2 out of 4 stars
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The Lost Necklace, by Kuljit Mann, is a collection of different short stories, revolving around family ties, marriage, divorce, friendship, depression, lust, domestic abuse, traditions and so on. Consisting of eight chapters and 159 pages, in a philosophical way, it examines its characters' views on life values and why they do what they do. The last story, "The Lost Necklace," where the book got its title, explores the theme of "gender complexes."
I like the way the book unveils many thought-provoking views on priorities and individual happiness. Another of the stories titled "Divorce Party" reveals its characters' perspectives on marriage and divorce, some are in support while some are not, giving their solid reasons. What I like most about the book is that the author shows and does not just tell his stories. With conversations, he expresses his characters' thoughts, values, and the themes of the stories. Each chapter has a beautifully-written heading and a drawing of a necklace before it. I commend the author for providing brief and enough details about the characters, which make them relatable.
However, this publication has a lot to be improved on. The stories have weak plots. There are few happenings, and the author did not include intriguing events. Hence, there are no drama and suspense, only more of conversations. Though I appreciate the author showing and not telling his stories, there should be a good balance between narrative and dialogue. Also, while the stories are short, the descriptions of the settings are somewhat poor. Therefore, I couldn't really picture the characters in their various surroundings.
Furthermore, the book has a lot of awkward sentences, which hinder its flow. It seems like the text was translated from another language into English. It comprises sentences like "Yes, suggest me..." and "Just kidding, I am listening about your cousin." I had to reread most of the sentences to grasp them. Moreover, there are several grammar errors and typos, involving missing words and punctuation errors. The book needs to be professionally edited. Readers who don't like books with the aforementioned flaws may not want to read it. In addition, I suggest that the author should include a table of contents.
In conclusion, I rate The Lost Necklace 2 out of 4 stars. I didn't rate it lower because it highlights some family issues and will make readers understand why some people act in certain ways, regarding the matters stated in the summary above. Besides, I couldn't rate it higher because of the weak plots and the various grammatical errors in it. I recommend it to readers who like books about family ties and issues.
The Lost Necklace
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