Book Review One Dozen Stories-Satyajit Ray

Letters to Editor

By Ashvath .V .V, Class Class 8, Dev In National School, Sahakaranagar, Bangalore

How well do you like stories that you think have a very normal ending, but actually have a twist and gives in to a completely unexpected ending? If very well, then this book is the best choice for you to read. The book, as its title says, is a collection of 12 stories, each with a very compulsive ending. Most of the stories given in this book have been translated by a translator, Gopa Majumdar, and the remaining by Satyajit Ray himself.

The stories in this book are Bengali fictions, translated to English and other common languages. The stories start out quite normally, mostly with a simple character. But then as it continues, it begins to get more and more exiting and when it is almost over, the situation changes and gives the book a fantastic ending, leaving the reader with mixed feelings. Sometimes, tragedies may occur, and at other times, there is a very calm and peaceful ending. Also some of the stories in this book cannot be exactly understood.

They require high skills in English. One of the understandable stories is printed in the 8th standard NCERT Textbooks as chapters. My most favourite character in the whole book is Detective Feluda, Satyajit Ray’s most famous creation. He is a teen boy who solves most of the suspicious cases in very extraordinary manners. He is also Satyajit Ray’s most favourite creation. I would recommend this book to anyone with moderate grammar and vocabulary. Mostly this would be suitable for teens of 13 years or above. I give it a 4 star rating.


Ashvath .V .V Dev In National School, Sahakaranagar