Friday, December 5, 2008
Of the list, there are two that I really do want to read, Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth, and V.S. Naipaul's autobiography 'The World is what it is' written by Patrick French. The latter was covered in an article in the NY Times a few weeks ago, and it seems like Vidia as he is fondly called, really does share a lot about his personal life, the good, bad and the ugly.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Read more, there are also two Indian authors in the running -
The White Tiger and
Sea of Poppies.
Get the entire list HERE
Some interesting tidbits just for you (source: The Booker Webpage):
- The Man Booker International Prize can be won by an author of any nationality, providing that his or her work is available in the English language
- It is awarded every second year
- An author can only win the award once.
- In accordance with the rules of the separate prize for translation, if applicable the winner can choose a translator or translators of his or her work into English to receive a prize of £15,000.
Pic Source: www.manbookerprize.com
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I completed the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho a few weeks ago.
It was a book that people were talking about forever. And considering the hype it received, I was quite shocked coz much to my ignorance, I did not know it was a motivational book(yes, you can say it out loud - total DUH reader!). Hence, now when I think back of people who say they loved the book, I wonder, wow, did they really?
Its an easy read, simple and short story of a boy on the way to achieve his dream. Its interesting how the book wants you to make the analogies between things such as 'omens', or the significance of each place or project. e.g. the Pyramids, or the girlfriend, or the Alchemist himself.
It does make me feel proud that I chose my path, different and sometimes hard though it may have been, rather than stuck to the old-fashioned ways.
You go Santiago!!!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
But the book isn't a good example of representing that either. It was just OK by my standards. Am I a better person because I read this book? Perhaps not, it reiterated for me a lot of things I probably knew already. Still, dont we often read material where we know the content anyways, or at least think we do? (The Secret types.)
Tans, Chila and Sunita are the three characters in the book - all very unique in their personality with distinctive beliefs. The story revolves around the relationship among the three women and also among the people in their lives.
If this series does come my way in the far future, perhaps I will watch. But for now, I am back to my own non-ha ha hee hee life.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Alfred's Nose promises a great story (with a moral, dont we love that!), and good visuals. I wish to buy this book for my nephew, when he is older. I am actually not a fan of dressing dogs in human clothes, sweaters, mufflers, anything to help them stay warm - OK, anything more, Ugh. Yet, I think the moral of the book might make this entire thing interesting.
The book is written by Vivienne Flesher. You can check out a few pages HERE.
Friday, May 16, 2008
After the disaster with A Million Little Pieces, James Frey is now out with a new book – Bright Shiny Morning a book focused on
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Well, The Pig Did It, by Joseph Caldwell sounds like a book I'd like to read. It is about a guy who goes to his aunt's house to get through the rejection he faced by one of his students. He happens to cross paths with Mr. Pig who insists on following him around. The story continues as he embarks on a murder mystery.
I can't share more yet, but I envision it to be a charmingly, funny and thrilling murder mystery. What with a title like 'The Pig Did It', I hope it truly is just that.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
So a few months back I made my way to Barnes and Noble at Astor Place, and realised that I was one of over about a hundred fans. Ishmael is a short guy, very personable, with a hint of accent, but terribly clear in thought. I loved the way he paraphrased a question from the crowd for everyone, and answered it directly without losing his train of thought , or moving to another string of words. He even had a sense of humor...yeah yeah eligible guy you say. In this day and age when single people have a tough time finding a companion, I say that you should send your mom to a book reading and make a case! Some young things mom, did exactly that much to Ishmael's discomfort.
Anyways back to the point - Will write back when I have read the book.