The book Heaven’s Above was sent across by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This book is a debut novel for the Author, Michael Anderson.One look at the author’s picture and many Indian movie buffs will be filled with a sense of déjà vu! This because Michael Anderson has been part of the Bollywood side-kicks for a very brief period of time.
The Black Enigma
The book cover of Heaven’s Above has been designed creatively, keeping in mind the place and the city around which the story revolves. If not observed keenly, one might miss out the black crow hovering above on the cover which plays a major part in the book.
This book can be termed a compendium of happenings in a Mumbai apartment by the name ‘Heaven’s Above’ and its mysterious link with a crow.It is interesting how many of the lives in the apartment is changed for good- by the crow. How and Why? Well, this forms the crux of the story.
The writer has dedicated each chapter to each of the flat numbers wherein the story is set. Every story brings with it a slice of Mumbai through the vivid descriptions of places, buildings, the housing societies and the people. It sort of brings out the loneliness, amusement, changing equations among people and complexities of living in a vibrant city like Mumbai. This gives the book a hint of a travelogue which is worth reading. The language used is simple, interspersed with Mumbai lingo.
My Take On Heaven’s Above
Firstly, I would have loved the book if only it had less number of chapters.After the 4th or 5th chapter, the narrative tone becomes monotonous and very much predictable.At this point, I started losing interest. I sort of just strolled through the pages after these chapters because the story was going nowhere!
Secondly, some of the descriptions in Heaven’s Above were a little cheesy. Also, every chapter ended with the crow being the matchmaker, the problem solver or the agency for a sea change in the characters.This becomes more or less predictable while one flicks through the chapters. As a reader, I wondered why the occupants always end up keeping the door or window open until the crow enters? Is it due to lack of prudence on the part of the characters or the need to introduce the crow somehow?
Lastly, I like to emphasize that I wish the ending of the book Heaven’s Above was as exciting as some of the stories in the book. Go for this book if you want to get a slice of Mumbai life or looking for a lighter read.
I give the book ‘Heavens Above’ a rating of 2.5 / 5 !
Title : Heaven’s Above
Author. : Michael Anderson
Publishers : Jaico Publishing House
Total Pages. : 279
You may want to read my other book reviews here: Book List