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“The Valley of Masks” examines the pathologies of power, purity and dogma to give us a frightening yet ultimately redemptive vision of the future that Tarun Tejpal describes

Literatures are known as the true reflector of life, but with certainty, the valley of masks are something that you have never encountered. “The Valley of Masks” is about apathy. That is simply putting it. The book explores deeper issues - of class systems, the human race and the dogmas that surround us and ultimately about the human spirit - its failure to see and rise above everything else. The narrator who initially goes by the name Karna, to X 470 while being trained to become a warrior (again, how appropriate is the name play) and finally as X47 as Wafadar has fled the doctrines and mountains of Aum. He is the one who decides to tell his story, the story of being hidden behind a mask, of Aum and its so-called principles. The book is about an extremist organization that teaches violent perfection to young children; it takes priesthood to another level involving women and also strives to understand why naxalites killed and continue to kill. Aum (appropriately named) is the self-proclaimed leader of this cult – where equality is placed before everything else – so much so that they have the same face – a mask that is fitted to their face once they turn sixteen. The more one reads the book, the more one is scared. What if this turns out to be a reality some day? The idea of how the human mind is more willing to submit and follow than stand up against. There are pages of discourse in the book, something others might not find relevant; however you can consider those were essential to the plot. They held the story together. “The Valley of Masks” is a frightening book and it is set in times when it is highly possible for something like this to take place. This book has its moments and plenty of them, and Tarun Tejpal shows his class act again, although it does go on a tangent at times. This is one book that you keep reading again and again, and RightBooks.in brings it there for you. Just your visit to the link at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9789350290460&The%20Valley%20of%20Masks will uplift your reading spirits.

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