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Updated: Jan 7, 2023

Our lives are so much related with the consequences of what is happening around, whether positive or negative. Here, I am talking about the politics around us. The leaders we choose for ourselves who just show what is the so-called ideal picture without us knowing how they exactly are. I know, I am not the first one talking about it but what have we done about it even after knowing the reality? Nothing actually! Or, even if we know, do we really know the crux of the matter. The person appearing to be innocent may have a dark reality or vice versa. Having said that, the book “Carnival Songs” by S.V. Brown, portrays life of one such political influential “Drigs” family and teaches us that truth is not necessarily always what meets the eye.

The story revolves around the life of Connie and Ryan Drigs who are the offspring of the very influential family of Torrenceburg. Though being into politics from the preceding generations, Ryan finds his respite away from the political life as a Salesman, with a decent living with his wife Connie. Busy in his own sweet routine life, Ryan is unaware of her wife’s extra marital connections which she is mostly not guilty of. The story also has subplots where it talks about the life of Ryan’s uncle Beany Drigs, who is a patriot and a racist too. The story touch bases on various social issues of racism, fidelity, dirty politics etc. The story is well woven by S.V. Brown where he not only retrospect the story with the views of the protagonist but other characters also.

Coming back to the story, without giving any major spoilers, the life of Ryan runs mundanely smooth until one day he is asked to run the elections for the city’s mayor. With political blood running in his veins, he is attracted to the offer and dwells himself completely in the campaign. During the final stretch of the book and the during the election campaigns, there are major changes that happen in the lives of Drigs which are well spun by the writer to give you a surprise read.

So, if you are looking for a binge read that will keep you hooked till the very end and keep your brain cells active throughout, this is the book for you. Go and grab a copy for yourself.

Happy Reading!

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