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Book Review: The Queen of Jasmine Country, by Sharanya Manivannan

They say not to judge a book by its cover but there’s something quite alluring about book covers without a doubt. Some books catch my eye just by their cover and this was one such. And SSJ gifted it to me on our first meeting! That just makes it a bonus.

The blurb promises a tale rich with echoes of classical poetry and I think it delivers. The poetic prose has allure, and it just adds a further level of beauty to the novel. The story itself is about a poetess and her love for the Lord, who was abandon as a baby but found by Vishnuchittan & Arali, how her childhood and the surrounding aura of spirituality made a mark on her life itself. And how this is brought to the reader is quite lovely.

I enjoyed reading about Vishnuchittan and his customs and how his poetry won over royalty. This book in a way talks about traditions and expectations of women that perhaps still continue to exist, about fears. At some places I thought, this feels so familiar with current day of some women for sure (even though I would like to think that that’s changing towards a positive direction). I liked how Kodhai is portrayed as well.

I did think the language could have been a little less poetic. At times it felt a bit heavier than necessary. I don’t say it’s a point against the author’s style but it might have helped. The lore behind the poet is quite extensive I believe, so I would have liked to know more about the characters and their lives but the book is a short one split over chapters of varying sizes. But I must say, overall, I did like the book.

A Score Of 8 Out Of 10

Book Details:
Title: The Queen of Jasmine Country
Author: Sharanya Manivannan
Genre: Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: 9789353023843
No. of Pages: 156
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 8 out of 10

Vinay Leo R.
© A Bookworm’s Musing
31st Jan. 2019


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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