Author: Neilay Khasnabish
Cover : 4/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 3/5
Theme : 3/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Overall : 3/5
- Characters (Leads):
- Srijan- Protagonist
- Priyam- Srijan’s lover
I received this book through Goodreads’ First Reads giveaway. Thanks Neilay for sending the book.
The Agony of Love is a story of a young boy Srijan Ghose and what he goes through in the most crucial phase of his life. He fails to get a suitable job, according to his degree, and the frustration builds up. He isn’t afraid of failure, but of frustration. The story then revolves around how leaves his home, resides at his elder brother’s place, falls in love with a girl named Priyam who inspires the poet in him and he takes up poetry as his job, for which he also refuses the job offer from an MNC. His elder brother then asks him to leave his house and he resides in a nearby apartment.
I couldn’t connect with the characters at the beginning. Different names have been used to refer to the same person which becomes confusing to understand. The connectivity between scenes is a bit poor. At times you would wonder what is going on. Priyam’s character has been described a bit confusingly. It sometimes felt as if she is forcing Srijan, controlling his life, to make him do what she wants him to do.
The second half of the book has been described amazingly. From the time Srijan is kidnapped, the plot takes a massive turn and I was hooked to the book till I completed it. Climax will bring a smile on your face.
- Good description of flowers and birds, which shows that Neilay has great appreciation for nature.
- Simple vocabulary.
- Imaginary descriptions of Srijan with his lover are amazing.
- Inspirational phrases at various points
- Great use of metaphor.
- Good description of various incidences from history.
- Grammar could have been improved.
- Editing is such that it sometimes becomes difficult to understand who is saying the dialogue.
- Flow could have been improved.
- Difficulty in relating to situations
- Characters not described clearly.
Not something definitely recommended, but a good read. (3/5)
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