Ten years later on a sunny spring morning Breanna Sutton is reluctantly meeting with Bill, who is now a recluse in an isolated cabin up in Northern Ontario. He had inexplicably started Breanna off on a rewarding and lucrative career that makes her feel bitterly obligated to the old man. She discovers Bill adrift in a world of fantasy and in severe need of medical attention. But the stubborn old man insists that she listen to his recount of his romance with his wife and its tragic conclusion before consenting to get the help he needs. Through the course of an agonizing day, Breanna learns what family truly means and about the obligations that come with it.
Muckydum will take you on the journey of a tormented man's pursuit to clear his conscience before it's too late and a woman's realization that life isn't measured solely by one's successes.
Some of the events in Muckydum are based on a true story. Back in the late seventies when I was in a college in Ontario there was a course elective called The Relevance of Shakespeare. The course had a reputation as being the best elective in the school. Everyone tried to get it as their semester elective.
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I guess it's pretty obvious from the title that the story have a supernatural element but the intensity of it kinda ambushes you because even though you start reading the story prepared for ghosts and demons but the normalcy, almost mediocrity of the characters derails you. There is this very old guy remembering his wife, complaining about his pot belly and joints. Normal, isn't it? We all had a college professor or school teacher like him. While complaining about the loads of homework we got or bitchy and strict checking of our test papers did we ever wonder or even considered our professors as people who actually have a life, a story? Personally, I used to go into a state of shock when I accidentally stumbled upon my class teacher buying tomatoes in super marker or my Sanskrit teacher eating kulfi in mall. We somehow assign people around us boundaries, restriction. They are what we see them as. It is almost unreal to imagine them beyond those circles. Which is exactly what takes us by surprise when we find out that the old professor have a family curse and disastrous past.
Getting in the book is a little difficult. For first few pages as readers you become extremely confused about what is happening. The fact that the story jumps between past and present doesn't help that much. But still somehow it manages to instill curiosity and a sense of foreboding which pushes you page after page. All in all, it's a good book.
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