Book Review – They Go To Sleep

Title – They Go To Sleep
Author - Saugata Chakraborty
Genre - Fiction
Publisher –Notion Press
ISBN - 978-1684663613

‘They Go To Sleep’ is a debut book by Saugata Chakraborty. It isn’t a novella or bulky novel but a collection of 12 short stories that will take your for a kaleidoscopic tour, as all stories are different and hugely differ from one another. Reading this, means, getting taste of a gamut of genres in one binding.

Honestly putting, as the stories are so different and vast in scope that you, as a reader, may be able to connect to some stories and some may go over your head. Reading this collection requires an eye of an expert – though it may leave you reeling with mixed emotions. The collection worked for me, as I myself feel that I am a complicated person. Love exploring different things in life, go for it anytime.
Each story is unique on its own. On one, the first story talks about a murder mystery with nuisance of criminology, P for Payback may intrigue you about the time in life, and the same may come true with the story, It’s About Time. Based on virtual reality or say how people get lost and get depressed due to internet chatting, is this masterpiece named The Short Lives of Shazia Sultana. You cannot make out which story is better over the others, as due to wide-ranging content and emotions attached with them.

Despite being varied in genres and themes, the collection sheds light on various themes like redemption, cyber future, sacrifice, longing, life of a prisoner, and so on. It would not be right to talk about all stories in one go, you rather pick up this brilliant collection and see yourself what’s best for you and what you can relate most.

Saugata Chakraborty is a promising writer, and there seem all chances that he may come up with a full-fledged novel about the surroundings he bred in this collection. In the end, I would like to say that the stories built around banking system and bankers were superb, as the author himself hailed from the same background. City life and hustle-bustle of cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, and others have been captured well.

The book is available on Amazon.