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BOOK REVIEW: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“One flew east
One flew west
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest.”

When does a novel becomes a classic? When it’s digested by critics and teachers bit-by-bit. Not when it is adapted to a movie. However, I don’t fully agree with the existing theory of a novel being called a classic. And no, I am not discussing my theory of classic, at least today.

Before reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, I had never really thought about insanity, how it is dealt with, and how it relates to ideas such as freedom and morality. In this classic novel, Ken Kesey with a thought-provoking narrative by the half-white, half-Indian Chief “Broom” Bromden, who is a patient at a cruel and oppressive insane asylum. He pretends to be deaf and dumb, but he sees, and tells the reader, everything. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey”

Books, Fiction, Reviews, science fiction

You think surviving on Earth is a challenge, how about Mars?

The Martian by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You think surviving on Earth is a challenge, how about Mars?”

Labeled as a “survival thriller“, imagine Robinson Crusoe on Mars? It’s a tale of a man trying to endure alone on the incredibly inhospitable planet of Mars. But it’s not the tension of survival that makes Andy Weir’s debut novel brilliant, it’s the humor.

In the middle of nowhere, Mark Watney, a botanist and a mechanical engineer, without his crew who were forced by a dust storm to leave him behind, thinking he was dead, wakes up some time later to find himself stranded on Mars with a limited supply of food and no way to communicate with Earth or his fellow astronauts. Thus, Mark, with his good sense of humor and his “smart-ass” trait tries to overcome a series of increasingly tricky mental, physical and technical challenges just to stay alive, until finally, he realizes there is just a glimmer of hope that he may actually be rescued. Continue reading “You think surviving on Earth is a challenge, how about Mars?”

Books, classics, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The Last Man by Mary Shelley

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Critics consider The Last Man is Mary Shelley‘s most important novel after Frankenstein. Since I read Frankenstein, a few months back, my obsession with the author’s writing style grew and I wanted to gradually examine Shelley’s writing by reading her other works.Thus, I picked this 500 pages long novel that explores similar thematic concerns as in Frankenstein, though from a vastly different perspective. The nightmarish story envisions the end of humanity from a ruthless and inescapable plague. Full of heart-wrenching loss, The Last Man tests the resilience of humanity, as well as its capacity for sorrow and grief.

The storytelling starts at the constant node following the timeline in a similar manner though sometimes, with deep descriptive instances, somewhere it does feel a dragging and one might feel tempt to rush through it. These instances occur only a few number of times most notably when Shelley often passed over the moments of action or character growth with a short summary, but that certainly never affects her descriptions of places or emotional states. Rest of the book does leave a similar impact on a reader as Frankenstein (only, if you have read Frankenstein). Like many other Victorian authors, Shelley felt no need to rush the plot along, nor to curtail her flood of words. Luckily, she backed them up with ideas and feelings, so it was not merely the empty deluge of words. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Last Man by Mary Shelley”

Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessThe Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Power of Habit and Why and What we do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, a New York Times reporter, takes a reader to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

The book begins with anecdotal accounts of people who changed destructive habits in their lives. Many of these anecdotes are fascinating but one about of a man who had absolutely no short-term memory but was able to function as a result of habits already ingrained within him appealed to me. His case clearly demonstrates that there is something distinctive between one part of our brain and another.

In the book, Duhigg  tries, with his investigatory narrative by presenting various examples and stories of different people on different aspects of habits, to explain the basis of habit formation, and how can we change those habits. He expressively suggests that each habit whether regarding to smoking, drinking, eating high calorie food or even procrastinating one’s important tasks are all results of habits that have been optimized in one’s brain. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg”

Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: One Minute Manager by Spencer Johnson ans Kenneth Blanchard

The One Minute ManagerThe One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard

I followed Spencer Johnson from ‘Who Moved my Cheese?’ to the book, One Minute Manager, co-authored with Kenneth Blanchard, a simple, quick read that contain précised advice about how to manage oneself and people around him.

The book claims that millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide have followed The One Minute Manager’s techniques, thus increasing their productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. These very real results were achieved through learning the management techniques that spell profitability for the organization and its employees which is what the book tries to focus. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: One Minute Manager by Spencer Johnson ans Kenneth Blanchard”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Impulse by Reekrit Serai

I received this book in paperback as a signed copy by the author and I am thankful both to him and the publisher.

Impulse is a compilation of short stories written by Reekeit Serai and just as the stories the book is short, light and suitable for reading on a journey or while traveling as it can be finished a little over an hour. And that is the best thing about it. The rest of your journey will be worth spend by the thoughts and questions this book arouse in a reader’s mind. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Impulse by Reekrit Serai”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Business Doctors by Sameer Kamat

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Sameer Kamat is the founder of an MBA Admissions Consulting firm and a site about Getting published in India.

I received this book as Giveaway from Goodreads.com in exchange of an honest feedback and that does not affect or influence any part of this review.

BUSINESS DOCTORS by Sameer Kamat, an entertaining read, wraps reader’s attention towards itself by the concept of juxtaposing of management consulting and underworld mafia which also grabbed my attention from the moment I had it in my hands. Being curious about the mix and match of the administration world and the world of mafia, I end up finish reading it one go. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Business Doctors by Sameer Kamat”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Palo Alto by James Franco

James Franco, made his debut as an actor almost fifteen years ago but got famous for his role of Harry Osborn in Spider-Man trilogy. Three years, back, he made his literary debut with a collection of short stories called PALO ALTO, set among the Californian streets where Franco spent his own childhood.

This collection is a fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits, violent and harrowing. The book is made up of snapshots of life in Palo Alto as experienced and each story is told by a young narrator, felonious teenager who spend most of his/her time drink-driving, taking drugs, obsessing over sex and indulging in random acts of violence.  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Palo Alto by James Franco”