Author: Bhavani Iyer
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publishing date: May 1, 2018
My rating: 5/5 stars
*NOTE: I am extremely grateful to the publisher- Fingerprint! for sending me this book. However, this does not at all hinder my honest opinions regarding this book. This is a spoiler-free review. All opinions are solely mine.
I don’t usually cry while reading even when the emotions hit me hard. But, oh my God, this book made me lose control of my emotions and I just got flooded with the worded feelings. Well, this is what has made this book take a proud position on my ‘Favourite Books’ list. Read on!
Bhavani Iyer has done such an amazing and applaudable job with her book ‘Anon.’. I didn’t expect to love it so much but, here I am, unable to control my thoughts regarding this wonderful book, while writing this review!
The book is set in the 1950s and further sets in the 1970s. The focal place is Calcutta, West Bengal (India). This book talks about the lives of two (fictional) aspiring writers. Debottam Bhattacharya and Urbish Sardar have both went through their share of struggles. One is way on the top when it comes to riches and one is way below the shallowest yet both have this inexplicable love towards literature. One writes for his own self while the other loves to receive validation and approval. They both have a past they want to forget and they both have passion which consumes the largest part of their lives.
Deb, as Debottam is often called, has a very unforced charming personality. Deb makes no effort at all to appear pleasing but, he always ends being the most charming person in the room.
Urbish, is much more subtle. He gives importance to his values and never at all loses sight of perfection and achievement. He has always been the best at whatever he does.
Quoting a line by a character from the book, “You are a rock, Urbish. Strong, moral, reliable. Deb, he’s a livewire, just waiting to explode in your face!”
But, what happens when the two genius minds cross each others’ paths, if they ever do? Do they become the worst of enemies or the best of friends? Or do they prefer remaining unaffected by whatever the other does? To know all of it, you need to read the book!
Apart from the two main characters, I also love other characters like Moyna, Moitra,Khoku-di, and Ava-di!
The writing in this book is flawless and absolutely astounding. Every feeling is expressed with the best of words. The situations have been woven in a very engaging manner and it is very difficult to drop the book until you finish it.
This book revolves not only around literature and writing as an art but, also around how two geniuses can be so different in their approaches. There is a lot that happens in this book!
I remember marvelling at how much in-depth knowledge does the author herself has. Absolutely wonderful.
From the first page till the last one, I was completely immersed into the story. There are so many astounding twists and turns that take place in this book. Oh, the story keeps on taking huge leaps that kept me wide-eyed through it all. This book had major twists and turns till the very last page. I cannot express how grateful I am to have read this book! Yes, this book is a wonderful yet, bumpy ride!
I strongly recommend this book to everyone and if you are somebody who loves reading about literature and loves the genre contemporary fiction then you NEED to read this book!
My favourite quote from the book:
“My looks are genetic. My performances are my own. I’d rather talk about what I have worked at.”
~ Bhavani Iyer, Anon.
After a LOOONNNGGG time, have I read a perfect book which got me completely whirled into the story. Is it possible to give a book 10/5 stars?
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