Book Review: The Octopus Curse -by Salma Farook

Book Blurb:

Science would have us believe that we are nothing but cell upon cell. I disagree. We are made up of stories. The stories we hear from our mothers, the ones we tell our daughters. The tales we share with sisters and friends. The ones we never say out loud, but are heavy on our minds and run like a fever in our blood.

There are a multitude of great divides between us; race, religion, cultures, the way we dress, the languages we speak, but the stories we tell bridge us together in the universal tongue of smiles, tears, pain and laughter. They remind us that, as women, we’re all chasing similar fairy-tales.

This book is a call to celebrate the bridges, delight in our stories and to focus on the joy in our lives right now, rather than racing behind the happily-ever-after. That will come in it’s own time.


The peaceful Octopus on the yellow cover, instantly familiarised me with the theme of the book.

Honestly, I am naturally biased towards poets, but having said that, I am extremely critical of poetry. It is so easy for each one of us to be called poets by writing popular themed short poem; but it is increasingly difficult to behold the meaning and construct a structure around it.

Salma Farook has done a commendable job at writing this book full of poems that seem an extension of her own beautiful soul. There are places where she has almost bared her self in front of the reader.

The whispers of an outside evil,

Don’t breathe goosebumps onto my skin,

Because even greater monster,

Lurks right within.

The use of different characteristics of the Octopus to distinguish sections in the book makes it even more distinct and intriguing. The writing is simple and flows with ease.

Many of the stars we see at night are already dead.

A book full of short poems that can be completed withing an hour. You can travel with this book and not feel burdened at all. It is light, impact-full and interesting. The illustrations within the book add to the overall likability.

The poems are real, almost tangible and make you feel a wide spectrum of emotions. All this reality mixed with the right amount of surrealism makes this book a perfect book to start reading poetry.

Book Information:

Pages: 208

Language: English

Genre: Poetry

My Rating: 4/5


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