Sunday, May 8, 2016

Review of I am the lord by Ezhuth Aani



Book Name         - I  am the lord

Author                  - Ezuth Aani

Publisher              - Frog Books

Number of Pages - 250

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 4.0

Blurb


This unique novel explores the world of religious conversion without actually condemning any particular religion. Set in the 1990s, the story travels to many countries including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Spain, Canada, and Sri Lanka. It delves into the philosophies of several religions while entwining an interesting story of adventure and love. Many of its predictions made two years ago when first published in Tamil are now playing out in the Middle East. The recent developments in Iraq and Syria, and the worldwide ramifications including events in France, Egypt and Mali bear testimony to the deep understanding of the historico-political landscape described in the novel. With religious proselytizing becoming a major issue in India, this novel is a must read for the discerning Indian reader. ""A very different novel which is also a philosophical enquiry"" Indra Parthasarathy (Sahithya Award winner) ""An experimental Creative Writing"" KS Sivakumaran (Daily Mirror) ""A gripping saga of cultures and religions"" Thuraiyuran (Daily Mirror)

My Review

Written two years back originally in Tamil, I am the lord is a philosophical journey of Jagan, the protagonist. Author has conveyed a great philosophy with the support of a fictional background. Readers are enlightened with the history of different religions, without hurting the feelings of anyone. 

The book is a different spiritual, philosophical and intellectual experience. With a highly targeted audience, the story might not go well with those looking for an easy read. 

Jagan, who had to migrate to Australia during the 1983 riots , comes to India and explores the historical places. Never did he foresee that his unexpected landing in Sriperumbathoor at a wrong time will make his life topsy turvy. Getting converted from one religion  to other and shiting places and countries over and over again, Jagan realizes a great philosophy of life. What is the philosophy? Which religion does he end up following?
You should read I am the lord for the answers.


Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author


The author is a medical practitioner in Australia. He has published an anthology of poems, and two novels (enthaiyum naane - I am my father (2014), Angaharam (2015) in Tamil. In addition, he has published many short stories, poems, and articles in Tamil and English. This is the translation of his debut novel in English. Born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, the author has seen the ravages of the civil war in that country. He has lived and worked as a medical doctor in five countries in four continents. He has worked with or treated people from over 95 countries. Drawing from his unique life experiences, his writings reflect an international perspective.