Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Book Review: The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond.

Book: The Blue Umbrella

Author: Ruskin Bond

Illustrator: Archana Sreenivasan 

Pages: 64

Read On: Paperback

How Long it Took Me To Read: 1hour

Plot Summary: 'The Umbrella was like a flower, a great blue flower that had sprung up on the dry brown hillside.’

In exchange for her lucky leopard’s claw pendant, Binya acquires a beautiful blue umbrella that makes her the envy of everyone in her village, especially Ram Bharosa, the shop-keeper. Ruskin Bond’s short and humorous novella, set in the picturesque hills of Garhwal, perfectly captures life in a village, where both heroism and redemption can be found.

General Thoughts: A few years ago this book was made into a movie. I saw the trailers but for some reason...I never felt like watching the movie. This book however caught my eye a few months back and made it to my wishlist and when it got ridiculously cheap, I had it have it.

A read in an hour and it was utterly charming!

Things I Liked: 

1. Ruskin Bond's writing was amazing as per usual. He is such a gifted writer and I've enjoyed all of his books I've read.

2. The story is simple but heart-warming.

3. The world-building in this book is marvelous. The little village in the hills and it's people all come to life beautifully.

4. The illustrations are darling.

5. This was such a happy and simple and heart-warming read. It's the perfect read for days when you are feeling blue. A total happiness inducing book.

6. This book is of course meant for kids but I am sure adults can enjoy it too.

7. The lessons this book imparts are great and very important, sharing, being honest and good are all very crucial things to be reminded of.

8. The characters in this book are so well-crafted and so memorable.

9. Even though this book first came out in 1972, it's still very much relevant and not dated at all.

10. Binya is such a wonderful character to get to know. I loved her and rooted for her all the way! 

Rating: 4/5

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