Despite a few rough critics it encountered from some purists (especially of Indian origin), The Mountain Shadow, a sequel grandiosely written by the talented Gregory David Roberts, is as captivating as Shantaram, its predecessor. It has been published ten years later, in October 2015. I have read it with the same pleasure, because it was very catchy, almost as the first one. It seems a long read, some other nine hundred pages, but it's definitely worthy. If you loved Shantaram, you will love … [Read more...]
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"The Childhood of Jesus" is a very sensitive book written by John Maxwell Coetzee, an acclaimed South African writer who recently changed his location to Australia. It is his last book, or at least, it will be until September 21, 2016, when a sequel is scheduled to be published in the United Kingdom. That book's name is "The Schooldays of Jesus". The Childhood of Jesus - Plot Critics say that it has a lot of biblical references, hence the title. I consider it a fantasy utopia in a … [Read more...]
The Bastard of Istanbul is the sixth novel and the second one written directly in English by Elif Shafak. She is loved as much as her co-national Orhan Pamuk, the famous Turkish writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. They have two more things in common: they have been accused of "insulting Turkishness" and both were pardoned with excuses from lack of incriminatory proof. The reason for her being prosecuted is this very book, The Bastard of Istanbul, published in 2006, the … [Read more...]
I think that Rohinton Mistry's "A Fine Balance" is a book that can't be avoided if you want to read Indian fiction. It is extraordinary well written, it is present in any Top Books list about India, or just Bombay (even if I have recently found one by the British Guardian that listed "Family Matters" on an alleged Top 10 about Bombay, Mistry's 2002 third book). I have my own preferences about books on India, or on Bombay-Mumbai, but I haven't yet read all of the acclaimed books. What can … [Read more...]
After a lot of fuss and apparently different marketing methods, The Art of Social Media - Power Tips for Power Users, last book authored by Guy Kawasaki, was launched in December 2014, but until now I couldn't find the time to touch it. It was a very easy read for me, mostly because I am familiar with what they talked in there. "They" meaning Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick, his co-author, or better said, team mate, because the book was written only in Guy Kawasaki's voice. You can find and … [Read more...]
"Shantaram" is one of the best novels I have ever read, only that there are many novels I read and I liked a lot and considered of high quality. It is huge, but Vikram Seth's "A Suitable Boy" is huger. They both are so "readable" that you regret every time you put any one of them down. "Shantaram" reminded me of "Papillon", or better said, "Banco", the second in Henry Charriere's series of adventures, but the only resemblance is that the heroes, the authors themselves, were convicts and have … [Read more...]