Book Review #53: The Goat Thief

Name: The Goat Thief
Author: Perumal Murugan (Translated by N. Kalyan Raman)
No. of Pages: 240
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Juggernaut Books 
Price: Rs. 399/-
Published in: 2017
How did I get it? From the publisher.
Perumal Murugan’s stories are altogether of a different league. His style is absolutely unconventional and extremely imaginative. The translator, Mr. N. Kalyan Raman has also done an amazing job.
“The Goat Thief” is a collection of 10 short stories. The plots are ordinary, but the perspective from which they are written is extraordinary. Smallest of details are taken care of in the narrative.
Ordinary events like taking a swim and playing games in a well, having an antique chair at home, a young child crying for her plaything, a leaking toilet pipe, a young boy coming to stay at his granny’s place and a goat thief unable to carry out his theft are turned into beautiful stories.
I really enjoyed “The Well”,”Musical Chairs”, “The Nights the Owls Stopped Crying”, “”Mirror of Innocence” and “The Goat Thief”. In several of the stories I wanted to know what happens next.
I definitely want to read more of the author’s work now.
I give “The Goat Thief”


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