Title: CUT: The Death and Life of a Theatre Activist
Author: Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Publishing Date: 10th January 2019
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Honestly, while reading the few initial pages of the book, I assumed it as a sensuous sort of book and I might end up disliking it. But as the book progresses further, I was totally absorbed in it.
CUT is an intense and powerful book narrating the life of a theatre activist. It is completely addictive and brilliant. The plot is so explicitly written that one could experience watching the whole play through this book. The portrayal of every character, their connection to each other stories, and the multiple narratives were all just superlative. My personal favourite character was indisputably was Sarla Kulasheshtra, wife of the protagonist. Her character, though complex seemed so real and effortless. Besides, writing is flawless.
My admiration for the book started from the section, ‘Act Two: Blind Side’ and it remained so till the end of the next section, ‘Act Three: CUT’. The book is a posthumous look into the life of the protagonist, Amitabh Kulasheshtra, an ingenious theatre artist and director. His persona was recounted from the view of different people around him. During their narratives, excerpts or bits from Amitabh’s book, of his poverty-stricken childhood, his passion for theatre and his regretful personal life was absolutely consuming.
I totally loved reading it and I’m sure you won’t regret having it. Definitely recommended and especially to readers who would love to explore the lives behind the theatre.
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