I found this to be a quirky yet poignant rags to riches tale that actually made me laugh out loud at several points. Charles Dickens employs wit and dark comedy to perfection. The story follows Pip an orphan with latent desires for greatness, desires that would remain unrealized in the backwater countryside in which he … More Great Expectations exceeded my expectations
And I hereby inaugurate my hasty attempt at fiction on this blog! It was actually quite fun, I might do this Friday Fictioneer thing more often. Below was the photo prompt for my 100 word story. Dark bags under the eyes and perfectly miserable, I observed. A sigh escaped me as I greeted my granddaughter. … More Beauty
I was rummaging through stowed away books from my college days and came across Leonard Peltier’s Prison Writings: My Life is my Sundance. I repressed a wry smile as I flipped through the few pages containing haphazard underlines and scrawled notes. Ahh to relive those awkward classroom discussions where no one had done the readings but everyone was ready … More Leonard Peltier: “My crime’s being an Indian, What’s yours”?
Les Miserables is the longest book I have ever read. It is massive not only in its page count but more importantly in the gut-wrenching, heart pumping feelings it evokes, the visions it creates, the horror and hope it instills… It is a book you need to read leisurely and at your own pace. The density of … More Les Miserables-I finally got through it!
There are very few books that I go back to again and again, and every time feels like a new, raw experience. Claudia Rankine’s poetry-prose “Citizen” is like harsh yet necessary headlights into the dark of our collective forgetting/ignoring/avoiding. But despite always gaining a deeper clarity when rereading this book, it is an ordeal that can … More My jumbled thoughts on Citizen:An American Lyric
I absolutely loved Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. I devoured it in a few days and I am urgently trying to get my hands on the other 3 books of the Neapolitan series (which has become very popular as of late). The book is not your ordinary coming of age story. It centers on an … More My Brilliant Friend, a brilliant book!
The Rice Mother is a sprawling intergenerational family saga set in Malaysia, spanning over decades of intrigue and trauma. The story’s linchpin character and tainted heroine of sorts, is Lakshmi. We enter a mystical yet visceral world of her many children (and their children ) and how they grapple with unending tragedies. Rape, doomed arranged … More The Rice Mother-something lacking..