"A very, very good book"
The shortest review ever and the most appropriate.
Barnabas, written by Sangeeta Nambiar is a murder mystery investigated by a young, intelligent chap, self-proclaimed "the first Private Detective of Bombay".
- Bombay, coz the book is set in the pre-Independence era (though thats the name I still use and prefer)
- Barnabas, coz the word rhymes with "bandobast" - a term that the protagonist's father has memories about.
Now Barnabas, as some of you might know, was one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem.
Not that that has any link to this story. Except maybe for one line about "flock" and religion.
When Blogadda sent me this book to read and review, I liked the cover (although I rarely judge a book by that feature). I don't expect too much from books of late, so this one came as a very pleasant (and rare) surprise. The author is extremely gifted and superbly simple. Isn't that the best combination to create a delightful story?
The plot itself speaks about a woman who leaves her husband's house and is found dead in a remote, unlikely location. Characters include her domestic help, husband, friend, sister, the police and obviously Barnabas and his folks. Allusions to the freedom struggle and important entities are several, but they do not take away from the book, rather they add flavor and passion to the scenes.
The writer's theatrical background is clearly evident from the way the enigma unfolds. The plot, though not totally original, has its fair moments of surprise and revelation.
As I said, very, very well written. Not a waste of time or money at all.
(Not that I had to pay any; Blogadda has sent me most of the books that I am reading these days in exchange for my thoughts on the books.)
So, when are you grabbing your copy of Barnabas?