This 2012 fiction book by Michael Palen succeeded in uplifting my spirits. Repeated failures, exasperations , absurdities and frustrations of life bring us disappointments , breed and strengthen our cynicism, sometimes make us feel that all those grand plans full of good ideals and pious intentions are just grand pretences , and finally may turn out to be delusions .Despite all this , as this story tells us , we can act in ways that are uplifting .This book left me on a real high.
In real life , we meet some good people , and a larger number who are not good.But to search for perfect , flawless persons is likely to result in a delusion .That is The Truth , which Michael Palin tells us in this very interesting and thrilling book .It is just a coincidence that at present stage , I am working in the field of environment and forests in India , and I recently visited London/UK in connection with study of wildlife.This book is set in London and in India and deals with environmental issues, along with power plays , manipulations , cost of development ,exploitation of natural resources,uprooting of local tribal population , militant extremism and other related issues.Keith Mabbut , the protagonist , finds the truth at the end of this work .
The book also raises the complex issues of our need for heroes and role models ,the issue of personal compromises and the costs to be paid , if you don't compromise.The book takes a biting swipe at publishing industry, and how publishers can become a tool in the hands of the powerful and the mighty.
Martin Buber in his book has said that fiction is the closest to truth while journalism is farthest from truth , bordering on lies.This book proved to me that truth can be revealed by a fictional story .
Palen has the ability to create , build and narrate a beautiful and enjoyable story , which is also full of truth and meaning .It thrills about Environment , a subject which really matters for each one of us.This book is not a thriller but it thrills more than a conventional thriller.It is delightful , thrilling and uplifting .I recommend you to read it .