The Muse and the Moon by Lincy Ann Matthew

The Muse and the Moon is a story about finding love and what it takes to sustain a healthy relationship in the long run. Anagha works as a copy-editor at an e-publishing firm.

Despite how smitten she is with her colleague, Rudran, she knows there can be no office romance on the cards because he is married. So when their small talk blossoms into something more, Anagha begins to wonder if she’s found the one for her.

One of the things that appealed to me about this book was getting to read about a protagonist who works in publishing. If you didn’t know, I have a soft spot for characters with some connection to the literary spectrum.

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That said, the book has not been well edited. And so, my reading experience would at times get disrupted by phrases that didn’t make sense or weren’t properly cleaned up.

Since the characters in the book have a South-Indian lineage, they’d frequently make use of terms and phrases in Malayalam and Tamil. As I am a Malayali, I was able to make sense of it all. If you aren’t familiar with the two languages, you might have to refer regularly to the glossary at the end.

This brings me to another aspect of the novel I found a bit irksome. I felt that some of Anagha’s quirks were unnecessarily forceful. She has this habit of saying “Stupid!” when chiding other characters for something they’ve said or done. After a point, this got on my nerves simply because of how often it would happen.

In fact, I noticed that some of the dialogue and even narration made sense from a South Indian point of view; in our culture, such language usage is common. But when written in English, these very phrases and cultural nuances felt a little odd.

Each chapter follows a poetic verse that puts into perspective the depth of Anagha’s feelings and thoughts about this newfound love. These lines have been written quite evocatively, and I can definitely see how the author has some experience with writing poetry.

Anagha and Rudran’s story is your quintessential tale of budding romance, misunderstandings, lack of communication, and so on. There were times when Anagha appeared whiny and clingy, all of which could’ve been sorted out with proper conversation.

I wouldn’t say that I liked any of the characters, except for maybe Mitra. Her and Anagha’s friendship added a nice touch to the novel.

All in all, it was an okay read. But since the author has a way of painting a picture with her words, I would be intrigued to read some of her future works.

Published by Meera Nair

A 27 year-old freelance Content Writer, who spends all her free time ensconced in the pages of a book or writing to her heart's content about topics that excite the creative spirit in her.

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