Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: Newton's Law Reversed by Howard Roark

Not many books teach you the importance of life and some virtues related it. Such books are few and very much enlighten us the humans. Author Howard Roark in his debut venture "Newton's Law Reversed" has penned down some life lessons and conveyed it through a medium. So is there indeed a lesson? Let's find out. 

On a trip to meet an ailing relative in Gangaikondacholapuram, Akash is introduced to conflict when a simple village girl, Ganga trespasses his thoughts. His mind fails to elude Ganga and being overwhelmed by the new found emotion, his attempts to free himself of his battles only grip him tighter. As his mind flits between Ganga and Ganesan, another tormented soul, Akashs only reprieve could have been a banter with his father, when unexpectedly he hears the news of his fathers expiry. Little did he know that his fathers demise and the ensuing trip to the village would alter his cynical view of the world? In this journey from boyhood to manhood, Akash derives profound meaning through his retrospective deliberations on his dead fathers words.

First look at the title and the cover and it might give a feel of science fiction. The title is very eye catchy but the cover image could have been done in a much better manner. The blurb talks about a person and a journey he undertakes and what all he learns there. It's a blurb which could have given out less and been more precise. 

The story is of Akash who happens to be in a conflict with life and is constantly distracted by some problems and heavily relies upon his father's advice. A trip down to his relative's place along with his mom after his father's death turns out to be an eye opener as he finds himself attracted to Ganga and playing the role of adviser for many. But will his love last long? What role Ganesan plays in his life? Will he finally get some clarity in his head? That's what the story is all about. 

The book is heavily tilted in favor of self help and life lessons. A unique and compelling narration along with some good vocabulary helps along the way. The story is more convincing in the second half and makes sense towards the end. The life's dilemmas have been answered in a decent manner. 

The downside of the book is it's too much drifting into the vivid thought process in the protagonist's mind. The real motive behind the story comes bit too late. The characters have not been given due space in the story. A more detailed story would have made it more easier to understand the basis of the book. The first half is too random and off beat. 

All in all the book holds up in parts and gives readers few moments to savor and enlighten about life. The purpose is lost somewhere and then clarity comes way too late. But the vocabulary holds the fort and it delivers few good punches to the readers. A decent book to go through. 


3 OUT OF 5

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