These Circuses that Sweep Through the Landscape by Tejaswini Apte Rahm – Book Review

These Circuses that Sweep Through the Landscape



A fanatical collector of beetles finds out too late where his passion has led him. A woman out on a shopping spree in a glitzy mall finds she can’t go home again. A servant girl experiences a cruel loss of innocence when she eats something that wasn’t meant for her. In the sweltering heat of Bombay, a schoolgirl finds the ground slipping beneath her feet except when she’s watching Star Trek. Four friends meet for drinks one evening, only to find that their friendship is not what it seems. And, in the extraordinary title story, a student who has worshipped his teacher for decades comes to a terrible realization about him. Meanwhile, his old mentor is planning a cunning legacy of his own.

Book Review:

I have always loved short stories and this is why am in a lookout always for short story collections.  “These Circuses that Sweep Through the Landscape” is collection of ten short stories each one dealing with a strong human emotions and psychology. All the stories are highly engaging with a strong ability to connect with the readers. Every story is unique in its own way and intrigues the reader with wonderful language and vivid imagery. The best part of the book is that at no place you feel bored or the stories seem to be dragging. I hate unnecessary descriptions and stretchy stories that distract the readers from the main theme. And this book just masters the art to convey everything in the form of Clear, crisp, and concise writing.

I like reading books that have the capacity to involve the readers and provoke their imagination. And this book did exactly this to me.

All the ten stories in “These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscapes” is different from the other and take up an interesting subject. So in one book itself, we go from Star Trek to the mall to teacher-student and servant-master relationships and so on. In short, the topics touched varied emotions and were versatile offering something for every taste. The beauty of the book lies in the care for detail.

Talking about the cover of the book, it was better or should I say impressive in the paperback format. In my opinion, the online version did not succeed in catching my attention. It seemed a little bland and failed to stand out among the rest.

All in all, “These Circuses That Sweep Through The Landscape” is a captivating read and a sure page turner. Since there are not many pages in the book, it can be finished in a single setting during a weekend afternoon. Recommended to all short story lovers and those who like to read emotional and intense reads.

** I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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