Book Review - The Lively Library
“We are an overwhelming concoction of thoughts and ideas who capture the mornings, nights and midnights of our writers, we are the manifestations of their dreams, spinning off in the written pages.” – The Lively Library
The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance, by Niranjan Navalgund
The Lively Library is a mystical story of a library, whose occupants come to life in the dark. This world introduces you to books and the many characters of the book world, very similar to humans but with a spin. Nayan, the human owner of the library, inherits it from his father; who tries to convey the secret to his son before he passes away of an illness. Unaware of its special powers, Nayan decides to restart the operations of this library, only to notice mysterious activities happening around him. During the day, it’s your regular library, but at night it becomes the lively library, where the book world comes to life.
This is a short story, that wouldn’t take you more than a couple of hours maybe even less. The writing is lucid and reader friendly; all the characters are illustrated wonderfully. It lures you into the world of books – their anatomy, powers, life and secrets. It has a little bit of everything – suspense, drama, love and faith. It may be a short story but it is powerful; it may sound childish, but has some remarkable hidden messages fit for all age groups. As a reader I pick a book to enjoy and connect with it; to fantasize a charismatic world where the book you are reading is also reading you, is pure genius and somewhat pleasing. I especially enjoyed how banned or incomplete books, which are often ignored, unloved or left unread in the back shelves, had a significant role to play in the story and the message it has to convey. The author leaves you hanging in the end, perhaps hinting a sequel?
Niranjan Navalgund is a good narrator. The imaginary world of “the Lively Library” is unique and thrilling, apt for children or young adults; it has a very interesting message at the end, which every reader (and writer) will love, irrespective of how old you are.
Niranjan Navalgund is a professional chess player and a keen writer of unusual stories and poetry. He lives with his family in Belagavi, Karnataka, India.
Genre Fiction, Short Story, Children
Price Rs. 150
Rating ✮✮✮✮ (4 Stars)
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