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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In this collection, meet:
Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Matthew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.
ebook, 218 pages
Published August 25th 2016 by Indrajit Garai
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2.75 stars rounded up to 3 stars

The Sacrifice is a collection of three short stories: The Move, The Listener, and The Sacrifice.

The Move is about Guillaume, a dairy farmer in France, who gives up everything to protect his child. The listener is about Matthew, who risks his life to save a tree, and The Sacrifice is about François, an Author, who will sacrifice everything for his grandson. In short, this book is about the sacrifices people make for those (or those things) they love.

In a short st
Jennifer Gaarder
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
”In this collection, meet:
Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Matthew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.”

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/ My Rating: 3.00

A collection of short stories that display what it means to sacrifice something for the family, for love for the more excellent food. The stories are not related to one another but share a common theme.

I was confused with the first story, ”The Move,
Nicole Chinnici
The Sacrifice is a collection of three short stories: The Move; The Listener; and The Sacrifice. Each story can easily be read in one sitting (as can the entire book), and they work in complement to one another.

“I reach home, but I don’t feel at home.”

These thought-provoking and emotionally laden stories all explore similar themes of love, family, duty, home, and (obviously) sacrifice. In these themes and underlying ideas there are a lot of parallels between the stories, but the details of each
Fidan Lurin
I was given a copy of Volume 1 of the collection of short stories, The Sacrifice by a friend of the author, Indrajit Garai in exchange for an honest review. These quick three stories are exactly as the title of the volume entails: stories of sacrifice. Each tale revolves around a troubled character who must ultimately make the greatest sacrifices, including his or her happiness for that of loved ones. This has been done before by countless authors – Dickens, Sartre, Murakami. These are all big n ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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**I was given of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion.

The Move

--The Good:--

*Characters. Guillaume is an okay character. His anger, struggles, and fight to keep his farm are relate-able. Hugo was furiously protective and in love with the animals on the farm and I felt for him at the end.

*Plot. The plot was okay. The ending left me a little confused though.

--The Bad:--

*Anaïs. Through-o
The Sacrifice tells exactly the story of what the title states. Although this is a work of fiction with three short stories they are rather long in comparison to other short story collections books, which really helped me get into the stories more being that bit longer.

The story The Move is a sad account about the hardship of farming. I couldn’t help feeling rather sad for Guillaume who had to hire young Hugo who was just a boy, who really should be playing with other boys, but Hugo had to work
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I was asked to review this book and give my honest opinion/review.**
The book "The Sacrifice" was what I call a "page turner". This book kept my interest. Maybe it had something to do with the fact it was a book about a boy who not only wanted to save a tree but the animals who lived in the tree and the forest.
I wasn't sure what to think at first but as I kept reading I got more interested and wanted to learn and see how this book ended. The book is about life, death and sacrifice. Most times
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Source: Given in exchange of an honest review

Triggers (in book, review is safe): Suicide, Self Harm, Gore (related to the self harm), talk of drug use, Death

My review:
I'm going to review this book a bit differently, because it's a collection of stories, and I've never reviewed one of those before. So I'm going to review each story on its own, then go to an overall review at the end. That way, you only have to read the bits you are intereste
Elizabeth Mathis
In this collection, meet:
Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Matthew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.

Rating: 3.75/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: thought-provoking, emotionally-driven reads; each short story explores and imparts a spine-chilling message; the prose is smooth and effective overall; some of the plot lines seemed a bit forced/too tidy

Huge thanks to Estelle (the muse!) for reaching out to
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...

The Sacrifice is a collection of three short stories – The Move, The Listener, The Sacrifice. All of these stories have a common theme to them. They all center around giving up something for someone or something else, and making sacrifices.

All three stories are heartwarming and make you think as you are reading along. We are introduced to several characters in the stories, and each of the main characters have a story to
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
These are three heart felt stories about what people are willing to do to survive. Some things happen out of their control. It's how they respond that are the heart of these stories.

The first story involve Guillaume, his son, and the hardship they face with the family farm. The losses they face. The change it will bring

The second story is about Matthew, who risks his life to save his favorite tree. Just a child, faced with so many life changing situations. The tree is his sanctuary, until someon
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. Review to come

See the original review on my blog:

I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

Author Indrajit Garai presents three short stories in volume 1 of his short story collections: The Sacrifice. Like many of the collections of short stories I have read over the course of the past couple of months, Indrajit Garai uses a powerful theme to tie the collection together. Each contemporary short story embodies the theme of sacrifice
Jen (Thismomreads)
The Sacrifice is a collection of three short stories, which as the title suggests, share the common theme of sacrifice. What are we willing to risk in order to protect the things and the people we love?

In “The Move,” Guillame, a French dairy farmer, must leave everything he has ever known in order to save his son. “The Listener,” tells the story of Matthew, a young boy willing to risk his life in order to protect the forest he holds so dear. Finally, “The Sacrifice” tells the story of Francois,
Susan Hampson
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is such an unusual book, but so beautifully written. What sacrifice would you be prepared to make to protect the children in your care? Well each of these stories demonstrate duty, commitment and love far beyond the normal limits, in at what times are heart breaking conditions. There is far more to this book than just stories, after I finished reading my mind wondered back to each of them and there is such a deep meaning to them all. What does come across is the battle of the individual aga ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Indrajit Garai has written a collection of short stories that surprised me in their simplicity and their truth. These stories are fantastical and they're not always pretty. There's a bit of harshness to each of them, but there is also goodness that speaks to the people there are in the world that aren't as bad as some. Reading each story, I took away something that, while not always happy, was important.

