September 28, 2023


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Book Review: The Birth Lottery and Other Surprises by Shehan Karunatilaka 

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Namrata reviews Shehan Karunatilaka’s short story collection The Birth Lottery and Other Surprises (Hachette India, 2022) calling it powerful and evocative.

The first thing that catches your attention as you open The Birth Lottery and Other Surprises by Shehan Karunatilaka to read, is a note by the author on How to read this collection.

Never in sequence.
I don’t with other people’s works.
Why should anyone with mine?

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Karunatilaka not only captures a reader’s attention with this, but he also gives us a glimpse of what to expect further in the collection. A lot of wry humour, twists, surprises, and tons of excitement – is what this note promises and the book does not disappoint at all.

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