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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel is one of the definitive accounts of WW1. The narrator of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul Bäumer, is a German soldier who was urged by his school master to join the war. He is not yet 20 years old when he begins his narrative, but the horrors he … Continue reading

Remembrance Day: 11 November 2012

Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I in 1918. Every year we observe a two minutes of silence in the workplace in remembrance of our fallen heroes. Although the event happens close to a century ago, I love the spirit of solidarity and remembrance when … Continue reading

Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi

In the sweltering summer of 1938 in Portugal, a country under the fascist shadow of Spain, a mysterious young man arrives at the doorstep of Spain. His name is Monteiro Rossi. Pereira sees Rossi as the son Pereira never had, but also, in the way of late 19th-century literature, his other self, his political conscience … Continue reading

Liquidation by Imre Kertész

Imre Kertész is an Auschwitz survivor. It seems, without alluding to this fact, the book is about being a survivor. Liquidation, his first novel since winning the Nobel prize in 2002, is basically a fictionalised argument that after Auschwitz, fiction is an unworthy pursuit. Having said all that, Liquidation is a philosophical and cerebral novel. … Continue reading

Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding

It is the early 1950s in Iași, a small city in communist Romania. A man is found on the steps of a hospital frail as a fallen bird. He carried no identification and utters no words and it took awhile before anyone discovers that he is deaf and mute. However, a young nurse called, Safta … Continue reading

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

It ain’t fair. Gifts is divided so damn unevenly. Like God just left his damn sack of talents in a ditch somewhere and said, “Go help yourselves, ladies and gents.Them’s that get there first can help themselves to the biggest ones. In every other walk of life, a jack can work to get what he want. … Continue reading

The Leopard by Jo Nesbø

The only reason I’m intrigued with Jo Nesbø is because his nick is the same as mine and he is probably called Joanna. 😉 I’m kidding, of course not but there isn’t a clue as to “Jo” was short for anything more classy, like Joquain or Jostein (like Jostein Gaarder)? Anyway, rave reviews about his books … Continue reading

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in terrified thrall. But for one boy (Natalia’s grandfather), the tiger is a thing of magic – Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book. … Continue reading

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

‘I’m writing a history of the world… And in the process, my own’. Claudia Hampton is an ex-war correspondent, currently a popular historian on her deathbed in a London hospital. She is old, ill and lying in hospital, gently condescended to by the nurse at her bedside. She reviews her life as a paradigm of … Continue reading

Between Budapest and Rio De Janeiro (Chico Buarque: Budapest)

This post is a scheduled post. By the end of today, 25 October, I would be leaving Budapest and heading to Vienna. It seems apt to introduce you a book I read before I embark on my travel titled, Budapest. José Costa is a Brazilian writer, except he is a ghost writer. José Costa attended … Continue reading

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)