The Move

This story, of Guillaume and his dairy farm suffering against bigger
These 3 short stories by Indrajit Garai, set in France, have the theme of sacrifice running through them all. In each story the protagonists are so passionate about the responsibilities they have assumed that they are willing to sacrifice it all to achieve their goal, whether that be saving a forest or caring for a child.
Garai’s style of writing takes us to the very heart of the emotion of his characters.

The Move
Gulliame is a good man, trying to do the right thing for his son and for the legacy
Alyssa Grace
And François realized, for the first time since he had been coming to this pond, that he was happy to be alive in this world with whatever little he had.

Short stories are a uniquely challenging medium. They require fitting exposition, conflict and conclusion into much fewer words than would usually be allotted for all those plot elements, not to mention pesky details like character development and message without which a story feels lost. As a result, I'm highly impressed by what Indrajit Ga
Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm changing my format for this review a little bit, because it seems weird to do my usual pros and cons and lumping all the stories into a single review, when they're all so different. 

The Sacrifice is a collection of three stories about three very different people that have one thing in common: they've all made a sacrifice for someone or something they cared about. I'll admit that I went into this book not expecting much, but I wa
Ste J
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Having previously had to decline this offering due to a mountain of other books needing their reviews done for their respective deadlines, I am appreciative of Estelle for offering me another opportunity to read and talk about these short stories, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Each of the three stories contained in volume 1 have plenty of themes both on the human and natural side. The reader will see the price of ‘progress’ and the loss it entails with the destruction of nature – which is neatly co
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This was an interesting set of short stories. I'm going to give a mini review of each story. Each story is set in France and I enjoyed the descriptions of the towns that each story takes place. The three stories touch on life, death, conservation, and other topics that make you think.

The Move showed me a father's devotion but the story is also a little dark. Guillaume has a dairy farm (or what we might consider a dairy farm) and sells his milk to a co-op. Well things aren't going well and this l
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This collection of short stories is an eyeopening and telling experience of human nature where complex topics such as strained relationships, heartache and financial hardships are explored from several points of view. The author narrates each character's stance with eloquence and the storytelling factor creates an engaging and yet easy to follow plot. As with many short stories, the focus is clearly on the plot rather than character development, howe
David Baird
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai is a series of 3 short stories which explores human nature, sacrifice, hope, despair and’s a real ride of emotions.

The Move, the first tale follows Guillaume, a dairy farmer struggling to makes ends meet and to keep his son fed..this certainly set the bar for the book as Gulliaume was such a positive character and managed to lighten the harshness of the tale at times.

It’s a real story of struggle and determination not to give up..and that ending! Wow.

Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Move:

This beautifully written short story follows Hugo a young boy who wishes to be exactly like his father, Guillaume who is doing his best to keep his farm for his son, and all their animals, cows, a loyal guard dog, and an aging goat. I never had a clue that I was going to fall in love so deeply with these characters and be so devestated by the problems they face. There is a simple happiness in this story and that is something I truly appreciate.

The Listener

This one in particular broke
Violet Daniels
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
A beautifully written collection of three short stories, all exploring the idea of human sacrifice intertwined within complex relationships. As short stories go, I found The Move and The Listener a bit slow going, as they contained little suspense to keep you reading. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the last story in the collection, The Sacrifice, and felt it included complex characters, suspense and explored interesting themes. The collection as a whole was enjoyable to read, but I felt the first ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection was very interesting to me. At first I was a little worried that the stories would be similar to each other and therefore redundant. No worries there, every loss was completely individual: the theme of sacrifice was shown in a great variety. They were all major decisions all for very different reasons, besides the fact that they were for family or a friend of sort. They were almost beautiful in a way.

One thing that I found interesting in the collection is that all the sacrifices
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sacrifice is a collection of three short stories all with a running theme of sacrifice. More specifically, personal sacrifice. All three are set in France, but the sense of necessary sacrifice is something I think many people can relate to.

In the first story, we learn of the sacrifices that a lifelong farmer is prepared to make for his son. A single father, Guillaume is doing everything to look after his son, and desperately trying to keep his ailing farm that once belonged to his father fro
Debby (Alwaysbooking)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book containing three short stories. Even though the last story is the only one titled Sacrifice, each novella contains a giant sacrifice made by one or more family members. I’m really not sure how to write this review without giving away many spoilers for the book, so bare with me if I ramble.

The writing style for this book was so unique. Almost instantly I felt compelled to just sit and continue reading without stopping. You are immersed into this world of ou
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think my favorite of these stories was The Move. It was easy for me to identify with because of the overwhelming love of animals present in that story, the struggles of farmers (my own grandfather was a farmer), and that it was about a Dad raising his child alone (I lived with my Dad growing up). The animals were such a strong presence in this story, but the overall theme was one of love, devotion, and how much we need each other in this world in order to feel complete – whether human or anima ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of three short stories and it only takes a few hours to read the book.

The Move: There was a lot of sadness in this short story, a father trying to save the farm his family had owned for years, and doing whatever it takes to try and make that happen. He also wants to protect his son from any hardships. Very emotional.

The Listener: A story about Matthew, a boy who didn’t have the greatest home life, but did find solace in a forest, especially from one tree. Then men start show
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"Indrajit Garai, an American citizen now, was born in India in 1965. After his Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology and Masters from Harvard, he worked as a corporate strategy consultant and as an investment banker in America, Spain, and England, while studying parallelly Ayurveda (ancient medicine of India) for stress management. In 2001, after the birth of his daughter, he moved ...more

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