The Woman Who Saw the Future, as the title suggests, is the story of a woman who saw the future or it would be better to say that she dreamt of the future. Sapna, like her name is who she is because of her dreams. From a frail teenager from a middle class home, this book tells the story of how Sapna became the more powerful woman in history.
The narration is taut and the plot is interesting. The characterization is kept very real. I dislike when people have the habit of repeating a phrase over and over in their communication – like how people fill the spaces in their sentences with ‘like’ or ‘you know’ or even ‘Lord knows’. The fact that the characters have a flaw is what keeps them real and the dialogues do seem to work.
This story deals with a different topic and comes as a breath of fresh air in the midst of the various romances and thrillers we normally come across. It talks about what happens to people when they are bestowed with immense power and a heavy sense of responsibility – how their lives change and how these changes impact the lives of those surrounding the protagonist.
The narrative begins where Sapna’s son coaxes his grandmother to talk about her once famous, but now dead daughter Sapna. Each chapter is narrated by a different character and the voices as well as the point of views change as the reader ploughs through. Layer by layer, Sapna’s story is dissevered and her personality analyzed.
Over all, this book is an interesting and quick read where you can lose yourself in the imagination of the author as well as stand in awe of the amount of research he has done to perfectly time the story.
Read my review of False Ceilings here.
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