My Book Review of A THOUSAND DREAMS WITHIN ME SOFTLY BURN
A deep and thoughtful work of literary fiction!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This story is a testament of love for the written word, and art in general. The writing of the protagonist, Siddharth regarding classical literature was well thought out and interesting to read. The formatting of the story – the way it was organized and presented – was unique and I think it added to the book overall.
I enjoyed the storyline as it highlighted the author’s commentary on classic novels while searching for the meaning of self and human connection. The personal letters included were actually poetic. Furthermore, they built on where you were in the story and gave more insight into the mind of the protagonist. I have to admit there was one letter in particular that was difficult for me to read because of its content (I won’t spoil anything for you, but I will say, it is toward the end of the novel). Also, I appreciated the inclusion of the character Phil because he lent another layer of thought and emotion to the tale.
I found this book to be thought-provoking. Not only did it make you evaluate literature and art, but it gave a unique perspective from the mind of a homosexual India man. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy stories containing writing styles that flourish with poetic imagery, LGBT romances, or soulful self-discovery!