Review: Diary of A Stranger by Remesh R.
This book was a real surprise for me. When I decided to read it, I didn’t expect to be able to go through the entire book in a matter of a few hours, unable to put it down. I must confess that I am not a fun of diaries but this diary was a revelation.
In my opinion, this is a must read. The author looks at the world with wide-open eyes and sees it exactly as it is, with everything that is good and bad in it. I think that he must be a realist/pessimist, as his character, Shatru, is, otherwise he wouldn’t have been able to surprise everything with so much accuracy, from the realistic description of corporate office culture, populated with people from all avenues of life, full of gossip and pretentions, to the imperfection of the human race, and in principal the shortcomings of his own culture. The writer excels in touching upon the ugly reality of the contemporary world, the dogmas and the artificial existing in most relationships that are formed among people.
The style is brutal in places. He uses hard words here and there and sarcasm towards the people around as well as towards what’s in the mind and soul of the hero is riveting. From the first page of the book I was hooked by the author’s style, full of sarcasm but also fine humor.
The hero is appealing and appalling the same time. There are moments when you can’t stop liking him and moments when you feel that you can’t do otherwise but dislike him. He is the quintessence of a human being but, always in my opinion, he reveals himself as being a man slightly confused by everything happening around but a man that has healthy principles. He always tends to do what is fair.
The first half of the book is sarcastic, revealing painful truths and what makes the hero tick. The second half, which begins with the Anwesha’s arrival on the scene, goes deeper and the character finds a new meaning for his life. Shatru falls in love, gradually, going through various stages, from denial to the moment when he becomes aware that he can’t live without her. From that moment on, his philosophical journeys go deeper and lose some of the sarcasm he showed in the beginning of the book.
Remesh is a very good writer and he has a real talent in surprising and revealing truths that most of us prefer to keep under the rug.
This is a book that I would recommend to anyone: it would satisfy the romantic, the philosopher, the pessimist and even the optimist….
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