In Search of the Lambs and Other Stories | Book Review |
December 15, 2023
“In Search of the Lambs and Other Stories” is a collection of 10 short stories, each with an impressive title. Every story is full-fledged with emotional content and somewhat traumatic. I found the titles quite unique and felt uneasy about getting an idea of the story before reading it. These are as such:
A Long March Home
Out of the Ring
A City on Fire
Back to Darkness
The Curtain and the Clouds
In Search of the Lambs
Title and Cover
The title is interesting and is named after a story from the book. It is lovely to witness the reason why this title was chosen. The cover page is soothing and reflects the expressed love of the author for mountains. It is attractive, peaceful with a serene scenery.
Language & Narration
The author has a good command of the English language. Both his writing and academic background could be a major reason for his effective writing. With easy and suitable words, the author didn’t show off his language skills. Instead, he used an appropriate language that is easy to understand for a beginner as well.
Besides the language, the narration is also praiseworthy. The narration is smooth and goes with the flow. It is totally based on the demand of the story. The author didn’t hesitate to switch any part of the speech when required. In some stories, he used first person, in some he covered the story like a conversation. And in some, it seems to be a direct connection between the reader and the speaker. In short, the narration is up to the point.
The writing style of the author is apt. His writing style is more of like the personality of an introvert. “Talks More in Few Words”. It is as such the characters have a mutual understanding between them. For a reader like me who isn’t fond of short stories, the author didn’t fail to impress. I like the way the author has covered all the amusing tales in a short, crispy way.
“In the Search of the Lambs and Other Stories” is one such good book I read in 2023. In the beginning, I was afraid whether I would like it or not, as I am not a fan of short stories. But the involvement in the characters through their emotions, and engaging plot of the stories kept me hooked.
Dive Deep Into the Stories In one way or another, I like almost all the stories, but I don’t admire the story, “Dead River”, at all. Herein, the author cleverly took his space to a safer side, by not mentioning the name of the river. It could be debatable if he did so, as it gives a sense of hurting people’s faith.
As against the story, “The Pigeons” is my favorite of all. I picked some amazing words from this story which appreciate the solace of artists.
“I am an artist, and an artist must live alone, regardless of what others feel about it.”
– The Pigeons (In Search of the Lambs and Other Stories)
Finding this saying, I found the answer to all those who call artists Sociopaths. I would say, “they aren’t Sociopaths, they are just not directly involved in social activities”.
Keeping everything aside, I want to highlight the story, “Back to Darkness”. It left me baffled, and I was like how disgusting people could be. I said to myself, shit !!! This is how child abuse takes place. Loathful ! It was a bad dream for me.
Moreover, the story, “Midnight Murder” is filled with jealousy, hatred, lust and cryptic mindsets. It is surprising with a twisted ending. Whereas the story, “Separation Anxiety” seemed off board to me. Overall, a variety is served to the audience. Thus, the author made it convenient for every reader who loves different genres.
Some proverbs captured my attention which need special mention here:
“When you want victory, you think victory will make you happy. But this isn’t the case”.
“How strange! The things that calm your mind can also kill you”.
“Defeat doesn’t ruin you. It only makes you prepare for something better. But, victory! Victory, when it gets to your head, ruins everything”.