Book Review: ‘Swallowing the Sun’ by Lakshmi Murdeshwar Puri

A Multifaceted Tale of Love and Revolution

Book Title: Swallowing the Sun: A Novel
Author: Lakshmi Murdeshwar Puri
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Number of Pages: 424
ISBN: 978-8119635863
Date Published: Jan. 7, 2024
Price: INR 712

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In her debut novel, “Swallowing the Sun,” Lakshmi Murdeshwar Puri draws a fascinating analogy between 13th-century saint poet Muktabai and Emperor Napoleon, both of whom believed in the transformational potential of self-belief throughout the ages.

“Swallowing the Sun” is a debut novel by Puri, a debut author, that explores India’s freedom struggle through the eyes of its sisters Malati and Kamala. The story takes place in a village in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, and reflects the sisters’ journey from birth to boarding school in Indore and Bombay. The novel explores the clash and reshaping of ideologies and convictions, revealing the bitter truths of human nature.

The story intertwines with the essence of India, blending the rustic charm of the Maharashtrian countryside with the fervent political atmosphere of a nation brimming with revolutionary ideas. The novel introduces compelling personalities like Malak, the affluent brother-in-law, and Mohan Kaka, the uncle whose revolutionary spirit leaves an indelible mark.

From its beautiful cover to its dazzling contents, “Swallowing the Sun” oozes confidence. Puri is set in the early part of the twentieth century, during India’s awakening from foreign rule, and paints a broad canvas of a nation rediscovering its voice. Puri’s excellent writing brings to life a broad ensemble of people, each painstakingly portrayed and very real. By the conclusion, characters like Baba, Ayee, Govind, and Malak have become familiar spirits, challenging our understanding of the human experience.

Contrary to expectations, “Swallowing the Sun” is more than just a work of magic realism or fiction; it is a profound investigation of diverse types of love, belief, and sacrifice. The novel’s heroines, notably the tough Malati, stand out among a galaxy of strong female characters.

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The male characters are equally engaging, each flawed but convincing in their own way. Puri expertly navigates these complexities, creating a tapestry of human nature’s many nuances.

Swallowing the Sun” is a compelling story that draws readers into its vividly envisioned universe. Puri’s skillful world-building and engaging writing make it a captivating read that leaves readers wanting more.

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