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"Named of the Dragon" by Susanna Kearsley
Tormented by horrific nightmares since a tragic death five years before, literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw agrees to accompany an author to Wales, where she encounters an eccentric young widow desperately afraid for her infant's safety and a reclusive playwright who could be her only salvation. Learn more | See more from the author

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  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GB0JXW
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An entrepreneur, environmentalist, racer, wine lover, writer, and many more random things. Haresh has started writing through poetry and upon its mastery (mostly boredom, you cannot truly master writing as it is an evolving process) has shifted to experimenting with essay and short stories.

Haresh's passion in short story lies in being able to dwell within the universe of consciousness and experimenting, dissecting, and in short, exploring and destroying and recreating thoughts, concepts, interjecting hallucinations and twists focused on something deeper, engaging the reader to jump in and explore together.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Mullis on April 27, 2011
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Haresh Daswani's EVOLUTION OF INSANITY is an interesting collection of short stories giving you a peek into the mind of a writer and his struggles to be creative. As the title of this collection implies, you can sense the writer's gradual slide into madness. He spends his times staring at a door hinge, reflects upon the state of sand at a beach, and has conversations with some of the characters he has created.

None of the stories are very long, which allows you to either read through them rather quickly, or spread them out as treats for yourself when you need to take a quick break.

Daswani has a gift for creating believable situations in his stories, and giving them a twist so that you aren't quite sure how the story is going to turn out. His plots move along well and some of them reminded me of episodes from Twilight Zone where you know something is off but don't know what until the story is complete.

Even if you are not a fan of the short story format, you might like this book. The stories are unusual and varied. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from this author!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryan D. Shields on February 27, 2011
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Haresh Daswani has a fascinating story-telling style that engages the reader from the very first page. He shows quite a gift for creating rather ordinary people in somewhat odd situations. It's that twist of just a bit odd that brings a unique, life-like quality to each story. His descriptions of both the character and the environment are impeccable. You don't just read the story, you <u>experience</u> the story. That takes talent. I'd love to have his talent for description.

Most fascinating of all is how Daswani weaves extraordinary philosophical ideas into these ordinary --- almost unassuming --- characters and settings. You're not expecting it to be as profound as it turns out to be. That's a big plus in my book.

If that weren't enough, Daswani's sense of brevity is uncanny. The story is not so long that it interest is lost, yet short enough to leave the reader wanting more and pondering what happens next.

This collection of short stories is highly entertaining, thought-provoking, insightful and funny. Best of all, they are stories very well told.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shaeeza Haniff on May 20, 2011
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The Evolution of Insanity is a collection of tales, stories, and fables about a variety of beings. Imagine for a moment you are able to stop and listen, see, witness and understand a segment of the lives of a collection of beings - Gods, godlike, god hating and god wannabes, the dead, the living, the fictional, the alien, male, female, the young and the old.
Stories that would have you believe that Santa was killed, "tongue in cheek" stories, stories intermingled with intellectual descriptions of body functions, of the human despair and condition. Stories like the one about a long suffering psychiatrist finding his "emotional wastebasket", Adam and Eve personas, Herman of whom we all know one of, the passing of the torch of thoughts and observation as depicted in "London in the Mind". Stories that enlighten us about the complexities of the interrelationships between the opposite sexes.
Haresh Daswani is a complex writer who writes with intellectual wit and philosophy interlaced with humor.
"We are all insane who hide in rooms further making us insane".

A great read!
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Reading this book is a horrible mistake.

It made me insane.

Overall, I think this book has one humongous mistake. A very huge irredeemable mistake.

We are fooled thinking that this book is about how insanity evolved. "Do not judge the book by its title", that is more aptly appropriate than the original quotation. We expect to read about insanity and maybe read what author has to say about it and about all its possible forms and appearances throughout time, of how it grows and instills itself to one, of what it does and what it is capable of becoming.

This book has made a very unforgivable mistake...

Instead of the "Evolution of Insanity," this book should be correctly titled as "The Evolution of Genius!"

I love it. I loved it the first time I read it and I know I will love it the next time I will read it. I love the complexity of the book. Some stories may be somewhat shallow, some are deeply profound, some are lamentable, some are funny, some are spicy and ironic, some are mundane, some are exceptional but most of all, every story is a jewel. This book is a veritable treasure box. I have never read such a powerful short story collection.

This book transcends every genre I ever loved and known. It can be described closest as post-modern, but then there are elements of magical realism, of fantasy, of horror, of realism, of parodies and of excitingly innovative ideas. i cannot put this book in the shelf of fiction or non-fiction. I rather put copies of this in a pedestal behind the bookstore's window for all to see if I were a shop owner. This book is definitely beyond any classification.
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By Scott on May 26, 2011
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Evolution of Insanity is a book consisting of a great number of short stories, which, on a first look, don't seem to have much in common. Some are darker than others, some are funny and some are sad, like my favourite one, the protagonist who commits suicide because they cannot live up to their own expectations and would rather sink into their own despair than allow themselves to be as they are. As the reader progresses through the book, they'll start to realise the stories are all interlinked, giving the impression of moving from one book character to the next, from one life experience to another.

This is a book that hasn't been done before, a remarkable book with surprising depth, beautiful writing, and certainly no dumbed down language to allow it to fit into a genre. When it comes to the language, I'd call it literary; the voice, however, is sharp and educated with plenty of humorous layers to it. The stories are connected in their depth and ability to link reality with fiction, dreams and mysticism with satire and belief, lifestyle and choice with art, and many, many more.

It is a philosophical read, and while I'm into all that is philosophical, I often find philosophical books bordering on the boring side. Evolution of Insanity kept me reading from one tale to the other, wondering what would come next. I particularly liked the observational nature of the tales and how they brought to light all that is dark, hidden and twisted in human nature, giving insight into the various facets of humanity in a unique way. I was astounded at the immense creativity and diversity of this book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit of dark fiction with plenty of humour and excellent writing.
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