The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

After plodding through the last few books, “The God of Small Things” was a refreshing change. It drew me in, into the lives of Estha and Rahel, into Kerala, Ayemenem, onto love and its fragile boundaries, easily crushed by blind traditions, by selfish, hypocritical motives. What Arundhati Roy achieves in her debut novel, her only […]

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The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer

Mehring, a shrewd, successful business tycoon based in South Africa and a sexually prolific if slightly depraved man, buys a farm, somewhat on a whim. It becomes a sanctuary for him, where he escapes on weekends to get away from his stereotyped world and also supervise its functioning, Jacobus and the rest of the black […]

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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

Paddy Clarke is not a funny story. The overwhelming feeling is one of palpable sadness, despite several humourous episodes, especially towards the earlier parts of the book. Ten year old Paddy, the eldest son of a large Irish family in fictitious(?) Barrytown of the sixties, thoroughly enjoys the company of his friends – Kevin, Liam, […]

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Book Awards Reading Challenge

Here’s motivation for the coming days. The ones finished have links to review pages. Commonwealth Writers’ 1992 – Rohinton Mistry, Such a Long Journey 1994 – Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy 1996 – Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance   Booker 1974 The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer 1981 Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie 1989 The Remains […]

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