CIRCUS FOLKS & VILLAGE FREAKS – BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Circus Folks & Village Freaks
Publisher: Vishwakarma Publications
Author: Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal
No. of Pages: 152
Genre: Poetry; Folktales
Do I recommend it? Definitely! To everyone, both poetry and non-poetry readers and to both readers and non-readers!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thanks to Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal for sending me this review copy in exchange for an honest review!

First things first, I’m not a big reader of poetry. I do love poems, I do. Even so, poetry connects with me only when the time is right, and when I find the words relatable enough to touch my soul. However, I’ve been following this poetess named Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal on Facebook since 2018 and I’ve always found her poems and recitations very captivating.

Last year (2019), when I was offered to review her book of poems, I was more than happy to accept it.

Circus Folks & Village Freaks is a totally unique and quirky book that tells 18 tales about wonderful and distinct characters. As the title suggests, all these people are either a circus folk or a village freak and these tales are about their extraordinary lives.

I loved how the stories are short, specific and written in a poem format. It gives out a fresh appeal. Each tale stands out on its own and gives us more than what we expect. Touching upon various issues such as homosexuality, gender discrimination, untouchability, outcasting, love, and acceptance, this book has created a cauldron of lovely stories that I’m going to cherish forever.

The book starts with stories that are hilarious and witty. Gradually, the tales turn into heartbreaking accounts and much closer to reality.

The book has made me laugh out loud. It made me shed a drop of tear. It made me feel deeply about the issues that we come across daily. I’m glad that I got to read this beautiful book and I would definitely urge you to read it.

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