Book Review - The Soft Target by Kalyan Nanda

Here I am today with the review of a really interesting book. Already from the cover I was very intrigued. The novel in question is titled The Soft Target by Kalyan Nanda.

Do you have a moment, God? The search for dialogue with the Absolute has always questioned the human heart. There is the urgency of a relationship, an urgency common to many. Composed of multiple levels of reading, the novel uses irony to highlight all the ills of the world and to denounce the role of men in its destruction.

Book Review - The Soft Target by Kalyan Nanda
The absolute protagonist is Mohan Mishra who suffers a rare mental illness and is destined to abandon all aspirations. As a child, the boy was despised by everyone, but becoming a great student who could get the right recognition and respect from his parents, but that road closes as his parents passes away and then again his wife.

This novel is a male story that has as its protagonist a man who fights for himself and for all that he has lost. A man who starts from scratch and who fights against survival, through a series of obstacles that will not allow him to take giant steps but to suffer and have to earn even the smallest step forward.

A struggle that, at the end of a journey full of twists and turns, will be the very foundation of human nature. We are torn apart, forever and ever, by the desire to find a balance between our dark side and a conscience that pushes you to want to do the right thing.

Yet from the beginning it is clear that we have before us an out of the ordinary character. Everything is complex and debatable in an era that is described to perfection by the author and leads us to eavesdrop and spy within a context that is slowly destroying.

The social aspect is the pride of the novel as there is a continuous alternation of criticisms, and whispers that revolve around the choices of Mohan. And this is why the man decides to roll up his sleeves and do everything by himself. He fills his life with solitary euphony, chained, repeated and insistent notes.

Much of the narrative is based on this aspect, which becomes an integral part of the whole story, a true character, with its strengths and weaknesses. The dual morality present in this period manifests itself in all its sadness, corruption and cowardice.

On the one hand, people are all fearful of God, modest, ready to pray and to join hands in sign of respect and tolerance. On the other hand, however, everyone is ready to point, criticize, put the sticks in the wheels and destroy you if you do not act as they say.

Many are the characters that appear on the scene but none of them can be defined as good or bad. What the author tells us is a great story. The Soft Target is a full and intense novel, which speaks of desires, shocks and breaking points with the ability to excite in its simplicity of words made to speak directly to each of us.

In the fluency of the text, there is no lack of profound traits. The text certainly shows the spiritual stature of the author. It is certainly a recommended text, especially in current times, where great confusion and disbelief reigns.

For the rest, the style is very fluid and linear, words used are researched without making the reading heavy or demanding. The descriptions are not overly detailed, but not even inexistent, with the right mix that allows a good imagination of events without making you want to skip entire paragraphs to take action.

The beginning seemed a bit too rich in characters and jumps from one side to the other, but soon you can become familiar with the world, really well structured with the various characters.

The narrative is a journey made of words and omniscient looks that allow the reader to enter completely into the story. The style is fluid, full-bodied, but also synthetic, never disturbing, between the past and the present.

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