Author Interview: DAN BURI

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The man himself: Dan Buri

THE WRITING PART

Q. Hi Dan and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

First off, let me say thank you for hosting me on your site, Aman. You have a wonderful blog! This is a great place for us all to indulge in our shared love of reading and writing. Thank you for your excellent content. I am grateful to be here and hopefully I have the opportunity to get to know your audience better.

I grew up in the Midwest in the States with four brothers and one sister. I moved out to the beautiful Pacific Northwest a little over ten years ago. I am a patent attorney with an engineering background, which is what I spend my days doing when I am not writing. I have a beautiful wife and amazing two-year-old daughter who cracks me up daily.

Q. When did you decide that you want to be a writer?

I can remember writing as far back as middle school. It’s something I have always enjoyed doing. You say in your About section that reading is like oxygen for you. I guess writing is like that for me. Writing has been something I have always enjoyed doing myself and admired in other people. Story telling is a beautiful gift. I love learning to hone the craft.  Continue reading “Author Interview: DAN BURI”

BOOK REVIEW: The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg’s THE ISLE OF YOUTH is a collection of seven engaging short stories exploring the lives of women mired in secrecy and deception. Each tale is spun with urgency, and the reader grows attached to the marginalized young women in these stories. I have already confessed a few times that I do not read much short stories collection, but reading this one has affected my view regarding the short stories.

Brilliantly written, dark, unsettling stories with original voice, every narrator/protagonist dealing with their own loneliness in a way we all want to deal with. The best story I feel this collection conveyed me is entitled ‘Antarctica’  based on the Antarctic Peninsula, where a woman with holding others secrets, adrift by the lives of her closed ones, Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg”

Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and Other Prose Writings by Sylvia Plath

Being endured by an obsession with Sylvia Plath, I had waited too long to get my hands on this book. This is book is interesting for a multitude of reasons. The main reason being it’s Sylvia Plath’s proses, not poems. Previously, I had read The Bell Jar and her Journals, and certainly I was more fascinated by her journals rather her only novel.

This collection of her proses, short stories and a few pieces from Cambridge notes which were sad but also enthralling, written in time and some published here and there while others not, starts with a Ted Hughes introduction. Continue reading “Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and Other Prose Writings by Sylvia Plath”

PULP FICTION, Anyone?

No, I am not talking about Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction here. But what is Pulp Fiction anyway? The real pulp fiction goes back to the magazines that used cheaper pulp paper in order to sell in great volume to a voracious reading public. These magazines had their heyday in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.

It was fiction for the people, for the guy on the crowded subway going to work, or the busy mother with five kids who got a little reading time at night. It was for the people who wanted to be caught up in a fictive dream. It was not written in a style aimed at some elite literati. Continue reading “PULP FICTION, Anyone?”

SURPRISE FROM HTBRUNCH: UNNATURAL CREATURES BY NEIL GAIMAN

SURPRISE FROM HTBRUNCH: UNNATURAL CREATURES BY NEIL GAIMAN

Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman

Thanks to HTBrunch for motivating me to read more, by gifting this book. It’s great to be a part of#BrunchBookChallange (which I posted about, two posts back).

BOOK REVIEW: UNACCUSTOMED EARTH BY JHUMPA LAHIRI

I must say I do not enjoy reading short stories. Especially, a collection of short stories, otherwise if they are properly dramatic and structured, I would read only one or two stories from it. Rarely do I finish a whole book of short stories and this time I did. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri is the collection of eight stories which proves that she indeed is a better writer than the other Indian Authors I have read in my lifetime. She understands the experience she wants a reader to enjoy while reading her words. Her writing style is very natural and effortless and the way she care about each and every character she makes is one thing to be learn from her writing. A reader without much effort can indulge him/her-self into the imaginary world she weaves with her words and the experience in that neverland will be unforgettable.

My favorite story from the book is Year’s End which in itself is a part of trilogy of three short stories. You can also say they make a novella. But that’s not for me to decide. Year’s End is a first person narrative and the second part in the trio. All three stories revolve around two characters: Hema and Kaushik. The essence of this particular story, Year’s End, The emotional touch Lahiri has given in the story. On reading, some might find the story a bit too emotional but I say that a bit too emotions are necessary to continue the story forward, thus a big part of the plot. It is good to read emotional stories sometimes, only if they are properly written as Lahiri has done. This story in which Kaushik tells his part of the story. The way he and his father’s awkward relationship is portrayed  as after one incident is the way of showing how can vulnerable and sensitive is human life. One whole incident can make the surrounding change so fast and you’ll end up fighting a paradoxical war with yourself.

It is still one of the best collections of short stories I have read. Lahiri credits William Trevor with being one of her inspiration. This is quality stuff. It is a book you will keep on your shelves and return to time and time again.

CURRENTLY READING

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri