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‘I Played A Game With Life‘ by Richardson Susairaj is the story of an ordinary guy named Sam, who is about to graduate from college & step out into the tough world, eager to follow his passion. The plot starts off with our dear protagonist waking up from a strange dream & finding out that he has been dumped by his girlfriend. Before he has even recovered from the shock of it, he meets the girl of his dreams. Romantic sparks fly & before he realises it, he is heads-over-heels in love with her. But Life has something else in store for him & everytime he feels everything’s going too well, Life seems to have a trick or two up its sleeve. Will Sam triumph over all this or will he submit to whatever awaits him?
The book has its moments, but you get the feeling that they are too good to last & unfortunately that’s what happens. The fact that Sam is someone like you & me should ideally make you root for him as the underdog, but that is not the case often coz he seems to switch to slacker mode when he isn’t wooing his girl, making him a bit annoying. A hurried & muddled climax doesn’t really help – it seems contrived & too many things are happening at the same time.
The writing is okay but could’ve been better. Also, there happen to be a few printing bloopers that aren’t exactly hard to miss. I wonder what the proof-readers & editors were doing, since I believe it’s their job to give a final, polished touch to the book. That is some extra effort that must be made if you’re to keep the reader from getting irked & I hope the same is rectified in the following edition.
Susairaj Richardson‘s debut novel ‘I Played A Game With Life‘ is recommended only for readers of Indian popular fiction.
Overall Rating: 5/10
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