Sunday, 15 November 2015

Book Review- The Last Surge By Pramit Sarkar

Book Name: The Last Surge

Author: Pramit Sarkar

Publisher:  Gargi Publisher

Price: Rs. 175


“…the day we face each other, she will be sorry; sorry for rendering me emotionally impotent. And that will be my victory.”

Their blazing courtship was nearing marriage, before fate played its vicious card. Rimi dumped Gabriel and married the choice of her family but Gabriel decided to remain single.

Why did Rimi take such a drastic decision? How did Gabriel keep up his singlehood? Did they meet gain or did fate succeed in keeping them apart? How does Sneha fit in to the picture?

Crafted with the characteristic flavours of Bengal, THE LAST SURGE brings you the tale of an ace football player turned relationship counsellor and what made this protagonist a great brother, a greater father and even a greater romantic.

My take:

Gabriel and Rimi meet each other in a most unusual manner. The thing that starts with an urge for revenge ends up in love. Gabriel is Catholic and Rimi, a Hindu. Does love see religion? No! It doesn’t. Gabriel and Rimi dream about their future.

Meanwhile, Rimi’s guardians fix up her marriage with a boy from their community. Rimi reveals about her relationship to her family who take the entire situation negatively. Death of her uncle adds more to the emotional drama. Rimi gives in to her family’s decision and breaks all contacts with Gabriel.

Gabriel abandons everything that reminds him of Rimi. He finds solace in serving in an orphanage. He takes to relationship counselling as his profession and during all this chaos, Sneha happens to him.

Does Gabriel move on? Who is Sneha and how is she related to Gabriel? Do Rimi and Gabriel cross each other’s path in future? What do they say to each other?

Pramit Sarkar has amazed me with his story in Innocence Lost Anthology and so has his debut novel – The Last Surge.

The Last Surge is not just one story- many stories are woven together and made in to one. The narration is next to perfect. The development of each character has been thoughtfully done. The story exhibits a kind of maturity and lovable innocence which touches your heart.

If I was to sum up ‘The Last Surge’, I would say
“The Last Surge is a story of relationships- relationship between lovers, relationship between father and daughter and relationship between a counsellor and patient. It teaches you the true meaning of love and sacrifice.”

  • The use of Bengali words.
  • Gabriel Hopkins- as a person.

I rate:

Cover: 3/5

Story: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

My overall rating for The Last Surge is 4/5.

I would recommend this book to everyone. It’s worth a read! Book your copies here!

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