A stranger arrives at a village looking for shelter, but finds that the villagers do not want to help him. After a while, when he is asked what he can do for a living, he says he is a storyteller. Can he write a new story for the village?
The Storyman is a short story eleven pages long. It can be read in a few minutes at most. I liked it a lot, for even though it is short, it has an insight into people. It shows their attitude toward certain professions, and also their assumptions during a time of danger. I could relate to the question asked when the former is looked at. The character is nice, but it’s the doubt created by the story that makes it memorable. Was it the storyteller, or was it not? The open ending lets the reader contemplate that answer.
It’s perfect for reading while waiting at an appointment perhaps. I’m hoping this is the prologue to a much longer collection of stories from the author.
|Title: The Storyman|
|Author(s): Bhavya Nandakumar||Genre: Short Reads|
|ISBN/ASIN: B07B75MRF3||Publisher: Self-published|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
18th March 2018)