Reviewing “The Great Gatsby”

If you’ve been keeping up with the reviews I’ve been posting over the past month or so, you’ll see that the writing style in almost all of them seems to verge on, for lack of a better term, the experimental. Everyone, since thought began, has been looking for new ways to depict the world that…

Reviewing “Wide Sargasso Sea”

I came to know about this book in less than ideal circumstances. A mentor of sorts used it to shame me. At that point, I knew nothing about the book or its author and it was implied that my lack of knowledge meant that I cared nothing for books. Needless to say, I was hurt and…

Reviewing “The ones who walk away from Omelas”

After having reviewed “Fahrenheit 451” I got to thinking about how someone can depict large ideas in a small span. In most instances trying to bring forward a philosophical idea, particularly through fiction, in a novella or a short story can come off as clunky and rushed. At that point you’re better off just writing…

Reviewing “Fahrenheit 451”

“We have everything we need to be happy but we aren’t happy. Something is missing…” Ain’t that the truth. I feel like there is a lot of misconception around this book. When I first picked it up I thought I was reading a book about government censorship but then I read from other places that…

Reviewing “Paris Spleen”

Charles Baudelaire does not need an introduction. If you have somehow not heard of him then just give him a quick google; wikipedia will tell you much more than I can. Suffice it to say that he is a very well known literary figure due mostly to his beautiful and twisted poetry that was modern…

Reviewing “Killing Stalking”

This is going to be a bit of a shift. I imagine that most of you in the internet sphere are aware of what Manga and Manhwa are, if however there is any doubt on the matter, let me explain it to you. Manga and Manhwa are comics, particularly comics from Japan and Korea respectively….

Reviewing “The Ocean At The End Of The Lane”

There is a reason why Neil Gaimen is one of my favorite authors. There are very few authors that can project a feeling with such startling clarity and he is one of them. If you have ever read a book by Gaimen then one thing would have definitely stuck with you, that is the tone…

Reviewing “Slaughterhouse 5”

We interrupt your previously scheduled programming for an interim review. I don’t know how reading books goes for you guys but I rarely read in an organised manner which is how I ended up reading Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse 5” instead of Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” which is going to get pushed till next week. I started reading…

Reviewing “The Sellout”

For any of you book lovers out there this book is something that you’ve at least heard of. Having won the Man Booker Prize last year and being one of the most politically charged, incisive, clever and just downright hilarious books I have ever read, I can see why its amassed the fame it has…

Reviewing “Hot Milk”

Levy’s writing style erratic and dream like as one would expect from a character who feels lost, trapped and is desperate to find a direction to go but too afraid of doing anything. The shifting nature of the style beautifully captures the ambiguity of this kind of thought as the certainty of the world is constantly shaken.

Reviewing “Giovanni’s Room

When people think of the idea of a room in literature, the first thought that we have is of Virginia Woolf’s “Room of one’s own”. In this work the room became a symbol of freedom through economic independence, however in the hands of James Baldwin the room gets transformed into a claustrophobic metaphor for restrictions…

Reviewing- “Maharani”

I must confess to being slightly disappointed in this one. I know of Ruskin Bond’s works mostly through a few Literary meets and through constant recommendations from my friends who seem to love him. It was through their assurances that I was compelled to read “Maharani” so perhaps part of the reason why the entire…