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Apr 02, Priyanka Adhikary rated it did not like it The first thing that caught my attention when I laid eyes upon The Rozabal Line are the following words: More complex than the Da Vinci Code and a whole lot more terrifying Little did I understand the import of these words on the cover of the book at that time.
Da Vinci Code is one of my all-time favorite thrillers and the promise of a work that was not just more complex, but more terrifying as well made my spine tingle with anticipation. Reading through the book made me realize that Rozabal Line The first thing that caught my attention when I laid eyes upon The Rozabal Line are the following words: More complex than the Da Vinci Code and a whole lot more terrifying Little did I understand the import of these words on the cover of the book at that time.
Reading through the book made me realize that Rozabal Line is complex indeed, infinitely so. In the first chapter itself, the reader is catapulted across 6 cities in 6 different countries spanning 3 continents.
And while he barely recovers from the monstrous jetlag associated with this whirlwind of a trip, he is flung into the eye of a cyclone in the successive chapters which spins him across the globe from one place to another while simultaneously tossing him back and forth in time over a period of years, leaving him severely disoriented, both spatially and temporally.
I was reminded of the movie Memento, where the director shows the story in two different sequences, one chronological, and the other, in reverse order, with segments from the sequences being alternately overlapped. If you did not understand this sentence, you will probably not understand the Rozabal Line either. Wikipedia had provided much needed succor by arranging the entire plot sequentially and I was able to understand the movie on my third attempt. True to the comment, the book is terrifying as well.
The author must have suffered from some serious paranoia that this would be the last book he will ever write. Because throughout the book, he seems to have been desperate to combine every interesting bit of trivia he has ever come across in his life, irrespective of whether at all they are relevant to the storyline.
He has brushed upon almost every religion, philosophy, conspiracy theory, paranormal science, etc. Some of his paranoia transfers to the reader who are terrified as the pages progress that they will never really be able to comprehend the story. New characters are whisked into and out of the plot even before the reader has had time to make acquaintance with them. The author believes that Jesus did not die on the cross, but the only tools he has to substantiate this theory is the past life visions of one of the 10, characters in the novel.
That is just way too lame. The concept of karma and reincarnation have been taken to new levels altogether where the same set of people get related in different ways in each of their past lives. Good luck to all the fearless souls who will dare embark on this venture, nevertheless. You have been warned!
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