Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Vegetarian by Kang Han

My Rating: 3/5

Winner of 2016’s Man Booker International Prize, Han Kang’s  subtle written book, The Vegetarian is a surprise package. It’s a long form of a novella and divided into three parts, first published in 2007. However, the concept of this novel originated in 1997 when Kang wrote a short story titled, ‘The Fruit of My Woman’.  Set in modern-day Seoul, it tells the story of Yeong-hye, a home-maker, whose decision to stop eating meat after having a nightmare.

This leads to consequences for her and people in her family as the try to force her to eat meat. Relationships starts falling apart around her and everyone comes to a conclusion of her reaching the peaks of insanity.

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Books, classics, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Notes From Underground is not doubt one of the most challenging books I have read in years. It needs a reader’s attention from the page one and till the last page. It must be read when you aware that you are conscious and you are reading the book. This book needs time absorb in a reader’s intellect. It has the power of to kick you in your guts straightaway from the first line of the book. The narrator introduces himself as a man who lives underground and refers to himself as a ‘spiteful’ person whose every act is dictated by his spitefulness. Many people would say that Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella marks the beginning of the modernist movement in literature. Gustav Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis are some other contenders.

It is a two part novella and addresses the reader directly. First person narration is contributed by a forty something man, a retired mid-level government bureaucrat, who ruminates in his poor apartment. If somebody remember reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, they will some similarities between both of the work. Both works manage to share a solitary, restless, irritable protagonist and a feeling for the feverish.

This narrator is portrayed through Dostoyevsky’s words as a sensitive, intelligent, idealistic and morally paralysed. In the first part of the novel the protagonist, after introducing himself, complains about everything: industrial capitalism, scientific rationality, and any sort of predictive, mathematical model of human behaviour. He points out that some people love things which are not to their best advantage. His objection continues that the scientific trend is trying to define a way for a society that will function for man’s best advantage and the theory will prove a man to be a rational being and in this utopian society not a single man would need to suffer but the narrator argues that without suffering there will be nothing left that of a man’s desires. With the scientific way, the freedom to choose life in one’s own way also subsides. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Hear the wind Sing by Haruki Murakami

As Hear the Wind Sing is the first book published by Haruki Murakami, it’s also my first read of his works. It’s a short one day read, light and very easy language. It’s not the language which inspired me when I read this book, it’s the simplicity which Murakami uses in his writing. Not at all complex. A serious stress reliever and philosophical.

Hear the Wind Sing has a nameless narrator, quirky realistic characters, off-the-wall dialogue, lots of beer and cigarettes, some music and some literature. His characters are the last people one would expect to break into an emotional monologue. And yet Murakami brings out the sense of sadness and loneliness that lurks beneath the nonchalant exterior very well. Where this sadness emanates from, they know not. Just like us, sometimes we are sad without a reason and in that situation we do try to find a reason like a lost wanderer. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Hear the wind Sing by Haruki Murakami”

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WORLD OF FICTION

Books are written because an author wants to write and a reader wants to read. Fiction is a most read form of writing and it is the kind of writing that is not factual.

In the world of fiction, I am going to concentrate on four aspects of fiction: Flash Fiction, Short StoryNovella, and Micro Fiction.

Flash Fiction is small. They are short, short stories. Generally consists of 500 to 750 words. Well, if you think writing that many words is easy for you, think again. If you still think it is easy for you, well try to the limit. In my research a Flash Fiction does not exceed 1,000 words.

Short Story which is something between a Flash Fiction and a Novella. I love reading short stories. They give me enough to really satisfy my curiosity about the character and plot, bringing the story to a dynamic conclusion—all without leaving my chair once. That’s the hallmark of a short story. You should be able to read it in one sitting.

Normally, a short story range from 1,000 to 10,000 words but the genre also has a big part in it.

Novella. Five years back if you would ask me what a Novella is, I might have not known. And I have never written one. The length gives you room for more characters and more story. It pulls up short of a novel, making it the perfect size for avid readers with a short attention span.

Some writers want to call their 50,000 or 60,000 word manuscripts a novel. The culprit of this is probably National Novel Writing Month. It challenges you to write a novel in a month. The goal is 50,000 words. But if you ask a publishing company they would underline the words that  minimum is usually 80,000 words and can go as high as 240,000. But then we have the genre thing again.

Micro Fiction. It is tiny. Generally about the length of a Tweet or maybe a little longer than that.

Hopefully, my explanation of the specific terms was informative.

Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: SMOKE

SMOKE

by Nigel Bird

Smoke: A Novella

I finished this book today. There is no doubt that it is a hard read if you’re a sensitive person. I mean to say it features Scottish gangland brutality, often to the young or to women, and there are scenes of dog-fighting. It’s not a fun read. However, it depends on what you want from your reading. It was quite a new way of fiction for me. This book was no delight for me, but it might turn out for you. I have not experienced with the author’s other works and I feel reluctant to judge him by this novella. I won’t be spoiler as it’s a short read. I would still recommend this in case you’re interested in enjoying some new author or in reading this specific genre, please go ahead and give it a try.