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Life can be brutal, and the cost of success is sometimes devastatingly high. These are lessons that Daisy, the main character and narrator of Vipin Behari Goyal’s book Burn Me Naked, learns even from early childhood. The book follows Daisy through her childhood and college years and into her marriage and career.
In truth, this is a story about a beautiful, self-confident girl who is inordinately successful. Early on, she learns to manipulate and control people and circumstances. Her world is divided into friends and enemies, and she has no compunctions about exacting revenge on those who have wronged her.
The author uses Daisy’s perception of the world to illustrate larger problems in society. Daisy’s world is cold and manipulative. She attracts followers and admirers, but her “friendships” do not pass from one phase of life to another. In the rare occasions when Daisy permits herself to feel something like real affection for someone, she too often finds herself abandoned, betrayed, and rejected. In such an environment, it becomes less strange that she resolves to use others before they can use her and to brutally punish any who cause her hurt. The author is teaching the readership about the necessity of compassion, lest the whole world decide that Daisy’s way makes more sense in human interactions.
I have two main criticisms of this book. In the first case, the mechanics of the book still need work. There are many grammatical errors and innumerable awkward phrasings that make it plain that the book was either translated or written by a non-native English speaker. There’s nothing wrong with regionalisms, of course, but in places the book becomes difficult to understand. My second criticism is strictly a matter of preference. Very little actually happens in the book. Overall, it strikes me as a more artistic work that shows off how Daisy’s mind affects her reality and visa-versa. While I can appreciate this type of work, unfortunately, I know few others who would.
I give this book two out of four stars. I enjoyed it, but especially since the style of the book limits its appeal to readership, I think it is very important that the author really strives for true excellence in order for the book to be something one could recommend widely. Cleaning up the mechanical errors would be a good start, but for a book of this style, excellence, in my opinion, demands a level of deep profundity that is very rare to discover, even harder to describe, and for many, nearly impossible to create.
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