Title : The Lost Story
Author : Amit goyal & Sudhanshu Gupta
Pages : 264
Publisher : Grapevine Publisher
Genre : Fiction
Cover : 4/5
Plot/Story : 4.5/5
Characterization : 4/5
Writing Style & Narration : 3.5/5
Presentation : 4/5
Overall : 4/5
The Lost Story is a book written in a unique and refreshing concept thought of by the authors Amit and Sudhanshu. It is a series of short stories written by the duo, with one of them writing the first half of the story and the rest being completed by the other, with neither of them discussing the plot lines or concept in any of the tales. The fight to maintain the balance and the ordering of the chaos of difference in their storytelling styles make this book an exciting piece.
With two wild imaginations set loose in making this book, the genres expected by the reader form a confluence as the stories they write are nothing similar to each other. The character they have placed into the story to give form to their writing is Sandy, a young aspiring writer whose idol is the recluse Saleem Afzal. Saleem has his own stories apart from those he completes for Sandy, just like the real life authors duo. Most of the commentary in the book is Sandy trying to gather more about his idol’s life, like the locked room in his house and most importantly, the Lost Story.
The Lost Story has been well received by readers who appreciate its story within a story concept and its intricacy. It was published in 2012 by Grapevine India Publishers and is available as a paperback.
- The Lost Story is a collection of short stories written by two authors who complete each of the included short stories in parts.
- The plot of the book is also similar in style as the protagonist and his idol take turns completing their stories.
I always wondered that what will happen when two great authors, meet up to write a book. I always imagined the scenario, sometimes tried to pour it on papers as well but never came up with something as exceptional as The Lost Story. The whole idea of the storyline is just amazing and the way it reveals in front of the reader is a kind of ‘reading treat’ for the one who loves to read something different and unexpected.
The story is about an award winning author Saleem, who just gave up writing after a fatal car accident which he miraculously survived without facing even a scratch. A boy named Sandy, who is a great fan of the writing of Saleem and also a wannabe writer tie up with Saleem to write his last book, a collection of short story. During the writing of the book, Sandy starts falling for the secrets of Saleem. A name constantly popped up in the whole scenario, the name was The Lost Story. A story that supposed to be the uncompleted manuscript of Saleem and somehow, constantly bothering him in one or another way.
Writing style is pretty awkward at the beginning of the story but attracts the attention in a go. The concept is the first thing that hits you at first. It’s fantastically gripping that each story is having two parts and each art is written by different author without having any clue of what and how the story will progress.
For me, the beginning of the story and the end of the novel was something that will stay with me forever. The amount of imagination poured by the authors in the last few pages of the novel left me awestruck for a moment. Though the middle part of the book is pretty weak, some of the short stories are unbearable and hence I had no other option than skipping them. The only thing that made me, reach the climax of the book after reading few of the short stories, was ‘the lost story’ itself.
I would love to recommend this book to every author and the readers who think that nothing new is coming in the market for them. You got to read the book, to believe what I felt after finishing the book. It was a magical experience and I wish that every author and book lover should feel that magic around. Go and grab the book now.