Albert Camus – A Happy Death

The title, a contradiction in terms, was the first novel written by Camus, when he was in his mid-twenties. However, it was only published post-humously, and is considered to be a precursor to Camus’ more widely-acclaimed The Stranger (also known as The Outsider, to obfuscate matters). It has been a long time since I’ve read The Stranger, and the […]

Gabriel García Márquez – Leaf Storm

It’s been just over a year since I read Of Love And Other Demons, so I figured it’s time to read another book by one of my favourite authors. Well, not exactly. I had just pulled out four books from my bookshelf as I headed for a week long respite from reality, and ended up […]

Toni Morrison – Sula

Spanning almost forty-five years (1921-1965), Sula revolves around two best friends: Sula and Nel, and how their friendship evolves and implodes over the years. Growing up in a poverty-stricken black town in Ohio called Bottom, Sula is accustomed to men coming and going, as they please. Her mother and grandmother are fiercely independent women, and […]

Gabriel García Márquez – Of Love And Other Demons

Last year, I mentioned how I’m trying to read one book by Gabriel García Márquez every year. That was a resolution I made on reading my first novel by the Nobel Prize laureate (One Hundred Years of Solitude), but now – now, I’m thinking, why shouldn’t I read them back-to-back? That gives me ample time […]

Gabriel García Márquez – Chronicle of a Death Foretold

After reading One Hundred Years of Solitude some four years back, I decided to read one book by the Nobel laureate, Gabriel García Márquez, every year. This is the fifth book by Márquez that I’m reading, and I found it as brilliant – and different – as the previous four. The plot of the book […]

Doris Lessing – The Fifth Child

By virtue of Doris Lessing being a Nobel Laureate, her books have always intimidated me. The size of the one book I’ve heard about the most, The Golden Notebook, hasn’t really helped. However, when I stumbled upon The Fifth Child at the library, I felt as though I had to try reading at least one […]

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 […]

J.M. Coetzee – Life and Times of Michael K

Life and Times of Michael K won the Booker Prize in 1983, and it’s been one of Coetzee’s books that I’ve wanted to read for a really long time. The name intrigued me: who is Michael K? And, what is it about his life and times that merits a novel? The first thing the midwife […]

José Saramago – Death At Intervals

Death At Intervals (also published as Death With Interruptions) is an extremely surreal book by the Nobel Laureate, José Saramago. In a country (not necessarily futuristic), people have stopped dying one new year’s day, in spite of illness, accidents and life in general. The different strata of society react differently: people are initially joyous as they […]

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 […]

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