Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall

When Wolf Hall won the Booker Prize in 2009, I was slightly disappointed. It was one of those books on both, the longlist and the shortlist, that I didn’t want to read. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was, but there was zero motivation to read the book. A couple of weeks […]

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 […]

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 […]

Haruki Murakami – Kafka On The Shore

Surrealism. I’ve reached the conclusion that it’s the only word that can be used to describe Murakami’s books. Kafka on the Shore is no exception. Leeches and fish rain down, there’s a character called Johnnie Walker, and another called Colonel Saunders (of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame), a mysterious childhood “accident” results in one of the characters […]

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