Book Title: White Noise
Author: Shruti Upadhaya
Total Number of Pages: 111
Publisher: Bee Books
Publication Date: 1 Jan 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Romance
“There is another city right under our city and it comes up only when you and I are together. Only you and I know about it and only you and I get to experience it. It keeps itself hidden from the rest of the world. And that is where I live.” He said “And what happens when you’re not with me?” She asked. “I evaporate.” He smiled.
REVIEW BY SOHINEE DEY
White Noise is one hell of a mysterious book. Shruti Upadhaya had been good with hiding the whole story behind some psychological mumblings which doesn’t give away any idea on what the book could be about. Even the cover and the blurb are good at concealing it. The blurb is such that it would entice you and you’ll anticipate for the revelation bomb, but then, it never comes.
The plotline is divided into three parts: Me, Her and Him. As you would have probably guessed by now, yes, it’s a love story but not the usual boy-meets-girl-and-gets-married kind. The psychological aspect of the relationship is more prominent in the book than the actual love story. Didn’t understand? What I mean to say is, when a person is attracted towards another person, whatever goes on in these two peoples’ heads, their thoughts, their inhibitions, what scares them; if one person is overtly taken by the other, and that person doesn’t return the same level of affection, everything could go wrong in such a relationship and the book covers all these messy thoughts.
The characters are beautifully portrayed and the author has paid equal attention to craft the characters so that they don’t lose their complexity. The frame of mind of both the characters had been brilliantly depicted that it made me feel as if I was living in their heads, as if it was me processing those thoughts. This book does show mental illness through the medium of the characters and how it can mess up a person’s brain but doesn’t really talk about it. It’s more like, the story deals with this particular aspect subtly but concentrates more on showing the effects.
White Noise is quite a complicated story to sum up in a review. The book length is short but the thoughts that went into the making is deeper than the ocean. The chapters are short but each chapter delivers as much information is needed.
The writing style is somewhat philosophical which I absolutely loved, it makes you ponder on your own life. Similarly, the language and the word-weaving is equally impressive. It’s not that the language is difficult and the author has used some sophisticated looking words, but the way the sentences are structured; the depth of the meaning that they carry are enhanced.
It was a fast read for me but it definitely lingered in my subconscious mind even after I was finished reading it.
MY FINAL VERDICT
I don’t think I have read anything like this before. It was mystifying, it was confusing and most importantly the lyrical, almost poetic narration really got to me. This was such a comprised precise work of fiction; where it’s fiction but not totally fictitious at the same time. But as I neared the end, I was hoping for a better closure but I was a bit let down with the ending because a book of this nature deserved a better ending.
After a very long time, I can recommend a book without any doubt. This book would be fit for any kind of a reader. It’s a short read but the word weaving can leave you stunned.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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