Review – The Red Sparrow by Mohammed Hanif

Author- Mohammed Hanif

Publisher- Bloomsbury

Genre- General fiction

Pages- 304

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I remember role of plane crashes in two of my favourite movies, #Castaway and #Wonderwoman.

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This book also starts with a plane crash landing American soldier Ellie deep into the desert. He survives desert to reach refugee camp and an abandoned army hanger. There he meets momo ( a teen), mutt ( a dog), old couple and a researcher.
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Story is funny, entertaining, witty, makes you giggle frequently and is narrated by different characters in each chapter ( that can be confusing).

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Writing style is very interesting and metaphors on war and human behaviour are work of pure genius.

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Each chapter has a different character narrating the events with funny interpretation of situations. Even the dog provides a philosophical commentry.
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Story starts to lag just after its first half and narations by mother and researcher are not as good as by Ellie, dog and Momo.
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Author depicts irony of an imposed war, life of refugees, brutality of desert, painful life of a mother and deep longing of an elder brother for his lost brother.
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Story revolves around humans longing to get back their loved ones from the hands of destiny.

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Dont get confused with cover; it is not some book of philosophy but entertaining novel.
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What does red birds mean, that you have to read in the book and find out.

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Climax could have been more realistic I wish, but book wins heart in first half only.

Definitely you should read it if you want to read entertaining short novella with totally different setting and feel.

My rating 4/5

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#netgalley#bloomsburypublishing#theredbirds#mohsinhamid#books2018#bookreview#currentread

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I got ebook from Netgalley for an honest review.

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