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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara. Book review

February 9, 2020

Book cover with painted eye on a bright yellow background

Jai is addicted to reality cop shows and is itching to put all the theory he’s learned into action. When local children begin to go missing Jai, along with his best friends the very bright Pari and loyal Faiz, launches himself into some serious detective work. But having to work with distraught parents, an insouciant police force, getting at the truth is not going to be easy and fraught with danger.

This interesting novel blends childish perception with worldly wisdom, as well as adventure with the very real peril in India of child abduction.

Through the eyes of enthusiastic and determined Jai, the reader is able to experience the slums of Dehli through all its sights, sounds, smells and tastes.

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is an immersive experience, both joyful, heart-warming, heart-breaking and terrifying.

If there was ever an effective way to make the rest of the world aware of the challenges people, particularly children, in the slums of Delhi face on a daily basis, then this is the way to do it.

Deepa Anappara really knows her subject, of that there is no doubt, but at no point does the story give a sense of wearing the depth of research on its sleeve. Instead, you are too busy living in the children’s world, enjoying their adventures and at the same time constantly anxious for their safety when they come perilously close to danger.

Although this is clearly a novel with a social purpose, it is also a story of close childhood friendship and loyalty and, because of the way it is written, is capable of and should reach a wide age-range of readers.

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line was courtesy of Chatto and Windus via NetGalley.

 

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  1. Reblogged this on The Wombwell Rainbow and commented:
    Enlightening

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