hmm books i have read and loved... that is a loooonng list
many of these i read within this year and not just this summer
and consists of novels from both classics and popular contemporary fiction
1. Twilight in Delhi
by Ahmed Ali
setting is early 20th century ..the first decade i think... a beautiful tale of what was and will never be again.
2. City of Djinns
by William Darylmple
non-fiction ... stories from different strata of delhi society ... be it the British lady who lived and left at partition or the ones who stayed behind... the past and the present .. all amalgamated here
3. River of Fire
by Qurat-ul-Ain Haider
5. A Case of Exploding Mangoes
by Mohd Hanif
very witty and ironic. a (fictionalized) take of Pakistani President Zia's assassination
6. Taboo: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area
by Dr. Fouzia Saeed
non-fiction but given a narrative form ... a never seen before view of Heera Mandi ... the red light district of Lahore ... the culture here is a total subversion of the culture in say rest of the city .. I mean here women pray for daughters and think god is punishing them if a son is born
.... never knew that ... an absolutely fascinating read
.. though be warned .. it got a little preachy right at the end ...and oh it includes all aspects of this area .. the musicians for instance
okay .. what else did i read and liked ...
Cant remember any more about this area
However i m planning to read ...
1. The Kite Runner
and 2. A Thousand Splendid Suns
and I want to read all the novels by Kamila Shamsie ... Kartography
being the first one on that list
what i absolutely regret reading Buddha of Suburbia
by Hanif Kureshi .. a British Asian writer .. i hated this novel
When it comes to Western literature ...
1. Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy
in my opinion the only Thomas Hardy novel worth reading ... had to read Tess for an assignment and I ended up hating it bcos the Tess's misery really went OTT towards the end ....
2. Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen ...
a bit on the wacky side actually which is why i loved it i suppose
3. North and South
by Elizabeth Gaskell
hmm ...its a romance but social realism also comes in the picture here ... setting is a north English Industrial town and Gaskell brought forth the abject misery of the workers in these cotton mills ... loved the hero btw .. John Thornton
if interested a BBC short series (short as in only 4 hrs long
) on this novel has been uploaded on Youtube ... i ended up watching that first and than reading the novel
4. Wide Sargasso Sea
by Jean Rhys
Jean Rhys was a Caribbean writer ... this novel .. she wrote it as a prequel to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
. It is the story of Bertha Mason ... her life and marriage to Rochester ... loved it
5. Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
actually it is African Literature ,...anyway .. loved this one
setting is an African tribe ..
Novelist i would love to read .. Gabriel Garcia Marquez ... want to read A Hundred Years of Solitude
and Autumn of the Patriarch
One novel which i didnt like though everyone else in the world seems to love it Gone with the Wind
.. i loved Rhett Butler
... but Scarlett irritated me like anything ... i ended up throwing the novel away in frustration .... i had only finished half of it but havent bothered going back to it ...
One novel which is only recommended for those suffering from insomnia The Conservationist
by Nadine Gordimer .... i wouldnt be surprised if no one else has heard of the novel or the novelist ... read it as part of my literature course ... hated it .. and i hated it not bcos i was forced to read it but bcos it was utter crap
2. A Time to Kill, and the Street Lawyer John Grisham
3. Day of the Jackal, The Negotiator and Fist of God by Fredrick Forsyth
.... this guy is in the adventure thriller genre .. loved these three ... i mean with the Negotiator ... i wasnt able to fugure out the culprit(s) till the end ..
4. Kane and Abel, Sons of Fortune Jeffrey Archer
these novels spam decades and generations ... and i loved them
5. Beauvallet, Arabella, The Grand Sophy, Venetia, by Georgette Heyer
a note for those reading Georgette Heyer ... stay away from her novels with historical setting (only Beauvallet was good in that genre) her Regencies are the best
Want to read Atonement
and oh All Time Favorite ... other than Harry Potter series
...will have to be ... ermm ... The Alchemist
Edited by Arwen... - 16 August 2010 at 9:36am