29 October, 2013
I'd wager half my fingers that you would have read some or the other fantasy novel. I'd wager some of the leftover fingers that I still have, that you would have read some science fiction novel as well. If I still have my fingers, this is the right novel for you.
Science fiction and fantasy, a blend which might appear to be an abomination of sorts, actually turns out to be one of the most sublime genres that I have ever come across. While fantasy has its own appeal of creating another world, to put it mildly, and science fiction has its own appeal, in the way, that if the author goes into some aspects of the development of this new world by means of a scientific hypothesis, it generates a new level of fantasy in itself. As you find yourself thinking about and linking up parts of the science that the author has woven and yet left out, in your own ways. To add to this, we have this godly character called Sam, whom I shall not describe, but I will go on to quote the first line of the book, which goes something like this.
His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god.
Through an ecstatic mix of gods, science and myth, the novel recreates the myth of Buddha in his unique and impeccable writing style, which is unparalleled, especially in terms of the usage of wit in the narrative style. Also, a portrayal of the past and the present and the elaborate passage from one to another has its own appeal from a reader's perspective.
If, as I said, I still have my fingers, and you have liked fantasy and sci-fi as genres, this will be one hell of a read.
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