Category Archives: Book Review

Notes on Reading and Literature: My Ten

A while ago, readers on Facebook were tagging each other to list out their ten favourite books. I was tagged too. And since I like making lists, I made one. It had over thirty titles. To whittle it down to … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature / Reading: Lit Theory, Modernism, Structuralism, and Contemporary Fiction

I have been fascinated by postmodernism for quite a long time. However, I was truly bitten by the lit theory bug only when I read A.S. Byatt’s Possession. Since then, I have been craving fiction peopled by literary theorists and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lud-in-the-Mist

The first couple of pages of Hope Mirrlees’s novel are filled with deceptively charming descriptions of the quaint and picturesque Lud-in-the-Mist, a city of merchants at the confluence of two rivers, the Dapple and the Dawl, in the country of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Long Earth

A sequence of strange, striking scenes opens The Long Earth. The most unique among these, and certainly the most poignant, is a solitary childbirth—a childbirth so solitary that, for a brief moment, the new-born child is the only conscious being … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Leopard

Sicily is Sicily—1860, earlier, forever. So writes Giusseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa in a letter describing The Leopard to Baron Enrico Merlo di Tagliavia. This idea—of an immortal, unchanging land that defines its people—is at the heart of his novel. And … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature / Book Review: The Wee Free Men

I just finished reading The Wee Free Men and, for once, I wanted to put down my thoughts with as much spontaneity and minimum mulling as possible. So here they are. Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men is, among other … Continue reading

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Book Review / Notes on Literature: Brief Thoughts on “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”

Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a novel that’s easy to like, even love. This is due in large part to the hypnotic narrative voice of Changez, its first person narrator-protagonist. The novel is set up as an apparently casual … Continue reading

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