As soon as I finished reading the latest book I have just read, I texted my nephew this:
It is because Luis, my nephew, was the one responsible why I got hold of a copy of The Association of Small Bombs written by Karan Mahajan. Last Friday night, while we were at Nengkoy’s house, Luis bragged and showed me this book along with another novel whom he is excited to read. He boasted that The Association of Small Bombs has been named Best Book of 2016 by Esquire, Time and Vulture.com.
Exploiting my being an elder to my nephew, I pestered Luis that I should instead be the first one to read it. I eventually brought the book with me in my house and Luis, helpless and all, settled on reading the other novel.
And just this afternoon, like a time bomb, I could not hold on to my grief and wretchedness after reading this powerful novel. I have to have an outlet and that is decanting these emotions through a text message. I texted and blamed Luis on why I was feeling what I was feeling. Hahaha!
This is the first book that I read this year and this book was so effective in zoning me out to a different level of sadness. It is one of the most compelling books that I have read. It is so captivating I finished the book in one and a half days.
The Association of Small Bombs will bring you to the dynamic insight on the effects of terrorism as well as to the unimaginable high emotions of being a victim of bombings and radicalism. This book will make you discern that no one wins in terrorism. And may you be the perpetrator or the target of a bombing plot, everybody ends up being a victim.
But seriously, I am so thankful to my nephew Luis for bringing into my life’s sphere this brilliant novel. I will indeed return it to him so that he be able to understand the encompassing tragedy brought about by terrorism, extremism, radicalism or whatever synonymous word that people may associate terrifying bombings with.
Super galinng! Masoli na nga ang librong yan!