The English Teacher – R K Narayan

Contributor: Anwesa

Anwesa’s Rating: 3.0/5.0

GoodRead’s Rating: 3.7/5.0

Genre: Fiction

Review:

The touching tale of  man and wife, transcending the borders of life and death, the conscious and sub-conscious, essentially with a humane touch.Certainly a light read till the man loses his wife, thereafter it gets heavy.

A new dimension to marital affection and understanding.

Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri

Contributor: Anwesa

Anwesa’s Rating: 3.0/5.0

GoodRead’s Rating: 4.1/5.0

Genre: Fiction, Short Story

Review:

A collection of 9 short stories, mostly based on second-generation immigrants to America. A common thread of irony runs all through the book. The language is plain and simple. People who like Rabindranath Tagore and O.Henry will like this for sure.

 

 

Comments: It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in the year 2000 and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. It was also chosen as The New Yorker’s Best Debut of the Year and is on Oprah Winfrey’s Top Ten Book List.

Inferno – Dan Brown

Contributor: Vimal Thiagarajan

Vimal’s Rating: 4.5/5

GoodRead’s Rating: 3.7/5

Genre: Historical Fiction

Review:

After the Lost Symbol got lost forever in the climax, Dan Brown is back with a vengeance with a solid, suspense-filled and educational roller-coaster.As usual, it demanded some intense reading, google-imaging, and wikipedia. And as usual, it is a mixture of history, art, science, action, intrigue and a tad bit of romance. The plot is highly convoluted in typical Dan Brown fashion, and has more twists and turns than a speeding snake.One twist especially is so brilliantly executed that you will stop and go re-read a few pages before shaking your head and thinking, “You got me this time,Mr Brown!”.
Dan Brown delivers the character of Robert Langdon in exquisite detail,ably supported by a strongly-built support cast, once again providing us with a historical lesson nestled amongst harrowing action scenes and strong emotional situations.But unlike other Langdon books that extensively solve puzzles, this is about figuring out what puzzle one is trying to solve.It does not infer so much of Christinity but heightens a moral issue no one should overlook. With Dante’s inferno as the backdrop,and a nicely crafted antagonist,and seemingly unrelated things like Transhumanism,Genetic Engineering and Black plague, Brown bridges past, present and future to draw attention to a pressing and much-denied international problem – Overpopulation.For most part of the book, he sets us thinking and succeeds in creating a riveting dilemma, where you feel conflicted when you start seeing the bad-guy’s point.

There is enough action to keep one’s eyes glued to the book but if one is a bit impatient, he/she will be tempted to skip through the educational parts about the artistic intricacies of Florence,Venice and Istanbul. But those really are not only well-researched and amusing, but some info is privileged as well, as Dan brown’s fame lent him access to lots of secret passageways, tunnels and artifacts, which a common person might never have access to, even if he spends a fortune and tours Florence for a month. The ending was good as well, with a lot of moot-points to ponder. Overall, a very satisfying read for me.