Blurb Appreciation Reviews presents its third review!
The blurb at the back of Neel Kamal Puri’s novel, The Patiala Quartet urged me to buy the novel. Of course, it helped that the book was on sale. But nonetheless, it aided me in understanding what the book is about rather than irrelevant praises that do not allow one to know what the story is about!
So lets see the blurb, shall we?
The second Blurb Appreciation Reviews presents a review of Boats on Land by Janice Pariat.
About the blurb:
I agree with one thing in the blurb that Boats on Land is imbued with the supernatural and the folkloric. From the first page itself, Janice Pariat gives a glimpse of the Khasi (an ethnic group of the north eastern Indian state of Meghalaya) culture through the concept of ka ktien, which would roughly mean (if I am not mistaken) the power that words have.
Right in the first story itself, we see the power of the ka ktien and throughout the stories we see other rituals such as “the three night long watches kept by the ieng iap briew (household of the dead) when windows and doors stayed open for the spirits of the deceased.”
Pariat has infused elements of the Khasi oral culture, with its many customs, beliefs and superstitions, into the written word and she upholds the former’s power over the latter.
Welcome to the first Blurb Appreication Review:
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About The Blurb:
The above blurb says it all and I feel that I have nothing much to add about the setting and themes of the stories.
But I would like to focus your attention to the picture at the bottom of the back cover. Looks scary, right?
Well it is meant to be.
Sri Lanka, according to many myths, was supposed to have been ruled by rakshashas or demons. The picture you see at the bottom is the Naga Rakshasa mask (Snake Demon mask) which is worn during rituals or performances to exorcise the demons or the rakshasas. Notice the many snakes on the top of the mask!
Now that is what I call a kick ass blurb-it not only tells you what the book is about but entices you with a bonus picture too that lets you know more about the setting!
For more information on the rakshash masks: click here and here!
I am starting a new series on The Book Cafe called Blurb Appreciation Reviews.
What is it about?
Personally I disapprove of the current trend of having only comments from authors or newspapers at the back of book. So much so that the definition of blurb has become synonymous with that.
But one definition of a blurb is also that the back cover of the book has a short synopsis of the story.
I miss those days when the back covers would actually tell you about the book rather than what others think about it.
How do you expect me to pick up a book if all the back cover says is:
And other such gazillion, run of the mill words that can be substituted above!
However, it does not mean that all books have those distasteful covers.
Through this series of Blurb Appreciation Reviews, I want to highlight books with excellent, well thought out summaries that actually show us what the book is about!
Come join The Book Cafe on a blurbful ride!
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