Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Reading: Exposure by Sayed Kashua

On the jacket:

In Jerusalem, two Arabs are on the hunt for the same identity. The first is a wealthy lawyer with a thriving practice, a large house, a Mercedes and a beautiful family. With a sophisticated image to uphold, he decides one evening to buy a second-hand Tolstoy novel recommended by his wife - but inside it he finds a love letter, in Arabic, undeniably in her handwriting. Consumed with jealous rage, the lawyer vows to take his revenge on the book's previous owner.
Elsewhere in the city, a young social worker is struggling to make ends meet. In desperation he takes an unenviable job as the night-time carer of a comatose young Jew. Over the long, dark nights that follow, he pieces together the story of his enigmatic patient, and finds that the barriers that ought to separate their lives are more permeable than he could ever have imagined.
As they venture further into deception, dredging up secrets and ghosts both real and imagined, the lawyer and the carer uncover the dangerous complexities of identity - as their lies bring them ever closer together.


Exposure is one of the finest books I have read. The blurb had me curious about the story and once I began reading the book, I was hooked. Moving from a page to another was quick, because I couldn't wait to know what happens next.

A story dealing with parallel lives, not one minute was when I felt the story was stagnant. Kashua is a brilliant story teller and human mind, behaviour and reactions have been very articulately spun in this story.

Palestinian Israeli novelist Kashua had written Exposed in Hebrew, which was later translated to English. A plot about two individuals, with two individual stories, which in the end, cross path and become one story. It's difficult to talk about the plot as such, because, it cannot be summarized in one or two lines. The experience of reading this book, was thrilling. Though the climax isn't very strong, it does hold the plot together.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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