Anandamath by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee is a Bengali novel originally. The translated version was one of my school syllabus books, but it never got taught as syllabus, so after nearly ten years, I read it just for the fun of it. It was a very different read compared to history textbooks where the heroes are usually rebellious upper class people. Here, it was common people who were behind the movement. It isn’t something that appeals to a reader who likes fast flowing, light reads or even deep character sketching, because it is one that is heavy with slow building up of emotions. It also is quite cultural as well. This is the book from where Vande Mataram came about. It’s a good read, although a very patriotic drama. I think being taught in class would definitely help for it to be understood better.
Reviewed by Leo
Rated 3 Stars
Author: Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Publishers: Orient Paperbacks
Genre: Patriotic Fiction
Shared with First Reads at b00kr3vi3ws and Indian Quills Review Challenge at The Tales Pensieve.