Book Review #34: The Greatest Game

The Greatest Game

by Greg Rajaram


Publisher: Notion Press


Pages: 242



One word review: Illuminating!


Did you know?

Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man drawing depicts the claim made by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio that a man could fit into a circle and a square.


The Greatest Game is a philosophical drama novella by the budding author Greg Rajaram. The book deals with a plethora of philosophical questions that every human would have come across at least once in his or her lifetime. And the fascinating aspect of the book lies in the fact that it takes a genuine attempt in answering all these questions and instigates the readers to a whole new level of thought process.


Favorite lines from the Book:

He had a job, a roof over his head, and good television. What more could a man want?

The cardinal subject of the book is philosophy and the author has woven a multitude of tales with diverse genres within the story; myth, drama, romance, technology and science fiction. I felt absurd while reading the oddly textured beginning chapters but when the core plot divulged itself midway it was an interesting read from thereon. The readers are not just exposed to a storyline that's revealing but also to question one's own belief system that he or she had inculcated.


The universe exists both outside and within you. It's just a fruit within a fruit.


With a melange of mythologies interwoven, the story goes about on a train of distinctive yet at the same time associative plots; distinctive in terms of genre and associative in terms of arcane links. Over a period of time one may get a feeling of tiredness to catch up and follow a myriad of plots being exposed. And this is when I felt the transient plots could have been delineated and exposed long enough to strike resonance with the characters and the main story.


The mirror is the greatest lie that man invented.

Coming to the characters, there's no paucity for characters in this multi-genre story line. Certain characters would easily get etched to a majority of reader's mind due to the mythological references but most of the characters lacks depth in exposition and explication. This serves as a major drawback in holding a good story from becoming a great one. Apart from that, the book is certainly worth reading for it opens an interesting portal that you might wanna travel to.


The lamb and the lion within him were equally at peace with each other as well.

The Greatest Game is a book which attempts to expose you to a world of new possibilities and thrives by posting esoteric questions.


Verdict: A Modest Attempt to Weave a Medley of Myths that's Definitely Worth Your Time!



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