After reading volume one of Indrajit Garai’s short stories entitled Sacrifices – which I enjoyed a lot – volume two was much-anticipated by this reader. It was a pleasant surprise then, to recently find an email sat in my inbox, offering the second book up for review.
In this round of stories, there is a more international feel, instead of focusing solely on France. The demanding circumstances and struggles of the characters remain the same, however and retain the emotional impact of everyday struggles and problems. All walks of life depicted here, meaning plenty of variety in the works on offer.
Garai’s strength lie in humanising his characters, making the reader feel invested in the characters, sympathising with their trials and the things they do in order to survive; allowing us to examine ourselves through the protagonists. The important things in life can be so often forgotten, as these stories show so without spoiling anything I will succinctly give a brief outline of each story.
The Alignment takes the odious subject of hoarded riches and how it is moved around to the detriment of the workers who need the security. As well as the perception of social status regarding money and the people who have it. The sheer waste of money is highlighted along with legal but morally shady big business practises used everyday. Also there is the persona aspect of how easy it is to blinded by the gaining of wealth, instead of caring for those around us; which is the true richness of life.
The second story, The Changing Turf, is about contact with a different culture, the contrasts and fitting in. This story didn’t entirely convince me, although I sympathised with Nathan, I didn’t really like his character, he became a little annoying in some of his ways after a time. The ending a little obvious to me as well, and I felt this to be the weakest story of both of Garai’s books to date. Read the rest of this entry »