A Language of Lies by Saugata Chakraborty - Not Just a Book About Theft

 Con movies and stories have never failed to entice the audience and readers. Right from 'Catch Me If You Can', to any latest movie or book about theft, the readers have been lenient in supporting the author or creators behind the same. This pretty much explains why Money Heist has been a rage in the past couple of years. Because we love to see smart protagonists who can bring the authorities on their knees.  Hence, when Sean Brignac comes to the picture as Prince Khalid, fooling practically everyone the readers want to adore his agility and smartness. Thus A Language of Lies by Saugata Chakraborty brings to the readers an anti-hero to adore.

A Language of Lies

The noble beginning 

Sean's childhood as Antonio briefly helps the plot take off.  The complications in the families that seeped into sean's life like a cascade of changes, be it the demise of parents or separation of adopted parents or even being disowned in his teenage, Sean is a troubled child. The back story that crafts Sean's character is a strong one but it was not given much space to develop. A few incidents to depict the relationship between Sean and his parents and their life before their demise could have connected the audience with Sean better.

The con-man in the making

Sean's interest in cars and bikes and how he pursued the passion is what drives the plot forward. It is interesting to see how the author has led the plot in the reverse order and pulled of an interesting array of incidents. The author has deftly presented the scenario for the readers to engage in. 


The characters testify for the author

The characters of A Language of Lies are crafted in such a way that the plot is pushed forward by the character notwithstanding the fact that the development space has not been allotted for them. The same is a testimony of the author's finesse as the readers are gripped with the suspense. The narration is meant for the readers of all strata. That said, the fact that the author has outdone the commercial Indian English writers is undeniable. Unlike the books and movies about the theft that we have come across, the author has made sure not to squeeze undue lovemaking and fight sequences in the book. The scenarios whatsoever are in sink with the plot.

The inconsistent grip

While the book calls for an unputdownable read, the author was intermittently losing the grip on the plot. This could have been avoided with a round of developmental edits. However, the fitness in the craft negates the inconsistencies to a great extent. A Language of Lies is the same everywhere, and the author has translated this with ease

Comments

  1. I had recently watched a con series on Netflix first time and loved the whole experience. the plot of this book sounds really interesting to me. will surly check out this. thank dear for sharing your honest review.

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  2. One thing I can always bank upon is the honesty in your approach to review any title. This one is brilliantly crafted and brings out the strengths and weaknesses in the narration well. Thank you.

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  3. Brilliant review.Negative is what has a major impact on our minds and it lingers long too.The book sounds really interesting.Will try to get it

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  4. We can call an author creative and multi-dimensional when he/she manages to deliver one after another plot with so much finesses and authority. The word Con-man itself is gearing up the interest in me to know what next and what's the destiny of Sean going to be. As I am well accustomed with the writing style of author Saugata I can very well make an idea as this book will also be a success like the previous ones. Thanks Rakhi for this wonderful review and for giving a kick to the reader in me to pick this book. Will read soon

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  5. I am a big fan of Ocean movie series, and I am getting a same vibe from this. It will be a tough task for a writer to create a strong and appealing anti-hero, but what could be better when the hard work of the author appreciated by the readers. I am more tempt to read this book now.

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  6. This going to be a very different kind of read for me. Money heist and thr logic di it's really overwhelming now a days...and u said aptly on this concept...moving to the fact di it will be a grt help for all of us where you mentioned on the inconsistent grip portion....the review is amazing and also attractive ☺️❤️

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  7. I liked the honestly of your review and the way you have articulated the exact offering of the book and expectation setting

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  8. Love the candid review, where you have given the flaws of the book as well as its merits. The plot sounds interesting and the book seems worth a read, definitely.

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  9. Dee your reviews always inspire me to write honest reviews too.
    Glad that you hadn't kept any partiality with any part of the book.

    Yet I would love to read it by myself and see what comes out as my overview of this book.
    Till then keep inspiring and recommending book

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  10. Love the way you reviewed the book and you really express the honesty about the novel.The plot seems really interesting and seems worth a read.Thanks for the recommondation

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  11. A very well written review. I have read the previous book by this author and loved it. From your review it is clear that this too has an interesting plot . I'm reading this next ... thank you so much for sharing...

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  12. I haven't read any book written y this author but this book's plot seems interesting. Not sure if it is the plot or your narration style. Whatever it is, I may give it a read.

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  13. You said it right in the beginning, con stories are all the rage and this book is testament to that. I found the storyline interesting. Good review.

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  14. Thanks for an honest review. I usually like a fast paced book that is gripping. While you mentioned the pace wanes in between, I will check out the book.

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  15. The book seems to be interesting and the unique plot makes it even for intriguing. Would love to grab my copy. Thanks for such an honest review.

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  16. I always enjoy your book reviews. This is a really great book to read this time . I like the author's creativity.

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  17. Antiheroes are suddenly the flavour of the town. Going by your review, I should definitely order my copy of A Language of Lies by Saugata Chakraborty.

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  18. The love for con movies is one of the most common interest of movie buffs. I love the plot and id love to give the book a read given that you have already shared an honest review
    - Sindhu

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  19. I am so glad you evaluated both pros and cons of the book, I surely will pick it up at the soonest.

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  20. I am so glad that you have shared the honest review by writing about both side of the coins pros and cons. Will check this book as it looks intresting to me!!

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  21. The plot and the title of A Language of Lies seem really interesting. I like reading books on such plots that have the con-sketching kind of story. I will try to grab the book when I can. And thank you for your honest review.

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  22. Love how you have shared your honest review for this book without any bias in it and given your fair judgement about it.

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  23. It's good to see the review. You have covered the merits as well demerits also about this book. I will make sure to give it a read

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  24. I liked your detailed review of it. kindly share the book link too.

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  25. Seems like an interesting read though I am very picky with my books. The plot inconsistencies pointed out by you, will probably put me off, so I'll avoid!
    Noor Anand Chawla

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  26. The plot seems to be an interesting read. Though I am quite picky when it comes to books. But loved your review it's beautifully crafted.

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  27. I like the book when characters speak louder and the plot gets intriguing. I shall add this book in my TBR list.

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  28. This sounds like an very interesting read going by your review. I like books with intriguing plot. Might pick this up soon.

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  29. I like the way you have reviewed this book. It's indeed an interesting read and I will try n pick this one soon.

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  30. Yet another powerful review by you Rakhi. I feel so connected after reading your reviews to a book and it helps me always in deciding whether I want to pick up certain book or not. This one seems quite interesting and honest to me.

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  31. Loved reading your crisp and to the point review giving out just the necessary details and yet keeping it interesting. The book sounds interesting though I am not a big fan of con movies or stories.

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