Title : The Criple and His Talismans
Author : Anosh Irani
ISBN : 9789350296035
Publisher : Harper Collins India
Genre : Magical Realism
Pages : 232
Source : Self
Rating : 4 stars
Along the way, he meets many people who are as weird and unique as him. A lady who sells rainbows, another lady who lights a thousand lamps, an underwater giant who is born out of a wedlock between a peacock and a river, a coffin-maker, a lonely boy in a train, a “goonda” and all of them lead him to a single man- The man who amputates the ones who don’t deserve limbs and then sells those limbs to others who are in a need of them!
“The Cripple and his Talisman” is dark, weird, unexpected, magical and adventurous. Some of the situations depicted might not get down well with the reader, especially the ones where the narrator goes into the flashback and describes his school life’s incidents. Also, the book is sure to take you unaware because you might find it completely random and disconnected at various points.
Not to forget, the story is set up in Mumbai and the author doesn’t miss to mention various subtleties that echo the “Spirit of Mumbai’ every now and then.
This books again was a Birthday gift and I haven’t even heard of Anosh Irani before I got my hands on this beautiful and colorful hardcover. Later I got to know that his other works too have won a lot of accolades. I must appreciate the author for this impressive, honest and risky debut and I look forward to read his other works soon.
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