Fiction

Kane & Abel

Kane & Abel

Good books have the power to stay with you and linger around in your mind long after you have read its last line. Though many such books exist, chances of you laying your hands on such a book depends entirely on your luck or based on the recommendation of someone else who has read it. In case any friend of mine is in such a situation, “Kane & Abel” is one book I would recommend to him without any second thoughts. The book follows the lives of the two protagonists Abel Rosnovski and William Kane who are born on the same day under opposite...

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Only Time Will Tell – Jeffery Archer

Only Time Will Tell – Jeffery Archer

Rumoured to be the first of a series of five books, ‘Only Time Will Tell’ takes you on a journey of a young lad Harry Clifton, through his highs and predominant lows, his struggle to live a life and the countless sacrifices made by the people around him. Now, before I get into the insights of the book, I wonder what could be the reason behind Jeffery Archer coming out of his contemporary writing style and writing a full- fledged series. Could it be the enormous success of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series? Your guess is as good as mine! ‘Only...

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44 Charles Street

44 Charles Street

A magical transformation takes place in Danielle Steel’s luminous new novel: strangers become roommates, roommates become friends, and friends become a family in a turn-of-the-century house in Manhattan’s West Village. The plumbing was prone to leaks, the furniture rescued from garage sales. And every square inch was being devotedly restored to its original splendor—even as a relationship fell to pieces. Now Francesca Thayer, newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a struggling art gallery, and suddenly the...

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On the Wings of Kurja: Short Stories

On the Wings of Kurja: Short Stories

Despite the differences in culture and civilization, social customs and tradition, Man’s nature and instincts are basically the same everywhere. At some point or the other in a person’s life, vices like greed, selfishness and jealousy raise their ugly head. But wise are those who realise these vices through some incident and adapt themselves to the path of virtue speedily. This book by Hari Prakash Rathi is a collection of fourteen short stories selected out of his entire works and translated in English. The author has churned out six books...

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Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide

Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide

The author of The Glass Palace establishes this novel in two mindboggling parts commencing with The Ebb and then pursued by The Flood! Both parts of the novel are tantamount of the Hungry Tide as Ghosh personifies it to be. The novel dives straight into introducing two major characters in the novel, Kanai Dutt, who in turn couldn’t help noticing Piyali Roy’s loose cotton pants, oversized white shirt and the “silver stud, glinting brightly against the sun-deepened darkness of her skin.” The rustic novel of fiction is born between the rugged...

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THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman

THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman

It was inevitable that some alert novelist would think of this: In seeking to build a memorial on the site of the 9/11 disaster, a select committee chooses an anonymous winner. Toasting one another with champagne, they open the envelope. The winner is: Mohammad Khan. He’s an American citizen, born of Indian parents who emigrated in 1966. He isn’t religious. He’s a young architect, on an upward track. Most people call him Mo. But his parents are Muslim. And there’s that name. The committee is in turmoil. The choice has not been unanimous, and...

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The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend

One day Eva, a wife and mother, bolts the front door and goes to bed in the middle of the day. She is not ill. She is not tired. And most definitely she is not having an affair. She’s simply had as much as she can take. When her husband Brian gets home he’s furious. He can’t get in for starters. And after he is forced to break into his own house he demands to know where his dinner is. Eva shrugs – that’s his problem. His wife, Brian decides, is having a nervous breakdown. He telephones his mum. But neither Brian’s nor Eva’s mother are any...

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Letters from an Unknown Woman By Gerard Woodward

Letters from an Unknown Woman By Gerard Woodward

Coming of age stories are common, but seldom has a story involved an adult and been written by the opposite sex. In Letters from an Unknown Woman, author Gerard Woodward captures the angst of a woman living in 1940s Victorian England. Tory Pace lived with her mother, Mrs. Head, as she insisted upon being called, outside London while her three children were evacuated to the countryside and her husband was a German prisoner of war. At first blush, Letters from an Unknown Woman reads as a humorous tale, but the surface humor gives way to the...

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The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

Julian Treslove is having an identity crisis. He’s not sure where he stands on circumcision, on Israel and Palestine, on Holocaust memorials, on pretty much every aspect of Jewish culture in contemporary London. But the real problem with Julian’s identity is that he’s not at all Jewish — not that the simple fact can stop him from obsessing about Jewishness for the duration of “The Finkler Question,” which was awarded England’s Man Booker prize. As the novel opens, Julian, 49, has left a dinner with his old...

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The Sly Company of People Who Care – Rahul Bhattacharya

The Sly Company of People Who Care – Rahul Bhattacharya

Guyana – where is it? Africa? Wrong: It’s in the northeast corner of South America, nestled up to Venezuela. So the people are Hispanic, right? Wrong again: descendants of coolies from India make up almost half the population; Africans, 30 percent; followed by Portuguese, Chinese and mixed race in descending order. Oh, and the indigenous people, less than 10 percent. Whites, 0.06 percent. Bhattacharya plunges us into this almost-unknown melting pot (it used to be British Guinea), and the culture shock is extreme. A sports writer from India...

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