Booker #7: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan’s book won the Booker Prize in 2014, but it took me some time before reading it; though my friend kept telling how great it is, the blurb didn’t attract me at all. I then chanced upon it in Daunts and the lady on the cover was literally staring at me. Thus I bought it….

Read: The Collector (John Fowles)

I noticed this book on a huge table dedicated to compelling reads in Waterstones. The blurb was tempting enough, but I preferred checking it out online first before buying it. It turned out that it is one of the most popular classics published by Vintage. It was easy to find out why. The Collector is…

Thomas Keneally, Schindler’s Ark

”The resistance claimed that ten thousand murders on a given day were within the capacity of Auschwitz Two. Then, for the Łódź area, there was the camp at Chelmo, also equipped according to the new technology. To write these things now is to state the commonplace of history. But to find them out in 1942,…

Alice Munro’s Stories#2: Dear Life

Alice Munro is very easily among the greatest authors to have ever lived. As far as short stories are concerned, I don’t think we will ever see the like of her again. To be so consistent over so many years with so many stories in so many collections, you have to be a once-in-a-lifetime author.

Booker#6: The Sea

I loved Never Let Me Go in 2013. It had the feel and originality of a Booker Prize winner. Of course, it was also very well written. It was hard to believe though that it was a mere runner-up.Indeed, there was a tie in the jury’s decision as to which book should be awarded the…

Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

”People in Stamps used to say that the whites in our town were so prejudiced that a Negro couldn’t buy vanilla ice cream. Except on July Fourth. Other days he had to be satisfied with chocolate.”