Friday, August 30, 2013

Review: Whisper Of The Worms by Marcardian

Many people have suffered injustice at one point of time in their lives. Some of them have been made scapegoat just to make way for the corrupt ones. Those who have sacrificed themselves have led a life of struggle. Author Marcardian in his book "Whisper of the Worms" brings out a tale of one such injustice and the inside of the banking industry. So does it live up to the expectations? Let's find out. 

A crow eyed peep in to the backyard of a banking organization.
An unusual portrayal of the life and times of an ordinary mortal and his subdued fight for survival.
A moving story of the commercialized people in an imaginary country called Marcardia, portrayed through their psyche and polity, makes one think, laugh, and get emotionally choked...
Listen to the Whisper of the worms to hear the muffed wail of the humans on the run, lured by the carrot, forced by the stick..... 

First look at the title and you'll get a feel that you are about to undertake a journey in to the world of worms or something like that. But it's not the way it looks. The title is deceptive. The cover image too points out at the same but it again has the deceptiveness. The blurb is a contrast of what the title and the image suggests. It talks about a peek into the banking industry. The blurb is good but the title and cover image could have been different. It won't make the reader feel connected. 

The story is about Thobais Mathai who stays in USA and has been detected with cancer and he wants to hide it from him family members and others too. He wants to go back to his country and meet his old mother and relive his childhood once again before his time is up on this planet. But he is in for a shock when he lands in Marcardia when his passport is seized and a pending case comes in to the light which has been filed by his previous company "Smile Bank" where he was employed 20 years. He tries to decipher the puzzling story and write off the false allegations against him. But is he really innocent or has he been made the scapegoat for his hard work and diligence? That is the story all about. 

The story is emotional, it touches your heart. It's slow in pace and narration. The author has created a beautiful imaginary world and a corporate set up and a scandal which goes way too deep beyond anybody's imagination. The book is deceptive right from the start. till the end. It's not a breezy story at all and readers have to spend a lot of time in grasping a lot of information about what goes in the banking industry. The reality and the face of the banking industry has been portrayed very well. It's not predictable which is a plus point of the story. 

The downside in the story is it's title and cover image which doesn't suits the story at all. Only the last few pages towards the end can be related to it which simply won't make any sense at all. The book goes in to a sleep mode quite often with too many imaginary places and long conversations with people.  The end of the book could have been better. 

Overall it's a good representation of the injustice which one undergoes in the banking industry. But the book is not an easy read and very slow with it's pace and build up which might not turn off many. Patience is the key to read this book or else it'll churn out every bit of your mind. Banking industry people can relate to the book easily. 


3 OUT OF 5.

The book was received as part of the "Reviewers Programme" on "The Tales Pensieve".

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