Book Review: Dove’s Lament by Kirthi Jayakumar

People living in more safer places take peace for granted.

There are some books that make you pause and think. That can be attributed to the themes pursued in this book as well as the writing style.

Kirthi’s writing is layered, the language evocative, the emotions raw and painful.

Such level of writing can only be a result of caring deeply about something you truly believe in.

The writing is like tasting something good; you savour it; and the taste lingers; certain phrases and sentences stay with you; you re-read some of them.

All-in-all this is a very satisfying read that makes you introspect.


Book Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

This has been on my reading list for a long time. The language was exemplary, smooth and lyrical. Masterful stuff. That said, I did find the material smutty; not bad smut; literary smut; tasteful smut; but, smut nevertheless. As it deals with a bold theme, there was a sense of grimness pervading throughout the book; a sense that no matter what, it was not going to end well. That perhaps does not make it an easy read.

Dubliners..not a book review

Finally finished reading James Joyce’s Dubliners, a collection of 15 short-stories. I had been reading it for a couple of years. That for me is the problem with short-stories. I take liberties with them. I read one, then abandon the book and come back to it much later. I took less time reading Gone with the Wind!
So I shall not say how much I liked Dubliners. I remember liking a few stories; I immensely liked the last one (“The Dead”).

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson- Book Review

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson was on my to-be-read list of 2014. So it was a pleasant surprise when I received it as a gift and I started 2015 with it. The plan for this year is to read great works, especially those I have not gotten to read till now. Life after Life is definitely a step in that direction.
Life after Life was an excellent read that keeps you hooked through the 600 odd pages. The theme of getting multiple chances to relive a life is something I found quite appealing. The characters -the main ones- were very likeable and their choices seemed justified. The back-and-forth trips in time did not hinder the narrative and did not seem forced. The writing was beautiful and was laced with wit, humour and an occasional dose of cynicism.