Vladimir Nabokov – Laughter In The Dark

Congratulate me, for I’ve finished my first Nabokov. Some four years back, I attempted to read the much acclaimed Lolita, but failed to finish it for it was way too disturbing. I must give it another try. My second foray into Nabokov’s world was far more successful though. Not only did I race through the book, […]

Angela Carter – Nights At The Circus

When you start a book by Angela Carter, there’s only one thing that’s certain: you have no idea what you’re in for; nothing’s too crazy, nothing’s too bizarre. And of course, that’s why you love Angela Carter. Okay, scratch that. That’s why I love Angela Carter. A story partly inspired by the myth of Leda […]

Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey

Despite being the first novel that Austen started writing, Northanger Abbey was only published posthumously. It’s the second book by the much-acclaimed author that I have finished, and while I thought Pride & Prejudice was significantly more enjoyable, this book was quite readable as well. I concede that readable isn’t a very encouraging adjective for […]

J.D. Salinger – Catcher In The Rye

As some of you might already know, The Catcher In The Rye is one of my favourite books of all times. I’ve read it, and re-read it, and then read it again. At the age of fourteen, the first time I read it, I fell in love with Holden Caulfield. A decade later, I still […]

Muriel Spark – The Driver’s Seat

Oh, for such a small novella (tautology?), The Driver’s Seat covers so much, with a dark plot, completely mental characters and just bizarreness all around! Lise, a thirty-something year old woman, is stuck in a dull office job for a decade or so, and she’s about to embark on her first vacation. At the very […]

Sarah Winman – When God Was A Rabbit

What an amazing name for a book! That was the first thought that came to me when I saw this book at Waterstones. The gist sounded promising enough, and you’ve got to give a book with such a title a chance. And so I did. The initial chapters are indeed promising. However, as you keep […]

Alice Munro – Too Much Happiness

Too Much Happiness is a collection of short stories by internationally-acclaimed writer, Alice Munro. Not being a big fan of short stories, I always start a collection tentatively, not really expecting to enjoy it, but hoping to be pleasantly surprised. Munro’s Runaway, for example, was fantastic. Too Much Happiness is a bit of an ironic […]

Anita Brookner – Hotel Du Lac

Belated birthday wishes to Anita Brookner, and a day late, but a happy International Anita Brookner Day to the rest of you. Some time back, I decided to re-read Anita Brookner’s Booker-winning Hotel du Lac a few months back, as part of Sarah’s Not A Rat’s Chance In Hell, and last week seemed to be the […]

Colum McCann – Let The Great World Spin

New York, 1974. The magnificent twin towers are unveiled to the world, and the consensus is that they are ugly compared to the splendid sky-scrapers that grace the New York skyline (the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Centre etc). But, a marvelous feat from an athlete, Philippe Petit, almost changes the perception. Petit […]

Téa Obreht – The Tiger’s Wife

Téa Obreht, at the age of twenty-five, won the Orange Prize for her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, which was given to me as a birthday present on my twenty-sixth birthday. In the blogging universe, the opinions on the book were widely divided, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Almost immediately, I was […]

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