me So by Purva Grover is a collection of eleven short stories. Each story deals with different facets of human nature such as joy, anger, sorrow, compassion, regret, love, pain, suffering etc. To be honest, I was not expecting much when I picked up this book. But once I started reading the tales, I was completely hooked. So I finished the book in one sitting.
Making short stories engaging for the readers is not an easy task. But Purva is not afraid to play with words. Her stories slowly capture reader’s attention, build their curiosity, create suspense and then draw them in. Each story focuses on minimal issues of our everyday life which we mostly tend to ignore. But later these little problems come back to haunt us in most unusual ways.
The common thread running through all these tales is nature. After reading the title of the book and the blurb, I presumed that the stories will be narrated by trees. But they are written from the point of view of protagonists. Somehow a tree is always an integral part of each protagonist’s life. Truth to be told, I was little bit disappointed when I discovered that trees are not the narrator. But my disappointment was short lived.
Purva’s writing style is very interesting. There is a lyrical quality in her narration. Once you start reading the book, you almost forget the real world. She takes us to a time which we never dreamed of seeing again. Her characters are so realistic and well defined that I could clearly visualize them in my mind. These characters are people from our day to day life. Rather than creating a caricature of her characters, she has used specific little details which give them an air of distinction.
All in all, most of the stories are enjoyable (some of them are exceptional). I specially enjoyed the endings which are slightly twisted and leave you wanting more. I would recommend this book to all the readers who want to read unusual Indian stories about everyday life. I look forward to read more of author’s writings.
Thank you Niyogi Books for providing me the opportunity to review this book.
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