Suraj Laxminarayanan’s debut novel Elephants in the Room has been released to readers in October 2018. Since the launch and nationwide release, the crime thriller title has been in the table-talks, in the buzz and in the zone of the book lovers, critics and also, the authors. The most-talked things about the book are many but what I think to be impetus is its characters as well as the compulsive narrative.
Suraj Laxminarayanan may be a debut novelist but his handling of this complex novel has been so far so good. Yes, there are the points he needs to work extensively. However, it does not take away the appreciation that he deserves. His characters might reflect metaphorical ideas to many and local aspects to many. Whatever be the case, characters in Elephants in the Room should be scrutinised and remembered. They think a lot, and author lets us know inch and bits of their thoughts. This is what makes the narrative complex and dense.
The Plot of the novel is not very lucrative or ordinary. It is somewhere hanging balanced but could be better with major and minor inclusions and exclusions. Some random instances might look just brilliant to the readers and at the same time, there are some points in the novel which look over-done or under-done. The retrospective parts and the far-fetched parts reflect promising aesthetic and they look perfectly cinematic. The apparent scenario inside the bank where gang war and occasional robbery take place looks ordinary at times and dramatic at other instances. The idea of collapse is well-thought and simply-managed. The idea could have seen a better execution; whatever has been made, nevertheless, is very much enough for novelist and novel to attract readership and appreciation.
I have finished this novel in three days (excluding the time that we require for our immortal routines) and let me tell you that this happened only when I was into it badly. The novel’s length might certainly be an issue with some of the readers who want to enjoy reading books on the weekends or random holidays. Reading Chetan’s books might be an easy task; reading Suraj’s debut book is certainly a painstaking job for the casual teenage readers who want to enjoy fiction rather than reading it for reading pleasure and understanding a novel… the novel has 600 pages and it’s voluminous in all possible ways according to today’s norms!
Elephants in the Room is an ideal novel for patient and experienced readers. Those who want to start reading serious fiction can certainly read it. With ups and downs, the debut has been good for Suraj!