And Thereby Hangs A Tale is a collection of 15 short stories of which a majority are inspired by real life events and a few are purely fiction. It is the second book this year that I have given up on halfway. The only difference is that I left the last book because it was theoretically heavy but this one I am leaving out of sheer disappointment and boredom.
I read 7 stories before I decided to stop. Of the 7, only 2 were worth a read and the rest were simply too predictable to make any kind of impact. Most stories are along the lines of legal investigations or cons and how can the latter possibly be worth your while if you can see through the con in the first paragraph ?
Ok forget the con stories. Even if I am willing to overlook them, there are of done-to-death story ideas that really irritate. For instance, how many times have all of us read the story of the blind man who strikes up a conversation with an interesting woman only to find out later that she too was blind ? I have read versions of this story across many settings and if I remember right, it was a story in our school textbook. There it was set in a train and in this book it is set in a cafe. Therein lies the major problem – there is nothing new to look forward to.
So I guess it goes without saying that I won’t be recommending it to anyone.
How about you ? Did you like it more than I did ? Let me know !!