The Sacrifice: Short Stories: Volume I by Indrajit Garai
Published by Indrajit Garai on August 25, 2016
Genre(s): fiction, contemporary
Format & Pages: e-book, 218
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In this collection, meet:
Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Matthew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.
The Sacrifice is a collection of three short stories: The Move; The Listener; and The Sacrifice. Each story can easily be read in one sitting (as can the entire book), and they work in complement to one another.
“I reach home, but I don’t feel at home.”
These thought-provoking and emotionally laden stories all explore similar themes of love, family, duty, home, and (obviously) sacrifice. In these themes and underlying ideas there are a lot of parallels between the stories, but the details of each allowed for them to be explored in slightly different ways. My personal favorite was the title story, as it was the one I was able to relate to the most and, I believe, is the most universal of the three.
As far as the writing itself, I did notice some language issues, but from what I gather, English is not Garai’s first language so I gave it a bit of leeway and in the end, it wasn’t enough to completely detract from the stories. Other than that, the writing was clear and concise, and just descriptive enough without being flowery. Each plot did have areas in which I still had questions, though, whether it was something from a backstory that wasn’t fully explained or story lines that weren’t followed through on. A bit of editing and tightening up in these areas would have made these stories even more impactful.
“Literature is supposed to lift the mind.”
Ultimately, I enjoyed reading these stories that tugged at my heartstrings (and my tear ducts!) to great effect, and I’m curious to see what the author does in volume 2.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.