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Title: Snuffing Out The Moon
Author: Osama Siddique
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Ayeshay (verified owner) – October 13, 2019
“Snuffing Out the Moon” is the Author’s debut novel, but it wouldn’t be accurate to call it a novel or at-least it is far from being called a conventional novel, more like a lyrical and cinematic account of history. There are 6 stories from 6 different eras, from Mohenjodaro (2084 BCE) to mughal era, contemporary lahore and dystopian sub-continent (2084 CE), each with a potential of having a separate paperback of its own. The stories take us through different civilisations showing glimpses of different cultures in the South-Asian region throughout the history. Packing 6 plots in one book is not an easy task and not something everyone can dare to do, but since it’s the Author’s debut novel, the pressure of being extremely original usually comes along, so he took a shot and it was worth it. The language is beautiful, rich in literature, lyrical script like prose. There’s a classic vibe, a tad-bit taste of classic Urdu literature, and vivid imagination. There’s a plethora of characters, well-cut, full of substance and life, each of them struggling through different circumstances, but the plot is not driven by the characters, the situations are so potentially strong that characters seem secondary to the plot. Also, there’s a lack of dialogue. The book is engaging in the start but it soon loses the charm after a couple of chapters, it’s an undulating ride, at some point the plot (or plots) turns really engaging and at some points its a real struggle to keep reading. Excessive use of bulky vocabulary (loads of fancy words) and long, complex sentences make it even more torpid, the book is anything but compact. However, reading the gorgeous hardcover was an absolute delight. The book is divided into five sections, partitioned with beautiful pages of poetry. Recommended to people who love classics, history, non-fiction with a taste for poetry. YA junkies, fantasy freaks! this is not your cup of tea.
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