Confessions of a self-proclaimed existentialist by Akul Sharma

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Name         – Confessions of a self-proclaimed existentialist

Author                  – Akul Sharma
Publisher              – Authorpress
Number of Pages – 104
Publishing Year   -2017
Edition                  – Paperback

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Rating : 3.5

My Review

For an existentialist, finding the meaning of life will point to several actions. To attain eternal bliss, protagonist assorted to an act that will assuredly secret DMT in our body. In order to feel the ecstasy , he decides to do that which provides maximum ecstasy, embrace death.

The fictional character Juan represents the current generation that entertains and satisfies themselves through internet. Juan, who is a self-proclaimed existentialist, decides to attain eternal ecstasy of death by the jumping off the cliff of Kheerganga in Manali. His journey to Manali is the major plot of the book. Even though Juan claims himself to be an existentialist, his thoughts are a far cry from the real existentialism. Juan meets Anita and starts to weave a web of wishlists, like having dinner with a foreigner, making out with a foreigner etc. Further his hashish addiction finds its destiny through the friends he meets later. Well hashish is not an addictive drug- claims Juan.

 With an unequivocal satire, author throws light to the folly of the youth who tries to find the pleasure of travel and exploration through the virtual world. Author is indeed a well read existentialist and has a vast idea about the philosophy.  But the story does not delve much into the philosophy. Author has succeeded in subtly and palpably elucidate the philosophy for an extensive target audience. With mild and subdued humor author has tried to maintained the entertainment quotient of the book.

Towards the second half of the book, author foray into drugs makes the narration monotonous. It cannot register in my narrowminded brain that most of the youth takes joint these days. Well, I don’t think majority does. A few grammatical errors too added as a turn off.

Overall the book is a unique attempt to establish a philosophical satirical contemporary fiction.

This review is in return of a free book from the author

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