Nancy Huston – Fault Lines

It’s the third book I’ve read this year, where the narrative goes chronologically backwards – the difference being, this time, it follows four generations of six year olds, starting in 2004 and ending in 1944-45. Sol, a six year old in 2004, believes the world revolves around him, and that he’s a genius. Brought up […]

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) […]

Toni Morrison – A Mercy

I finished this book over two weeks ago, and have been struggling to write the review ever since. I honestly hoped I wouldn’t have to drag it into the new year, but there you have it… This is the first Toni Morrison I’ve read, and I started the book with great trepidation. I’ve heard phenomenal […]

Simon Mawer – The Glass Room

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2009, Simon Mawer’s immense novel revolves around The Glass Room, or, Der Glasraum: A modernist house resulting from an architect whose maxim is ornamentation is crime. The conception of the house happens when Victor (a Jew, who owns an automobile manufacturing company) and Liesel Landauer are gifted a plot […]

Michelle Magorian – Goodnight Mr. Tom

This incredibly poignant well written story tackles various important and sensitive topics, some of which are still valid today, despite the book being set around the time of the second World War. Set in the English countryside, Michelle Magorian tells the story of Willie, a timid little specimen, who is an evacuee from London, and […]

Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan’s debut novel, The Joy Luck Club, is the first book by her that I have read. It is also the first book I’ve read with strong Chinese references, so I wasn’t quite sure as to what I should expect from this book. The Joy Luck Club is the story of four Chinese women who […]

Linda Grant – When I Lived In Modern Times

The year is 1946, Israel doesn’t exist yet, and Tel Aviv is part of Palestine. World War II has just ended, but, its aftermath continues, as the global map is changing. and colonialism is coming to an end. Evelyn Sert, a twenty year old hairdresser from Soho (London), sails to Palestine to be part of […]

Lloyd Jones – The Book Of Fame

Have you ever read a book, which fills you with guilt, because you haven’t really enjoyed it? For me, this book is Lloyd Jones’ The Book of Fame. I almost feel guilty about picking it up, because, when the book was being written, the author didn’t have a reader like me in mind. This is […]

Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children

The winner of the Booker Prize in 1981, the Booker of Bookers in 1993, and the Best of the Booker in 2008, this book is much-acclaimed and highly recommended. The New York Times claims: The literary map of India has to be redrawn… Midnight’s Children sounds like a continent finding its voice. And, I can’t […]

Philip Roth – The Plot Against America

This review has been outstanding for about a month and a half, and for that I apologize. I read it back when I was working towards a big deadline, and I just didn’t find time to review it back then. But here it is, now… I stumbled on to this book by chance. One of […]

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