Circus Folk & Village Freaks by Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal – Book Review

Circus Folk & Village Freaks by Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal – Book Review

Our lives tick by like pendulum swings,
Poor little things, Puppets on swings,
But life is full of beautiful things,
Beautiful people too—
Beautiful people like you.
– Beautiful Things

Author: Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal
Publisher: Vishwakarma Publishers
Rating: 5/5

Review



Circus Folk & Village Freaks by Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal is a BEAUTIFUL book. There are 18 tales that the author narrated along with the wonderful illustrations.

The narration of each tale is different and relatable. The way the author narrated in the form of rhymes is commendable. The plot of each story is different which will melt your heart. The illustrations will bring a smile to your face after every chapter.

The language used by the author is simple and appealing. The writing style of the author is crisp and lucid keeping the reader hooked throughout. Every Story has its own lessons, it’s own depth leaving the reader astounded.

The way the author portrayed the emotions and giving life to the character in the form of poetry is commendable. The 18 Tales of a village man who’s lives revolve around Circus ends giving us a message. Themes like Humour, friendship, love, loss are used by the author.

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I loved The Tale of the Organ Sisters, The Circus Master, Sita and Gita and Miss Luxmi The daredevil dart Thrower. These are my favourite takes that I reread again and again. The storyline of the book is another reason why I loved this book. It’s Unique and Engaging.

The beautiful cover has my heart. Blurb is another thing that will make you pick this book. It’s a Light and Quick read that You’ll fall in love with. Overall a wonderful book with a unique writing style, wonderful storyline, and a quick read.

In this book are tales for every season and every reason.

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Summary

Meet the beautiful people of the Circus, and the freaks who live in the Village next to them. Mangled, jangled, misunderstood, all find place in the rich tapestry of this book.

Siamese twins separate to lose half a heart each, and find snake-man and tiger-taming lovers. A man bitten by a crocodile becomes a God, and a Devadasi woos the entire countryside with her culinary artistry.

Fates intertwined lead sometimes to tragedy, sometimes happy summits of fame. A clown finds his place in Hollywood and mute animals break unspeakable chains. A twisted man falls in love with a mirror and a white man is unmade by the Indian sun.

In this book are tales for every season and every reason. Tales of human depravity that take innocent lives, and of a murderers’ insanity that follows, a fitting revenge by nature, red in tooth and claw.

These stories are told in the form of narrative poems in rhyming couplets.

Look inside and you will find, you have been to this Village. Surely, you have been to this Circus too.

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