Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders | Book Review

I had read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders overcome by the hubbub of its winning the Booker Prize in 2017. Back then, I felt sour about spending a hefty amount on a book that wasn’t historical fiction in the true sense though it promised to be about Abraham Lincoln and his deceased son. … Continue reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders | Book Review

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino: Book Review

A remarkable maze to get this book…is the book! ‘A Romance of the Reader’ said the headline of the review on ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ published in the New York Times in 1981. What better than this headline to summarise this amazing book!  ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ is a … Continue reading If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino: Book Review

The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: A futuristic fiction around Malaria with a bit of Supernatural

The Calcutta Chromosome is an experiment at best, a motley of science fiction (or medical fiction if such a term exists) and a supernatural thriller. The research aspects on Ronald Ross, the recipient of the 'Nobel Prize for Medicine' for his discovery of the transmission of malaria by mosquitoes in 1902, are brilliantly portrayed. It … Continue reading The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: A futuristic fiction around Malaria with a bit of Supernatural

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

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

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