The Sacrifice: Collection of Short Stories - volume I Kindle Edition
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It has been a while since I was genuinely moved by a (fictional) story of hard circumstances,perhaps it is because these short stories allow the events to unfold in quick succession - although they never feel rushed - over just 70 pages each or may be it is that these stories are vehicles of recognition simply because we see glimpses of them everywhere from the news to our local community. I read this in two sittings and came away from it with both an air of melancholy but an appreciation for the redemptive actions of others. - Steve
Indrajit Garai has a sparse writing style which I think works well in the collection. This is labeled as volume one so I can only assume he will be writing and publishing more short story collections, which I will look forward to! - Brendon
It's a real story of struggle and determination not to give up...Well written and with thought provoking events makes The Sacrifice a 5* read in my opinion. - David
What ties them together is love, the desire to protect their loved ones, and the strength to continue on. While what is considered short stories, 70 pages each, altogether they show what "The Sacrifice" is all about. - Michelle
It was an absolute pleasure reading these short stories and I sincerely hope to read more from this author in the future. - Jennifer
About the Author
- ASIN : B01L2TII1K
- Publisher : Indrajit GARAI (August 25, 2016)
- Publication date : August 25, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1806 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 218 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1519735308
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,019 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Sacrifice is a collection of three short stories: The Move, The Listener, and The Sacrifice.
The Move is about Guillaume, a dairy farmer in France, who gives up everything to protect his child. The listener is about Matthew, who risks his life to save a tree, and The Sacrifice is about François, an Author, who will sacrifice everything for his grandson. In short, this book is about the sacrifices people make for those (or those things) they love.
In a short story, there needs to be something to grab the reader and pull them in, I didn't feel that pull with these stories. I found the stories to be weighed down by descriptions that were unnecessary-sometimes less is more. Also, I had some problems with the writing and choice of words. Another reviewer pointed out that English may not be this Author's first language and then I thought "perhaps not". That would explain some things such as sentence structure, short sentences, choice of words, etc.
This book was a chore for me. I either like short stories or they annoy me. Lately I have been reading novels which I think would work better as short stories and reading short stories that I wished were longer. This book, did not fit into either of those categories. I believe over time; this writer will become more polished. I appreciate the message of making sacrifices for those we love, of having to make choice for another.
I found "The Move" to be difficult in the beginning and kept having to try and figure out who was who. Once I got the players down, the reading became easier. The last part of this book shined for me (when he makes the sacrifice for his son) I also really enjoyed the scene where the vultures attack. That part had promise. Maybe that makes me a tad macabre, but I found that section to be well written.
The Listener, for me, was simply okay. It was my least favorite of the three. There were some long descriptions and I get that the Author was creating tension and setting up his characters for the "sacrifice" but some just seemed long. I also did not feel a connection to any of the characters in this short story.
In the final short story, Francois wants to help his grandson, he needs money as his grandson recently moved in with him. This story is one where I felt for the Grandfather. He was once a successful Author and now his success has waned. He feels a strong sense of responsibility to care for his grandson, he strives to provide, and things go wrong. This felt rushed at the end, but again, I did feel for the grandfather.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Quick Reasons: thought-provoking, emotionally-driven reads; each short story explores and imparts a spine-chilling message; the prose is smooth and effective overall; some of the plot lines seemed a bit forced/too tidy
---My heart skips a beat; someone has driven four climbing nails into her trunk!
It can't be the Forest Office; they use ropes to climb, not a ladder of nails. Some airhead must have taken my tree for Mont Blanc.---
This collection of short stories is both haunting and emotional. Each plot introduces a complex, thought-provoking moral implication or message, and carefully crafts the story around it to the most heart-wrenching or powerful end. Indrajit Garai plays on his readers emotions throughout this series, leaving them breathless, angry, or hurting in turn. Each story manipulates the heart of readers in a beautifully engaging way, and is bound to leave people thinking long after closing the final page of the book.
I did, however, find a few of the plot points to feel a BIT awkward or forced. It seemed in several places, things happened in a weird or unnecessary order strictly to keep the plot moving and the story rolling, dragging out a situation or event. While this isn't a bad thing necessarily--several times, these moments led to the more profound and poignant revelations--there were moments I found myself wondering over the realism of said events or situations. Some of them felt, I suppose, a bit fake or unbelievable in the end.
---Francois lowered his eyes. "Age has weakened my storytelling."
"No. Age has strengthened your spirit."
"I don't see the connection."
"One needs a great spirit to tell a great story."---
The prose, however, is smooth and easy to follow, and the characters find their place within these pages. In fact, each character felt uniquely individualized and wholly separate from the rest, and while there were some interactions or reactions that I found myself doubting, they helped to draw me in more fully and immerse me in their stories. I believe the last story, especially, stands out as a favorite in my mind--the trials and tribulations faced and suffered by the characters, the climax and resolution of the plot, all came together in an emotionally powerful and deeply profound way.
While I don't read many short story collections, I would definitely recommend this to lovers of contemporary fiction, powerful characters, and stories with punch. These emotionally-driven, heart-wrenching reads are bound to open readers up to a variety of different settings and characters...and, hopefully, impart some powerful, poignant messages in the process. Picking this book up isn't a sacrifice, penguins--maybe you should consider it next time you're seeking a turbulent read.