Book Review #7: Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez

of_love_and_other_demons_0Over the last few months, one genre has attracted me a lot- Magical Realism. Magical Realism integrates a naturalistic and realistic narrative with surrealistic elements. It is a genre where the fantastic never looses track of reality, it is the supernatural within the bounds of the natural.

Subsequently I proceeded to acquire books by noted authors of the genre- Haruki Murakami, Gabriel García Márquez and (to some extent) Jostein Gaarder. Latin American authors are noted for Continue reading

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Book Review #6: Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes

31nf2blzda8l-_sx325_bo1204203200_I try to keep up with new releases as best as I can yet somehow a few books slip under the radar. Look Who’s Back, originally published as ‘Er ist wieder da’ in German was one such book. The English translation by Jamie Bulloch hit the markets in April 2014, but it was not until January 2016 that I discovered the book. It took me two months to finally obtain a physical copy of the book and a further 15 days to get down to reading it.

Look Who’s Back is the debut novel by German-Hungarian Continue reading

Book Review #5: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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As I set about exploring the dusty shelves of a second hand bookstore, I noticed a book which seemed to be pathetically out of place. A pearly white squalor in between a sea of yellow and golden. I picked it out only to discover that it was the movie tie in edition of The Lovely Bones. A book with white pages in a second hand bookstore? Of course I bought it.

The Lovely Bones is the second Continue reading

Book Review #2: Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

41vhdfdccul-_sy344_bo1204203200_At a certain point in our adolescent life, we are (at least most of us are) faced with a situation where uncertainty grips our endeavors. We find ourselves plowing through life with youthful vigor, doing everything we are supposed to when a question seeps into our consciousness, nagging at us like a woodpecker on a bark: To what end are we headed? We are just going through the motions of life unsure of what we want to do and be in the end.

I was in this stage when a friend recommended Haruki Murakami and particularly his book Sputnik Sweetheart to me. I bought the book online and impatiently awaited Continue reading

Book Review #1: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

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Sophie’s World (original title- Sofies Verden) is the fourth novel by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder. Originally published in Norwegian in 1991, the book was translated to English in 1995 by Paulette Møller. The plot follows the normal and dull life of teenager Sophie Amundsen which turns upside down when she receives two letters in her mailbox. One is an anonymous letter Continue reading