He shapes and breaks the characters in our mind. And he himself comes to us as a dichotomy personified - a constant flux between the outside him and the thoughts in his mind. At no point are we readers allowed to believe in one set reality. Look at this:.
Or were they? Maybe I just thought they were my places. Charlie slips from between our fingers like sand on a closing fist, even though he is the narratorial voice throughout. For this reason, he as well as the characters brought to us through him remain like impressionist caricatures created by Charlie, for us. Tharun has managed a post-modernist literary technique rarely found in first time writers. And what helplessness I feel as my fingers itch to type a deconstruction of Charlie but do not, for another word may mean the curtain falling down.
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The book propels you forward with the beauty of its language. How language used a certain way makes art out of the most mundane. Some favourite bits:. I actually felt the thought … transform into a mechanical force. It made me miss Paloma. And surreal descriptions of drugs and getting drugged, those scenes which border on their celebration. A wrong message? No, not at all.
What smack means to these rudderless characters looking for a bearing? Smack was sympathy, empathy…the only thing that was real in an unreal plastic world. Smack gave meaning to a meaningless existence, and questioned it. Only at some points, Tharun uses his knowledge of music albums to such an extent that scenes of significant importance sound nothing more than dum-de-da-de-dum to my musically semi-literate ears.
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You can only wish you had heard it all in the 90s, and move on. But you smile. I finished the book and started turning the pages frantically. I think I knew now places where Tharun spoke to his readers. I found places of writing about writing meta-writing where the author was talking to me, hinting ever so lightly towards what the Epilogue will tell me.
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As a writer, this appealed to me beyond measure. Post-Epilogue, we realize Tharun has managed exactly this with us. I clear my throat now. And stop. I am swimming in spoiler waters now. Read it for nothing but to get drugged into reading more, thanks to the language that describes so beautifully beauty, ugly truths and deathly sadness alike. All, from the reality that surrounds so many of us from the younger lot. And for those who not just enjoy the use of language but also aspire to understand and reproduce the craft behind writing a novel, this is it. Deserving of an evolved reader, ' Cough Syrup Surrealism ' is not just another novel to be rated, but a piece of Literature written by a literary genius.
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