I don’t think the book requires a detailed review. Satyajit Ray remains a legend of Indian cinema, and the very thought of reading the stories that inspired him, that in turn, resulted in his magnificent body of work is excuse enough to immerse yourself into this beautiful collection.
However, there is a lot more to these classic stories than just Satyajit Ray’s name in the title of the book and the fact that he adapted them into films.
The compilation features prominent Indian authors like Rabindranath Tagore, Munshi Premchand, Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, and Satyajit Ray himself, amongst others. As a result, 14 Stories is a treasure that should be cherished by all as it sheds much-needed light on classic Indian literature.
Credit also goes to Bhaskar Chattopadhyay for editing and translating the stories and presenting them in a simplistic form. He makes the transition from one short story to another smooth, even though the emotions covered are diverse; from death in Deliverance and longing in The Music Room to love in The Conclusion and comedy in Birinchi Baba.
14 Stories that Inspired Satyajit Ray complements the work of the great director. Those who have seen his films will admire his genius in taking these stories, making them his own and presenting them as cinematic gems.
However, this should not deter non-cinephiles as the stories stand their own ground; why else would Satyajit Ray get inspired into making films from them?
14 Stories that Inspired Satyajit Ray works for all types of readers. It is an excellent collection of short stories that make for a quick and easy read. The book is also a reminder that Indian literature has had some exceptional storytellers who should be celebrated at every occasion possible. Lastly, motion picture enthusiasts will appreciate the stories from a cinematic point of view.
Book Name: 14 Stories That Inspired Satyajit Ray
Editor: – Bhaskar Chattopadhyay
Publisher: Harper Collins
Book Type: Paperback