The Mine: Book Review

Posted: March 14, 2012 in Book Reviews
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A Mine-d Screw!

A perfunctory reading of the prologue of ‘The Mine’ might make you dismiss it as one of those recycled movie scripts that made up the schlock horror-slasher films of the 1980s. Even I thought the same and was quite skeptical of how, Arnab Ray a.k.a Greatbong, more known for his sarcastic, witty humour pieces would pull this off. Even more because ‘Horror’ is a territory which most Indian authors loath venturing into.

How wrong I was.

Right from the start, The Mine grips you with its Stephen King-esque surrealism and with a somewhat ‘Saw meets Se7en’ plotline, it twists and turns and pushes you into the deepest chasm of darkness and insanity. The darkness that emanates from the monstrosity of human nature, the fact that every human can become a lusus naturae, an embodiment of pure evil. In moments of despair and impuissance, the characters are laid bare, their darkest horrors haunting them with chilling sadism.

This is surely not for the faint-hearted. Bizarre and horrific imagery is elaborated in explicit details. Disturbing realism is narrated through characters at a relentless pace. The story is fraught with the concept of sin and morality, something which is sure to touch the reader on a personal level.

As for the ending, lets say if you were jolted by the end of, say ‘The Sixth Sense’, The Mine delivers a shocking blow that leaves you all shaken up for several minutes. The stupefaction doesn’t go away easy.

For me, this has to be one of the most incredible cerebral horror-thrillers I have read and this is no exaggeration. Arnab Ray has delivered the mind-screw sucker punch built around a tenebrific, terrifying premise. Best read in one sitting.

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