Book Review: The Diary On the Fifth Floor
Disclaimer: A copy of the book was provided by VInfluencers in exchange of an honest review.
Book: The Diary on the Fifth Floor
Author: Raisha Lalwani
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Pages: Roughly 160
A woman leaves her infant at home but finds her on a busy street in an unexpected turn of events.Another woman wakes up in a flight hours later, befuddled, in the strangest circumstance.A fascinating tale of a twenty-five-year-old woman that takes hold of us from the moment she enters the fifth floor of a hospital; more precisely, the psychiatric ward. Visibly terrified, she clutches at her clothbound diary, caught in the horns of a terrible dilemma—whether or not to hand over the diary to the doctor. She fears that she will be declared insane if her tangled web of thoughts unspooling in dark mysterious stories is read by the dissecting eye of a doctor.What does this diary contain? As the novel progresses, we are drawn into characters and stories that are toe-curling, strange, and haunting in their raw intensity. What is the story of this woman? What secrets lie in the pages of her diary? And most importantly, what happens on the fifth floor?
‘Diary on the fifth Floor’ by Raisha Lalwani is basically a book dedicated to a very important problem of today’s world.
It critically questions the loss of culture, traditions and their roots – “Moral Values” from the society we are living in!
The book is basically written as “vivid and accurate” diary entries which records various anecdotes from the life of the protagonist Savannah Khanna!
In so manner it highlights the ‘harshness’-as Savannah says it-of the world!
Besides the entries, it has those meetings with her Psychiatrist- Dr. Rama Berry!
Many social issues have been uplifted by the author! The read won’t be boring as such! The lucrative narration keeps the reader engaged!
Talking about the plot–
I am very well impressed by the author because the whole book apart from diary entries is set up in the doctor’s cabin ! Woah! Sometimes they change to a library but the main thing is apart from the entries you get to see only the regular check-ups that the protagonist attends! Not much frequent change of plots which I liked the most!
I liked the writing style.As the book says it is fairy-“ effortlessly easy and tremendously poignant“.It is quite lucid and the book flows quite well! Sometimes the flow is disrupted like you got to rethink on the words! But overall it rolls smooth!
The narration is quite apt and the book has been very well edited! I found some frailties with the language which makes the reader re-read the sentences!
Coming to the characters-
- The protagonist is Savannah, lady in her twenties, and as sensitive to worldly happenings as a touch-me-not plant! 😂😂
- Dr. Rama Berry– an aged psychiatrist who treats Savvy as her daughter! She has been very well portrayed, as far as the character of a Doctor is concerned! ” She was calm and composed as a doctor should be”, “…interested, compassionate and above lal lacking in judgement of any kind” are a few qoutes from the book which very well sketches her character !
Best part of the book was that it Self-Appreciates itself and they are worth it! Many instances are found in which the bokk appreciates the the writing style if the diary entries and the book in general!
About the ending–
Every anecdote ends with “jarring thump or jolt!” ; as the end of the book itself ! There is just no Happily Ever After if you are looking for one! It feels monotonous at times because of the persistent sad endings.
Lastly the Doctor-Patient relationship has been very well etched through the interesting and behavioural narration!
My opinion :
Nice read, has ample of thoughtful insights from our society so is quite relatable! A lot moral values can be learnt! Sometimes the sad endings become quite monotonous and you want it to end asap!
4 🌟 /5
Recommended to almost everyone!
Thank you Vinfluencers for providing me a copy!
The Diary on the Fifth Floor https://www.amazon.in/dp/9353049350/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Lq.aCbJE0NA8F