The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith: Book Review

The Autograph Man is the second novel by Zadie Smith, published in 2002 after the immensely successful ‘White Teeth’. ‘The Autograph Man’ is our protagonist – Alex Li Tandem, a Jewish-Chinese from London pursuing a career in collecting and selling celebrity autographs (plus other souvenirs). The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith The book begins with a Prologue … Continue reading The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith: Book Review

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Doomsday: Short Story by Younghill Kang

Doomsday is a chapter from ‘The Grass Roof’, the autobiographical novel by Younghill Kang, published in 1931. This has been adopted as a standalone short story too. Younghill Kang who was born in Korea and later immigrated to America, is deemed as an esteemed Asian American writer. He had to flee Korea in 1921 due to … Continue reading Doomsday: Short Story by Younghill Kang

Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian: Book Review

Soul Mountain (originally written in Chinese) is a novel by Gao Xingjian published in 1990. The book was translated into English by Mabel Lee in the year 2000. Gao Xingjian is a Chinese novelist, playwright and critic, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. Gao Xingjian is China’s first winner of the Nobel Prize … Continue reading Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian: Book Review

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Book Review

'Wuthering Heights' is the classic written by Emily Bronte that was first published in 1847. We could very well reach the three-hundred-years mark and may never find characters like Heathcliff and Catherine in Literature. Though, it is burdensome to read through the ruthless, selfish characters with no traits of redemption in this book. Sure, every story cannot be … Continue reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Book Review

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: Book Review

'To the Lighthouse' is the novel by Virginia Woolf published in 1927. The book takes you through various streams of consciousness of different characters. Indeed the narrative may let you think of ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ by James Joyce published in 1916.  It is the beautiful prose written by Virginia Woolf that captures … Continue reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: Book Review

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Review

Unaccustomed Earth is a collection of stories by Jhumpa Lahiri published in 2008. The book will definitely remind you of ‘Interpreter of Maladies’. Though this collection has no story set in India. Well, as customary, Jhumpa Lahiri serves us with Bengali protagonists in America, their identity crisis, generational gap and relationship issues in the foreign land. The typecast … Continue reading Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Review

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Book Review

‘The Palace of Illusions’ is written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, published in 2008. ‘The Palace of Illusions’ explores the beautiful premise of mythological retelling, and what better than to understand the epic of Mahabharata through the eyes of Draupadi. I began the book in an apprehensive way. Mahabharata has been told, a zillion times over, from … Continue reading The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Book Review

Still Alice by Lisa Genova: The book, the movie and Alzheimer’s up close

Still Alice is written by Lisa Genova published in 2007. The book was turned into a movie by the same title, released in 2014. Julianne Moore played the title character of Alice and won the award for Best Actress at the Oscar for her work in the movie. To give the premise, when Lisa Genova was a twenty-eight … Continue reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova: The book, the movie and Alzheimer’s up close

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse: Book Review

'Right Ho, Jeeves' by P.G.Wodehouse was created with the iconic characters of Wooster-Jeeves, published in 1934. P.G.Wodehouse’s classic is a breeze to read and keeps you smiling from ear to ear through the entire length of the book. The satirical writing on the Edwardian way of living focused on gluttony, match-making and social engagements makes the book … Continue reading Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse: Book Review

Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes: Book Review

Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel De Cervantes, published in two parts in 1605 and 1615. The English translation was published in 1612 and 1620. The book that I read is translated by John Ormsby. According to him, ‘This novel, a satire of romantic chivalry, provides a window on 17th century Spain.’ In the introduction, he … Continue reading Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes: Book Review

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman: Book Review

Pigeon English is written by Stephen Kelman. The book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2011.  “Grown-ups love sad news, it gives them something special to pray for. That’s why the news is always sad.” Pigeon English is narrated by Harri, an eleven-year-old boy. And, this is the beauty of this book; you understand the world … Continue reading Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman: Book Review

The Open Window: Short Story by Saki

'The Open Window' is a short story by Saki or Hector Hugo Munro, published in the collection ‘Beasts and Super Beasts’ in 1914. Open Window is an incredibly short story. And, within this small ambit of the writing format, Saki spins thrill, horror and comedy, all together so befittingly. This story is about an evening when Framton … Continue reading The Open Window: Short Story by Saki

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: Book Review

Neverwhere is Richard Mayhew’s rendezvous with London Under. Yes, in tandem with the normal London Above, there is an underside where dark creatures, rat-speakers, Earls and serpentines live a normal life, going about their business and visiting the ‘floating market’. Neverwhere is written by Neil Gaiman, published in 1996. Gaiman’s first novel was Good Omens in collaboration with Terry Pratchett. … Continue reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: Book Review

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie: Book Summary

‘There will be two heads – but you shall see only one – there will be knees and a nose, a nose and knees. Spittoons will brain him – doctors will drain him – jungle will claim him – wizards reclaim him! Soldiers will try him – tyrants will fry him…He will have sons without … Continue reading Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie: Book Summary

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: Book Review

Left Behind is the first novel in the series of 16 books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins published in 1995. Imagine you are on a plane and open your eyes to find people around you disappear. Their clothes, shoes and other belongings are left behind and their bodies have vanished midair. A similar phenomenon has gripped the rest … Continue reading Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: Book Review

The Ideal Family: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield

‘The Ideal Family’ by Katherine Mansfield was first published in a literary magazine in 1921. “You are an ideal family, sir, an ideal family. It’s like something one reads about or sees on the stage.” Katherine Mansfield loves to make the title of her stories literally perceivable of the theme. In this story, it is about the … Continue reading The Ideal Family: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield

Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson: Book Review

‘Sam’s Letters to Jennifer’ is written by James Patterson and was published in 2004. This book was an international bestseller.  ‘Sam’s Letters to Jennifer’ is an emotional roller coaster ride of love and loss and understanding the meaning of true love. “So many people just give up on love, even though love is the best … Continue reading Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson: Book Review

Pastoralia by George Saunders

'Pastoralia' is a short story by George Saunders published in ‘The New Yorker’ in the year, 2000. George Saunders won the prestigious O’Henry Award in 2001 for this short story. It is the unexpected setting of this story that captures your mind from the beginning. A portrayal of our lives in 21st century in the truest sense. We are … Continue reading Pastoralia by George Saunders

The Cask of Amontillado: Short Story by Edgar Allan Poe

The Cask of Amontillado is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, published in 1846. It was published in one of the issues of Godey’s Lady Book, a popular American Women’s magazine in the 1800s. And, I really wonder if women loved reading stories with such gory details of a crime! Did I enjoy? Perhaps, I did. … Continue reading The Cask of Amontillado: Short Story by Edgar Allan Poe

‘The Birds’ by Daphne Du Maurier: The short story and its movie adaptation by Alfred Hitchcock

‘The Birds’ written by Daphne Du Maurier was published in 1952. This story is a part of the collection called ‘The Apple Tree’. “Never heard of birds getting savage.” Then, this is the story to read. A horrifying tale of birds’ attack on humankind. The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier The story focuses on Nat Hocken, … Continue reading ‘The Birds’ by Daphne Du Maurier: The short story and its movie adaptation by Alfred Hitchcock