Book reviews

Book review: The Black Dwarves of Good Little Bay by Varun Mathews.

Title- The Black Dwarves of Good Little Bay
Author- Varun Mathews
Publisher- Hachette India
Format- Paperback
Pages- 336
Genre- Dystopian fiction
Publication date- 31 July 2019

Ratings- 5/5

Book blurb:

There is a city on the western shores of India where it no longer rains . . .

The sea has invaded its boundaries and its inhabitants reside in a towering structure called the Bombadrome, which hovers above the barren land. Theirs is an artificially equated society; they lead technologically directed lives; they have no memory of the past. They don’t remember that this place was once called Bom Bahia, or Bombay, or Mumbai.

Except for one man, the last civil servant of the India of old, a witness to the time when it all fell apart, now bitter, filled with regret and thought to be mad. For decades he has remained silent, but now a moment has come – which comes but rarely in history – that prompts him into a final act of service: To remind people of what happened all those years ago, of the events that unmade the city, then the nation, and finally their lives . . .

Sharp, layered and scathing, The Black Dwarves of the Good Little Bay will grab you by the scruff of your neck and force you to listen. Because the sins of the past can never be fully hidden. Because the end can never justify the means.

Book review:

“𝓣𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓬𝓲𝓽𝔂 𝓲𝓼 𝓬𝓪𝓵𝓵𝓮𝓭 𝓑𝓸𝓶 𝓑𝓪𝓱𝓲𝔂𝓪. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓰𝓸𝓸𝓭 𝓵𝓲𝓽𝓽𝓵𝓮 𝓫𝓪𝔂. 𝓘𝓽 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓪𝓵𝔀𝓪𝔂𝓼 𝓼𝓾𝓻𝓿𝓲𝓿𝓮𝓭, 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓲𝓽 𝔀𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓼𝓾𝓻𝓿𝓲𝓿𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓽𝓸𝓸.”

A towering structure “Bombadrone” in 2041 floating above a barren land was once called Bombay and holds scornful history. The whole city operates under an artificial and technology-driven society. No single soul living there has a memory of past except the last civil servant named Convent Godse (CG) known to be mad and the only person alive who has witnessed the exploitation and malignity that has changed the course of Bombay by a troop called “The Black Dwarves”. After being reticent for years CG finally decides to remind the people of ancient Bombay.

Actions conferred in present serves the future and this book peeps into the world that future may hold. Perceptive, intence and pretty much trenchant. A world set in dystopia “The Black Dwarves of Good Little Bay” will hold your conscious throughout the read and compel you to heed its words.

𝓣𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮 𝔀𝓪𝓼 𝓸𝓷𝓬𝓮 𝓪𝓷 𝓲𝓭𝓮𝓪 𝓸𝓯 𝓘𝓷𝓭𝓲𝓪, 𝓪 𝓫𝓮𝓪𝓾𝓽𝓲𝓯𝓾𝓵 𝓭𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓶, 𝓷𝓮𝓿𝓮𝓻 𝓮𝓷𝓬𝓸𝓾𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓮𝓭 𝓫𝓮𝓯𝓸𝓻𝓮 𝓲𝓷 𝓱𝓲𝓼𝓽𝓸𝓻𝔂, 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮, 𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓵𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓱𝓪𝓭 𝓽𝓻𝓮𝓼𝓾𝓻𝓮𝓼 𝓽𝓸 𝓸𝓾𝓽𝓵𝓪𝓼𝓽 𝓶𝓲𝓵𝓵𝓮𝓷𝓷𝓲𝓪 𝓸𝓯 𝓹𝓾𝓷𝓭𝓮𝓻, 𝔀𝓸𝓾𝓵𝓭 𝓶𝓪𝓷𝓴𝓲𝓷𝓭 𝓬𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓽𝓮 𝓪 𝓷𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝓼𝓸 𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓸𝓷𝓰 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓶𝓪𝓰𝓷𝓲𝓯𝓲𝓬𝓮𝓷𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓪𝓵𝓵 𝓶𝓮𝓷 𝓵𝓪𝔂 𝓬𝓵𝓪𝓲𝓶 𝓲𝓽𝓼 𝓬𝓲𝓽𝓲𝔃𝓮𝓷𝓼𝓱𝓲𝓹.

I was totally amused by the concept of the book. Dystopia is one such genre that has always fascinated me but I haven’t read much of Indian-dystopia and this read was much of a rollercoaster ride for me. Varun Mathews has done a tremendous job by bringing this debut into existence and I just can’t recommend it enough.

Thanks to @hachette_india for the #gifted copy.🌻

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