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The Boy, Horatio *Review*

The Boy, Horatio by Neil D’Silva is another interesting read from the master of thriller and horror fiction. Β This short story is simple in language but deals with the complexity of innocence. It’s difficult to conjure up an image of innocence embedded with evil – and the result is you don’t hate the boy, you only sympathize him along with the protagonist.

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It is definitely difficult job of the author to balance out the two qualities into a single being especially when the perceptive focus is always on goodness and innocence in kids.

The story is simple without any psycho babble, yet in the end it did evoke a question in my mind – “Was that real or was the protagonist imagining?” The story doesn’t lend itself to too much of psychoanalysis – just a portrayal of events and what happens. It doesn’t point out to good – bad balance, merely stating the array of happenings.

A beautifully written short story – the emphasis of the author is always on the simplicity of language – as is evident in all his works.

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