Top critical review
Can be scripted for a movie
Reviewed in India on 5 September 2018
This is my first book written by this author. A Hundred Little Flames is a story of a young man who finds meaning in his life when he goes through a period of time which seems worst otherwise. After a freak fiasco in which the protagonist ends up losing his job, he is sent to his ancestral home in Kerala to cool off, though other intentions do persist. How he finds his rhythm in this new scenario, facing a man of an older generation, forms the initial part. As he finds comfort in this new setup, he is forced into action by a sudden turn of events and he does not hesitate to rise up to the situation and to go to the extremes, thereby helping him to understand himself.
The story involving family members of three generations is fast paced and has a good flow. At certain instances, the narration feels trite though. The book leaves you with a hangover of a well - made movie. It is quite a simple read and will keep you engaged till the last page.
I read this book at my ancestral home and that added to the pleasure I got from this book. I also found that the good amount of research has been done in writing this book, since there are chapters dedicated to furnish details of yester years. Overall, it is a book to be tasted and swallowed. I would recommend this book as a one - time read and suggest reading this at your ancestral home.