…by Amitav Ghosh.
The story beings with computer analyst, Antar, finding an ID card through his computer of a fellow employee who had gone missing years ago. Identifying that the card belongs to Murugan, Antar recalls the long discussion he had with Murugan before he (Murugan) left to Calcutta. Murugan, who dedicated a good amount of time learning about the life of Ronald Ross, goes to Calcutta to find the missing pieces of his theory that Ross’ Nobel fetching discovery about the role that the anopheles mosquito plays in the transmission of malaria was all presented to him by someone / some group that wanted to remain unknown and had ulterior motives.
What is Murugan’s theory? Why does he want to dig more into it? What happened to him in Calcutta? Was he able to find the missing pieces and put it all together? Who was the person or the group that guided Ross so he could make his discovery? What was the motive behind it? Does Antar succeed in finding Murugan? A gripping tale that answers all these questions.
It is a very well written book, which without a doubt had me engrossed.A fast paced story it sure was. But I could not appreciate the way it ended. I was probably anticipating something big or better to come out of all the suspense. When I was almost half way done, I had a feeling that I would like the book…but once I read it fully, I couldn’t get myself to say that. The only reason why – the way things came together. It all fell into place, made sense and such…but not to my liking. So, as much as I enjoyed reading this novel, I was left with a weird feeling towards the end.
What I liked, though, is the author’s writing style. Something about it kept me going…his way of building the characters, describing the scenes, developing the plot…all that was done very well. So I’m sure to pick up more of his books in the future even though this particular one didn’t work for me.
So, overall, although I enjoyed the way the story was told, I was disappointed with the way it ended. Therefore, I would recommend the author’s work based on this book, but not this book.
My rating: 3*.
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