Thursday, 4 July 2013

Brajesh's Review : The Last War

The back of the book states "The greatest story ever, told again". And you know it's a modern day retelling of the Mahabharat. Any decent writer is highly unlikely to go wrong with that. Sandipan Deb does an excellent job. Set in Bombay turning to Mumbai era and with control of the underworld at stake.

The Last War makes some excellent metaphors. Gaandeev turns to a gun named Gaandu, Karna's armor to a bullet proof vest, Chakravyuh to Dharavi, Chausar to cricket betting and so on. At every stage, you feel the writer could have done better in recreating the parallels, but then you realize that no one can ever achieve the perfection of the original.

Overall the story is gripping and fast and the book is a page turner, even when you are totally familiar with the narration. If you are a fan of the "greatest story" you must give this a shot and finish over 2 days stretching late into each night (just as I did :-))

Rating : 4 / 5

Also read Kim's Review of the Last War

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