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Book Review: The Small-town Sea by Anees Salim

When in bed unwell, and unable to sleep, a bibliophile’s best outlet is a good book. This book by Anees Salim has been on my TBR for a while now, and I’m glad I finally finished reading it.

The author’s narration style is dipped in inks of poignancy. Given the book begins with death and the moments before it, the last moments of Vappa, that is expected. But even in the teenage narrator’s voice, that can be seen through the novel.

I liked the small mischiefs Bilal and the narrator get into, the imagination of the children making a story of small things. That was fun to read. The descriptions were delectable too. Knowing Vappa was going to die kind of made it sad though.

And yet, life after Vappa’s death is what is sadder. I somehow think there are unsaid things there, slowly dissolving into loneliness for the narrator. I didn’t expect that. I wonder if the narrator deserved that, if that was how life went.

Even after I turn the last page, I somehow find myself drawn back to the secret beach, to the pirates, to Bilal, to Little, to the narrator and to the small-town sea that ties them all together. Apart from the sense of poignancy that accompanies it, I suppose that is a good thing.

A Score Of 9 Out Of 10

Book Details:
Title: The Small-town Sea
Author: Anees Salim
Genre: Fiction
No. of Pages: 280
Publisher: Penguin Books
Rating: 9 out of 10

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