Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita

It’s taken me a little over a month to finish this book, and I must say, it’s probably one of my greatest reading accomplishments ’til date. I found the first eighty-four pages tremendously trying, the next one-hundred-and-fifty odd pages amazing, and I was actually totally hooked to the ‘Book 2′ of this intimidating classic. At […]

Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man And The Sea

I have an absolutely ancient copy of this book lying around, and it’s actually bizarre that I’ve not read the book yet – it’s just 114 pages long! Published in 1974, the book cost just 30p at the time (US$0.45)! The book costs £7.99 now… let’s keep that musing for another day! The Old Man […]

Muriel Spark – Loitering With Intent

There’s a thin line between reality and fiction; they oft’ reflect each other very closely, so much so that the line is indiscernible. But – what happens when reality starts imitating fiction? That’s the basic premise of Spark’s 1981 novel, starring Fleur Talbot: an aspiring writer in London in the 1950s. She’s writing her first […]

Sarah Waters – Affinity

In a world where twenty-seven year old women are called “spinsters” and they aren’t allowed to study further, despite being inclined towards academia, where they still need their mother’s permission to carry out certain activities, and where they’re bound by society’s rules and regulations, this story is about a woman desperately trying to find her […]

Truman Capote – Breakfast At Tiffany's

“Charming” – That’s the first word that came to mind when I turned over the last page of this novella. I haven’t seen the Audrey Hepburn movie, so I didn’t really know much about the plot (maybe I really do live in my own little cocoon) prior to reading the classic. There’s Holly Golightly, who […]

Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex

I was born twice: first as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974. So opens Eugenides’ epic novel, Middlesex. Calliope “Cal” Stephanides was declared a girl when she came into this […]

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

Mee invited all Pride and Prejudice first-timers to a readalong in February. I’d like to start this post by apologising for not finishing the book in the second month of the year itself, but, I got sidetracked with a couple of other things, and well, you know how it goes… Pride and Prejudice is my […]

Muriel Spark – A Far Cry From Kensington

Sometimes, I wonder about myself. Half way through this Fantastic February Female Frivolities (I like alliterations, love double alliterations…), I realised I hadn’t picked out a single Virago Modern Classic. Like I said, sometimes, I do wonder about myself. Anyway, the minute this hit me, I reached out for the first VMC I could find […]

Sarah Waters – The Night Watch

Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch is the third novel I’ve read by her, and it’s as different as the previous two as it can be. While one was a gothic ghost story set in Warwickshire (The Little Stranger), the other was a Victorian thriller (Fingersmith). And then we have this: a book set (mostly in) […]

David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas

In January 2009, I was introduced to the wonderful world of David Mitchell by a friend, who lent me the surreal number9dream – a book I absolutely loved. She proceeded to lend me Cloud Atlas next, and it’s been sitting abandoned on my unread shelf for about a year now, as I’ve been reluctant to pick […]

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