Title: Walker & The Dark
Author: Mallikarjun B. Mulimani
Genre: Literary Fiction
First Publication: 2022
Book Summary: Walker & The Dark by Mallikarjun B. Mulimani
Walker was neither a Lion nor a Lion cub. He was an adolescent bursting with hormones. He was already a whimsical Butterfly painting life gay with his iridescent wings, with a wise old Owl soul within his heart of a Cow jailed by an iron Hyena heart guarded by Vultures.
Walker was all, and yet, none. He managed to identify with everybody, yet not totally with anybody, even himself. But Walker was not God, as no one is, but only human that led to him rushing headlong into disaster, taking others with him, but emerging unscathed, alone, as he finally found God, himself, albeit in a form opposite towards which he had aspired.
This story is about an old poor writer’s wisdom and the curiosity of a young rich boy. They knew each other only through books though they were neighbours; the boy in his mansion neighbouring the writer in his slum. The writer, writing children’s books, in which were hidden pearls of philosophy, meant only for the wise beyond their years, finally recognizes the young boy but decides to walk away from him fearing that he would hurt a young heart and mind with his old philosophy.
But the smart boy manages to get the scent of the writer and follows him and finds him with the help of a young man. The circle of life is complete, but what happens next?
Book Review: Walker & The Dark by Mallikarjun B. Mulimani
Sometimes, fiction, as a genre, presents a unique challenge to the writer, as it requires blending the stark realities of life with the imaginative and creative aspects of the genre. It’s a delicate balance that requires the writer to have a firm grasp on both the emotional and imaginative aspects of storytelling. In Walker & The Dark, Mallikarjun Mulimani has attempted to weave tales that are both relatable and thought-provoking while still providing an escape from the monotony of everyday life. The result is a work that is complex in its writing yet simple in its execution, as the author presents a narrative that is both grounded in reality and tinged with a touch of imagination.
“Walker & The Dark” by Mallikarjun B. Mulimani is a thought-provoking collection of two distinct stories that delve into the complexities of existence. The first story, “Walker,” presents the reader with a character that embodies the paradox of self-identity. Through the use of vivid metaphors, Mulimani explores the journey of a young man searching for his place in the world and his eventual realization of self. It is a tale of self-discovery, wisdom, and philosophy and follows “Walker’s” journey as he rushes headlong into disaster and ultimately finds himself.
The second story, “The Dark,” explores the relationship between an old, poor writer and a young, rich boy. The writer’s wisdom, hidden in the pages of his children’s books, is a stark contrast to the innocence of the young boy. The story follows the boy’s quest to find the writer and learn from his wisdom. And the two finally meet, leading to the completion of the circle of life. It is a touching tale that showcases the power of knowledge and the importance of mentorship.
Mulimani’s writing style is both imaginative and insightful. He weaves together allegories and philosophical musings to create a thought-provoking and introspective experience for the reader. “Walker & The Dark” is a must-read for anyone seeking to explore the hidden realities of existence and the journey of self-discovery.
The author has woven an intricate and compelling narrative, taking the reader on a journey through a rich tapestry of emotions and experiences. The characters are complex and multi-dimensional, and their stories are woven together in a way that is both unpredictable and completely mesmerizing. The writing style is fluid and evocative, painting vivid and memorable pictures in the reader’s mind. The themes of the book are timeless and universal, exploring the human condition in a way that is both insightful and thought-provoking. The combination of compelling storytelling, well-developed characters, and poetic writing makes this book an unforgettable reading experience.
Complexity often results in beauty, and this book is a testament to that. Through intricate and layered writing, Mallikarjun Mulimani weaves together complex themes and symbolism in a thought-provoking narrative. It presents a world of compelling characters, metaphors, and hidden meanings that transport the reader into a realm of endless possibilities and introspection. The author has masterfully created a narrative that not only entertains but also challenges the reader to delve deeper into the world of allegory and find their own interpretations. This is a must-read for anyone seeking a captivating story that will stimulate their imagination and spark their intellectual curiosity.