Monday, December 29, 2008

2008 Read- Part II

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Attention, Deficit Disorder: Brad Listi’s Attention Deficit Disorder is a touching story about a hero who searches for an answer to his ex girlfriend’ suicide. His journey, sort of spiritual, takes him to various places from Cuba to Appalachian trial and finally to The burning Man in Nevada. The book touched a chord with me. A very good read. It reminded me of a loss that I underwent in my early days.

The Other Side Of Silence: Bill Pronzini is another novel about a hero‘s search for peace after a divorce in resolute Nevada Landscape. But his life turns into a battle for survival when he steps to help a beleaguered women’s fight for the custody of his son. A good read with a surprise ending.

Rebecca: Daphne De Maurier‘s timeless classic is my second time reading. It never failed to diminish my interest even for a moment.

Based on The Movie: Billy Taylor’s debut novel is about film making in Hollywood. A camera dolly grip is troubled by his impending divorce finds himself to assist his ex-wife’s lover in a film shooting. He has a long time ambition to direct a movie. How he sabotages him and robs the director’s chair under his nose is told in a hilarious way.The funniast book I read this year

A Tiger For Malgudi: During my college days when I started reading English fiction I didn’t have access to many books. But R.K.Narayan books are exception. The Sami and his Friends and Guide are my favorites. A Tiger for MalgudiI is his last novel before his death. The story is about a tiger and its spiritual journey. A tiger escapes from jungle but gets trapped by a Circus man. After many of its ordeal a sadu from a forest tames it and takes it back to forest. The story is told in first person by the tiger. R.K.Narayan is always famous for his humor. A little bit of Indian philosophy is there in the novel.

Andromeda Strain: We have lost Michael Crichton recently. He has written many novels which later made into successful films in Hollywood. When a re-entered satellite landed a small town in Arizona almost entire inhabitants of the town died along with the recovery team. Anticipating such alien intrusion from space during the re-entry of spacecraft, U.S. space authorities had already initiated a project called wild fire. Wild fire project is thus activated. The scientists of the project race against time in identifying the alien intruder and found a solution.

No Country for The Old Man: Cormack McCarthy’s dark and violent novel is about drug dealing went sour in a Nevada and littered with countless dead bodies. Anton Chigurh the antagonist of the novel is heartless villain. He kills the man unfortunate enough to come in his way. Often decides to spin the coin for the fate of the man that comes across. Life is just a spin of coin for him. He could be easily compared with other literary villains Hannibal Lectre and Flannery O’Conner’s Misfit.

Unaccustomed Earth: Jhumba Lahiri is a find of the author for this year to me. Her collection of short stories in Unaccustomed Earth is a treat to read. The title story, the pick of the lot, is about the loneliness that descended on the sixty year old widower and the distance his daughter felt at his visit. Her inclusion of 2006 tsunami in a climax of a story is brilliant. The underlying pathos is always evident in many of her stories. Like Somerset Maugham she has a knack in probing human relationship-be it in husband and wife, lovers or father and son. I have already finished reading her novel Namesake. She is the writer I am going to watch in future. Newyork Times has chosen The Unaccustomed Earth as one among the top ten for 2008.

Unaccustomed Earth is my best read of the year.

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