Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: All That Man is by David Szalay

Published: April 2016 by Vintage

Pages: 448, Kindle Edition

Cover Rating: 5/5

Listed for THE 2016 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

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Over 400 pages, in David Szalay’s latest book, All That Man is, you get to vivisect the man part of our species by dwelling into nine different stories that are equivalent to nine different specimens of the male gender. Each man is younger than the next one and are away from home in a country in Europe. In one interview to a magazine, David told that he wanted to entitle the book Europa.

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BOOK REVIEW: Psycon by Varun Tejwani

Published: April, 2017

Pages: 236

Cover Rating: 4/5

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When I picked Varun Tejwani’s new book PSYCON, I was amazed by how simple yet curiosity arousing cover filled with darkness. Cover does play an important role in attracting a reader towards the book and conveys the message before any page is flip. I expected the same with the plot of this book.

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BOOK REVIEW: Spoilt for Choice by Poornansh Shrivastava

Pages: 210

Published: May 2017 by Half Baked Beans

Cover Rating: 4/5

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Spoilt for Choice by Dr. Poornansh Shirvastava is a different type of story. It’s a reincarnation of a teenage boy to a man through struggles and achieving one’s own dreams. This work of fiction is semi-autobiographical consists a story of a boy among 200 Riders who participate in motorcycle racing every season to conduct for the final round that leads to one champion.

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BOOK REVIEW: Is it the last Call? by Tarak Koley

Published: 2017

Pages: 198, Paperback

Cover Rating: 5/5

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Abir a fickle-minded, aimless guy comes in acquaintance with Sunanda through facebook. Sunanda is totally different by nature from Abir. After spending few days in facebook they fall in love in spite of their social barrier. As Sunanda has never revealed her face before meeting to each other, Abir becomes speechless when he meet with her first time after two months of their relationship. Abir turns into a different guy, he starts to quit all his bad habit for the benefit of his relationship.

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BOOK REVIEW: The False Spy by Nirmal Ajwani

Published on April 28, 2017 by Zobra Books

Pages 290, Paperback

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Memoirs are a source of telling the truth. I have read many of them in past, but never written by a military personnel. The False Spy by Major Nirmal Ajwani of Indian Army who with among others was framed under Samba Spy Scam in which 50 army persons were arrested by the Military Intelligence authorities under the charge of spying for Pakistan.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Most of the times when you see a book, you read its blurb at the back of the cover and then only few remains in your memory. Until you go to a deep sleep or you pick the book and start reading it. That’s what happened with me when I took William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury in my hands.

The title of the  novel is taken from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, act 5 scene 5. It’s a tragedy. This is not a spoiler, I am just making you aware of what you have to deal with once you are deep down a hundred pages. The tragedy is about Compson family in America, featuring Caddy, Benjamin, Quentin, and Jason. Four siblings who are synonyms of rebel, immature, sensitive and obsessive, and brutal. It consists of four chapters, and the first two ones are the most difficult ones I have read.

The first chapter use a narrative technique known as the Stream of Consciousness. You might have seen it in James Joyce’s Ulysses but in Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, the mode is at its best. Nobody could have written it better. Or someone might, but that’s just a rational hypothetical converse. The second chapter is the silver lining between intelligence and torment. It stretches the narrative technique to its extreme. There are no punctuation at times to associate with the stream of text so one has to read it very carefully. The non-linearity of both the chapters will highly demand one’s attention. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner”

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BOOK REVIEW: A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

Only few writers have a peculiar calmness and soothingness in their narrative voice. Kazuo Ishiguro is one of them. I thought my fascination with Japanese writers ended a few months ago, when I read Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore. But then I found Kazuo Ishiguro. His narrative voice, as I observed in Never Let Me Go and A Pale View of Hills, is mild and relaxing to a reader’s mind.

A Pale View of Hills tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living in England. Dealing with the recent suicide of her daughter, Etsuko attempts to reconstruct events and figure out what happened by dwelling on her past and the time when she was living in war-torn Nagasaki. She recounts being pregnant with her daughter, living with a cold, domineering husband, and her strange friendship with a mysterious woman and her young daughter.

This book is a short read, you won’t even know when it might get over. That’s exactly what happened with me. I read it in one go. I have already told you about narration. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro”