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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
“Ahhhh…” That’s the sound I made when I finished reading Bhajan, the debut work by author Tim Garvin. That’s the sound I make when a book satisfies me, not just for entertainment purposes, but for emotional and spiritual reasons as well. The novel follows the story of Bluey Macintosh, an expert in the field of mammals, who sets up a traveling zoo. Billed for educational purposes, but really an attempt to garner desperately needed funds, the traveling zoo carries a mishmash of exotic creatures. The zoo really picks up speed when Bluey introduces Bhajan, a gorgeous Bengal tiger, to the mix. Unlike any tiger anyone’s ever seen before, Bhajan purrs. And not just once in a while, although even that would be unique as tigers simply don’t purr, but for six hours, every day. When it’s discovered that Bhajan’s presence also brings about healing, well, that’s when things really start to get interesting.
I loved this book. Reminiscent of one of my favorite books of all time, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, this story is about so much more than a very special animal. Magical realism at its best, Tim Garvin’s Bhajan can be a truly enlightening read, as long as the reader allows oneself to believe. Mr. Garvin’s writing style is creative, dynamic, and so engaging that I had a very difficult time putting this book down. Bhajan would appeal to any reader who enjoys a book with spiritual undertones, any fan of magical realism, and anyone who enjoys a good story, period. I am excited to see that Tim Garvin is continuing with his writing career, and look forward to reading his next work.