Blogchatter EBook Carnival 2021 has some fabulous e-books for readers. I’ll be reviewing as many of them as I can. Here’s one of my favorite e-books to be published this year – Xanadu by Harshita Nanda.
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My Review of Xanadu
Xanadu’s superb, edge-of-the-seat storytelling and empathetic portrayal of relationships, longing, and belonging proves that Harshita is a master of the craft.
I had read the story in bits and pieces when she was posting it as part of Blogchatter A2Z Challenge and each chapter ends such that it leaves you wanting more. I was always left with numerous thoughts and questions after each day. I lived through the lives of the characters, especially Anita and Bhoomi.
A strong theme of belongingness runs through the story. Every body is looking for a corner or a person to call their own — whether they find it or not is for you to discover. Each character is molded by life’s trials and tribulations. Their decisions carve out the path their future will take.
Xanadu is riveting, sensitive, and beautifully told — Harshita knows how to grab the reader’s attention and keep it firmly there. The plot feels both fast-paced and languid at the same time. What I mean is that plenty of things are happening in the story, yet the author has somehow managed to devote enough space and attention to each character and setting.
My favorite character is Anita. Her steadfastness and quiet resilience in the middle of loneliness, neglect, and poverty is inspiring. That she did not harbor any bitter thoughts towards those who wronged her is a clear sign of her excellent character and large heart. The harsh hand that Fate dealt her made me cry a little. How many of us can face adversity for decades and yet retain the core of our being–the purity of our soul that makes us “us?”
Xanadu is short enough to complete in one sitting, but it will leave you with enough food for thought to last you for days. It’s a beautiful story about relationships, love and longing, heartbreak and loss, and returning to one’s roots.