Book Review: The Book of Chocolate Saints by Jeet Thayil

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Karma bits you in the backside.

Praise the broken world for it will vanish in a day and in a day be replaced by nothing.

Author: Jeet Thayil
Publisher: Aleph Books
Ratings: 4.5/5

Summary (as per Goodreads):
The Book of Chocolate Saints follows the unforgettable character Xavier and his journey towards salvation – or damnation – or perhaps both. In the swooningly hypnotic prose for which his Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel was acclaimed, Jeet Thayil paints a hallucinatory portrait of an ambiguous soul: a self-destructive figure, a charismatic contrarian, and a tortured damned artist battling with his conflicting instincts. Vividly set in both Delhi and Manhattan, The Book of Chocolate Saints explores our deepest urges in a novel that is sexy, dangerous, and entirely uncompromising. This is intoxicating, blazingly intelligent literary fiction that will consolidate Jeet Thayil’s reputation as one of the most promising writers of his generation.


Praise the broken world for it will vanish in a day and in a day be replaced by nothing.
How can one not pick this book when the blurb starts with these beautiful lines. Jeet Thayil is one of the best writers I have come across. This book It’s like a Magic. Loved each and every word of it. The pace of the story is lil heavy but it was worth reading. It took me 4 days to finish this book and I don’t regret giving my time for it. Some literature truly touches our hearts and this is one of them. The way all the stories are described it gave goosebumps, The writing style of the author is best, we can literally imagine each and every scenario, the story. The character building done by the author is best, we can feel each character playing an important role on its own. he managed to give importance to each of them. The Narrative style is where I fell in love with this book. Outstanding it is. The tempo of the book is also good as there are surprising elements every now and then in the book. The book also has some beautiful lines which again won my heart. How small lines have big meanings. It’s truly #TheLiteraryNovelOfTheYear. The only thing, the book is too long. but worth a read.

If you’re looking for fiction this is the book.
You can get your copy here.

*** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for honest and unbiased review***

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