52 Weeks, 52 Books: Week 26

The Association of Small Bombs, by Karan Mahajan // What does it mean when you can't stop thinking about a book?

I only gave this book three stars on Goodreads. That’s the danger, I think, of rating a book immediately after you finish it: you tend to overrate or underrate what the book will mean to you in a year or in two years or in ten years. I finished The Association of Small Bombs on April 3rd, 2016. Over 18 months ago. I don’t think it’s a three-star book anymore, because I still think about it all the time. That’s gotta be worth at least another star.

Very simply, this is the story of a very small bomb that goes off in India, and the effects it has on different individuals—a mother, a father, a friend, neighbors. No one has the same reaction; the reactions vary in their intensity. In some ways, it illuminates the butterfly effect through the lens of terrorism. Though I wouldn’t say this is a book about terrorism. It’s definitely a story of how a seemingly small event ripples through our lives in unexpected ways.

I’m not sure why it took me 18 months to realize I was having a more intense reaction to it; the layers keep shifting for me, which meant I kept thinking about it. I thought about it today, which is why I decided to write this review. If you’re curious, click here to place it on hold.


Created by Ang Romano on Nov 29th, 2017 @ 3:49 PM.
Updated on Nov 29th, 2017 @ 3:50 PM.