Category Archives: Book Review: Fiction

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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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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Book Review / Notes on Literature: Charmed Life (or keeping up with the Chants)

If you haven’t read it yet, if you have not encountered the many worlds of Diana Wynne Jones, I envy you. You have so much to look forward to. – From Neil Gaiman’s introduction to Charmed Life Diana Wynne Jones’s … Continue reading

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Book Review / Notes on Literature: When We Were Orphans

Over ten years ago a reviewer wrote, in an article on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel When We Were Orphans, which had then just been shortlisted for the Booker, that it was never easy to pin down an Ishiguro novel. After having … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Laughing Policeman: A Capsule Review

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö pull off a most remarkable feat in their iconic Martin Beck novel, The Laughing Policeman, by combining the grittiness, dogged determination, and sheer routine-driven pattern creation of the police procedural with Agatha Christie’s world of elegant solutions, extraordinary connections and brilliant … Continue reading

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Book Review: City of Glass: A Postmodern Detective Novella

A review of City of Glass, the first novella in Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy, first published in the December 2010 issue of The Banyan Trees. Do we know New York? Of course we do! There’s no city more … Continue reading

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