Today I am going to review ‘Finding Arun’ by Marisha Pink.
Let’s have a look at the synopsis first.
If you live your whole life being who everybody else wants you to be, how do you know who you really are?
Nineteen-year-old Aaron Rutherford is already reeling from the loss of his mother, when the unexpected revelation of a dark secret from her past changes his world forever.
Forced to question everything that he has ever believed, should he simply follow the path that has been laid out for him, or will pursuing the truth help him to find what has always been missing?
As the tangled web of lies unfolds and uncertainty takes over, a startling chain of events are set in motion that will see Aaron make the journey of a lifetime to discover not only who he really is, but ultimately who he wants to be.
I have a habit of reading a book’s summary first just to know what to expect from it and I did the same with Finding Arun. The summary told me that the book was about “an unexpected dark secret” which convinced me that Arun’s mother was a CIA assassin or someone on the same badass lines. I was all set to read to a thriller but to my surprise, the story took an unexpected turn.
It turns out that Arun’s adopted mother had lied to him about his birth mother, who was not alive but regularly corresponded with her through the years! Arun, who is shell shocked, decides to leave for India to look for her and the story starts getting curiouser and curiouser.
I am not going to give the plot away by telling you whether Arun meets his mother nor not but I will tell you this that Arun decides to spend some more time in India.
The narrative of his experience of staying in an Indian village is beautiful. However, I did have one big problem. It seems that whoever Arun likes can speak English wonderfully, in this case a girl called Chandini who has studied in the village school. Now, whoever knows about the true state of education in India would realize that this is extremely far stretched. Also, Arun who is used to modern plumbing and bland British food has no problem adjusting in his new home in the village.
One of the interesting things about this book is that it has been divided in two parts; Aaron and Arun and you can really see his transformation. His journey of self discovery, coming closer to his siblings and falling in love are beautifully written. The book is a little long but it is never gets boring and it has a rich, descriptive narrative that will enrapture you. The end, though predictable, leaves you satisfied.
I think you should pick this book up on a leisurely weekend and savour it.
The book is a PR copy but this has not affected my review