Title : Circus Folk And Village Freaks
Author : Aparna Upadhyay Sanyal
Publisher : Viswakarma Publishers
Pages : 156
Meet the beautiful people of the Circus, and the freaks who live in the Village next to them. Mangled, jangled, misunderstood, all find place in the rich tapestry of this book.
Siamese twins separate to lose half a heart each, and find snake-man and tiger-taming lovers. A man bitten by a crocodile becomes a God, and a Devadasi woos the entire countryside with her culinary artistry.
Fates intertwined lead sometimes to tragedy, sometimes happy summits of fame. A clown finds his place in Hollywood and mute animals break unspeakable chains. A twisted man falls in love with a mirror and a white man is unmade by the Indian sun.
In this book are tales for every season and every reason. Tales of human depravity that take innocent lives, and of a murderers’ insanity that follows, a fitting revenge by nature, red in tooth and claw.
These stories are told in the form of narrative poems in rhyming couplets.
Circus Folk And Village Freaks is a book which is unique in itself. First of all, the title itself is quite catchy as we all know that it should be the other way around (circus Freaks and Village folks), but the book and its 18 twisted tales challenge the very concept of being a “freak” in relative terms.
Where Freaks of the village are uncannily biased, superstitious and greedy, Circus Folks are accepting, rational and selfless. All the stories are narrated in the form of verses which is why I had called this book unique in the first place.
All the stories hum a different tune interlinking the circus with the village, judging the difference from a satirical perspective. I extremely enjoyed reading it for it is highly relatable with the society we currently live in and bravely challenges its sophisticated yet hypocritical stature.
Would recommend to each and every one out there who wants something to read out of the box! My rating is 4. 5 🌟