The Devourers by Indra Das

27245999On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man’s unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger’s behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks. And so begins an unusual friendship…

The Devourers by Indra Das is a twist on Indian folklore that is an absolutely wonderful representation of different cultures. It tackles gender issues, bi-sexuality, unconventional love, masculinity, and even rape. I normally shy away from rape stories but… If I had to use one word to describe The Devourers  it would be intrigue. I can’t say that I liked this or that I hated it but I was definitely intrigue by it. This intrigue was enough to motivate me to keep reading despite the rape, the plot holes and unfinished story lines and a sleuth of other problems. Parts of this book were beyond well written. Artsy fartsy in the best way possible. The prose were woven tightly but beautifully. Other parts felt far fetched because Das failed to flesh out the idea he was trying to sell.

I don’t regret reading it but I still don’t know how I feel about it.


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