The Nine Chambered Heart by Janice Parait has nine characters, who are in love with the same women at nine different points of her life. The story is written from the pen of these nine men, each one narrating his own share of experiences with her, describing her nature, beauty and how their lives intertwined with her, as they try to decode their relationship.
This book is different in it's own way. No names are mentioned in the book, Yes, no name for women, men, cities, countries! None! Yes, we know about the women, her beauty, how she is descibed so beautifully in the book multiple times, but she has no voice, throughout. Sounds interesting? Yes, it was! The concept was really appealing. I enjoyed seeing the women at different phases of her life as descibed by another person. She plays different role, in each of their lives, of varying degree of importance. Yet you will form a connection with each one of them as the book moves forward. There is lot of romance and attraction in the book, throughout. The book is full of words, that melt your heart, again and again.
Coming to the story line, the book lacks one. There are multiple issues with the book. First one, the incidents being too repetitive in nature. Most if the stories followed the same path and I felt an emptiness on the whole, after finishing this book. The girl and the guy meet, some artistic description, they get physically attracted, get bored of each other and eventually move on with their lives. Second, the character of the women. The initial stories kind of connected me to her, greatly but as the book paced, I realized that she lacks commitment, repeat the same mistakes and is taking 'lust' for 'love' throughout the journey. She runs away from strong commitment throughout her life and finds solace in physical attraction. She just wants to be loved and not reciprocating the same , in turn.
The book is all about perspective. People fall for each other, they love, they breakup and they move on. It happens with everyone around. Most of the times we are aware of our side of the story. (Full review in blog)📚