Prize Winner

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Anita Brookner: Hotel Du Lac

Edith Hope writes romance novel under the pen name Vanessa Wilde who secretly believes in the happy endings they offer. She is a 39-year-old involved with a married man, David Simmons, who only sees her whenever he likes. After Edith embarrasses her London friends by a transgression which is so unforgivable that they ship her … Continue reading

Anne Enright: The Gathering

The novel traces the narrator’s inner journey, setting out to derive meaning from past and present events, and takes place in Ireland and England. Its title refers to the funeral of Liam Hegarty, an alcoholic who committed suicide in the sea at Brighton. His mother and eight of the nine surviving Hegarty children gather in … Continue reading

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Bel canto (Bel-Canto) (Italian, “beautiful singing“), along with a number of similar constructions (“bellezze del canto”/”bell’arte del canto”), is an Italian opera term “How much does a house know?” In the vice president’s mansion in an unnamed South American country (not very hard to find out which Latin American country once had a Japanese president), … Continue reading

Early bird gets the worm

I usually get out of the house at 6:45am in the morning to catch my train to work. Today, however I am not sure what’s got into me, I got up early and by 6:35am I was out of the door. The earliest I have clocked for the past 2 years living in city of … Continue reading

The Secret River by Kate Grenville

In search of the second book for Global Reading Challenge Australia read, I found myself wanting to read Kate Grenville’s work. The Secret River received many accolades and I found it to be most deserving of high praise. Warning: Contain minor spoiler. Thornhill’s story begins in 1777 London, where he has been born into extreme … Continue reading

Winner of Orange Prize 2010

When I saw BBC announced the winner this evening, I could believe my ears. Lacuna won! I have just returned the book to the library last week, unread, and have no regrets of doing so. What about you? Do you feel like you have to read an Orange prize winning book? Do you think the … Continue reading

Three Cups of Tea

What works in the regions of Islamist Fundamentalism stronghold where the CIA had failed? The Solution: CAI – The Central Asian Institute In 1993, after a disastrous attempt to climb K2, a mountaineer called Greg Mortenson, drifted, cold and dehydrated, into the an impoverished Pakistan village called Korphe in the Karakoram Mountains. Moved by the … Continue reading

Red Dust by Ma Jian

In 1983, a China where Deng Xiao Ping inroduced economic reform and clamping down on “Spiritual Pollution”. Ma Jian turned 30. Ma Jian was a propaganda photographer. With his long hair, jeans and artistic friends, he was put under surveillance from his work unit and the police. His ex-wife Guo Ping is seeking custody of their … Continue reading

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

It’s Stalin Soviet Union 1953, crime does not exist but doubts and accusations are. Millions live in fear. The mere suspicion of disloyalty to the State, the wrong word at the wrong time, can send an innocent person to his execution. Officer Leo Demidov, an idealistic war hero, believes he’s building a perfect society. But … Continue reading

This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun

The hardest and most unbearable silence was that of light.  A powerful and manifold silence.  There was the silence of the night, always the same, and then there was the silence of the light.  A long and endless absence. Outside, not only over our pit but above all far away from it, there was life.  … 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
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)