Sunday, 2 April 2017

Book Review: Looped by Munmun Singh Nagpal

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Looped - Book Cover


Book Name: Looped

Authoress: Munmun Singh Nagpal

Publisher: Become Shakespeare.com

Price: Rs. 150
 
Blurb:
Toby Sezoe, the newly appointed time traveler finds himself falling in love with a woman. The only problem is that the woman lived on the same spot centuries ago. Luckily enough, the woman can't see him when he travels back in time to her because he is only present there as waveform, but he doesn't know what the future (or past), has in store for him. Assisted by the man who built the time machine himself, for reasons unknown to any one person, will he be able to bridge this gap of time between the past and present? The tale of a true enthusiast, a hardcore romantic and a loyal fan. An uncanny description of the future. An enthralling epilogue, binding all the elements together and introducing the idea that we are all characters of the same play, puppets bound by the same thread. A fascinating turn of events, reinforcing the laws of time but defying the concept of time as a whole.

Review:
Looped is the kind of book that will keep you hooked on to it until the very end. It is the kind of book that will surprise you at every page you read. A book that will give you goosebumps towards the end.

Coming to the story, it is about time travel. As a child, I was always fascinated with time travel. Reading something related to time travel was satisfying that childhood obsession for me. Looped is the story of Toby who falls in love with a lady on one of his travel expedition. It's a story of Thatooton who isn't finding his call in the kind of work he does. He doesn't find his work exciting enough. It's the story of Foenze who wants to know why his parents abandoned him. The stories of all these characters are interconnected and hence, the title 'Looped'. Is it because they work at the same place? Does Toby confess his love to the lady? Why is there a cat on the cover of the book? You'll have to read the novel to find it out.

The story has been narrated in first person narrative. Toby, the protagonist is the narrator. The authoress has sewed the story perfectly well and it is the narration which engages you right from page 1. Toby and Lisa's thoughts, Thatooton and his playful behaviour and Foenze's to-the-point dialogues are worth appreciating. The pace of the story is slow. The incidents have been thoughtfully placed. At times, you will wonder whether you are watching some movie. I have heard many readers tell me that the book created some effects on them and made them think about it over a period of time. I can very well say that Looped did the same to me.

I rate:
Cover: 3.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Story: 4.5/5

My overall rating for 'Looped' is 4.5/5 stars.

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2 comments:

  1. Blurb is very intriguing. Though the concept of time travel is not new, but still author seems to have introduced many new concepts in this old concept of time travel. I will surely give it a try.
    Very nice review Divya ma'am.

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    1. Thank you, Tushar.
      Do buy your copy from Amazon. :)

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