Moby Dick – Herman Melville

I abandoned reading a difficult book about whales and sailing when I was a teenager. I rediscovered it again this year. I read this book. This book was called Moby Dick. This book shook me up. This book gave me a new reference for my life and how to live it. Here is why. Sailing... Continue Reading →

The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster

'I loved this book so much and it reminded me of this particular card, Escherick House in Philly with its blocks and greenery. The New York Trilogy is a story of detectives, but nothing like you imagine. People die and there is sex and all that but Auster writes of identity. That a story can... Continue Reading →

The Secret River – Kate Grenville

This book is a historical fiction account of the settlers going from Britain to Australia. There is hardly any dialogue and I kind of skim read the book but I kept going because I understood a little more upon my return from my holiday in Australia earlier this year. A beautiful country with such vast... Continue Reading →

Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis

I finally read my worn down ancient, second hand copy of Zorba the Greek. It took me a while to get used to the characters having philosophical conversations in all manner of spontaenity, but there are some beautiful passages here. And what a study in character creation. *** This book lay on my unread shelf... Continue Reading →

History of Modern Russia – Robert Service

Somehow, despite the call of the summer, the World Cup and several other perfectly acceptable distractions, we had our second Slow Read for X Non Fiction Book meeting. This time we read and talked about a heavy hitter - 'History of Modern Russia' by Robert Service. Photo - one of Stalin's 'seven sisters' in Moscow.... Continue Reading →

Imperium – Ryszard Kapuscinski

Reading can be a solitary journey and of course, that provides a lot of pleasure. But as I started reading more Non Fiction, I missed having conversations about the books. So, I started a Non Fiction book club and we just read and discussed our first book, Imperium. It is always heartening to see a... Continue Reading →

Why I Read – Wendy Lesser 

Sometimes a book doesn't leave a lasting impression but it leads you on to other things and that can suffice. 'This book arrived as a surprise from my parents via post. Its arrival opened a door in my mind on how I could perceive writing and reading in a different way. Some fine nuggets -... Continue Reading →

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