Saturday, December 25, 2010

My latest delivery from the library consists entirely of contemporary fiction. Considering how expensive new novels (under copyright) can be, it makes sense to buy classics and depend on the library for the rest of my reading needs and wants.

Today's list:

The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre
Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
Saraswati Park - Anjali Joseph

I've begun Saraswati Park, written by first-time novelist Anjali Joseph. It is quite a riveting read, blessedly unpretentious, earthy and compelling. The setting may not be entirely new, because over the last year I've seen Bombay through Rohinton Mistry and Suketu Mehta's eyes, but I like the quality of Joseph's writing. I am definitely enjoying this read.

Sadly, I had to abandon The Sea (John Banville) halfway through. I realised I wasn't in the right frame of mind for it and was skimming through it, instead of letting the words linger and seep in. I'd rather save it for another day, another time, when I can let the sentences take complete control of me.


karthick r said...

Even i am in the verge of abandoning 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel. Somehow he speaks a lot about animals and their emotions rather than speaking about humans.
Saraswati Park - Is it a ChickLit.?

wanderingbrook said...

I'd say you should keep on with 'Life of Pi'- there are some parts that resonate amazingly with the thoughts in your head.

'Saraswati Park' is not chick-lit: it's a story about a family in Mumbai. It started off well, but I didn't find it entirely satisfying. Anjali Joseph is aware of her descriptive skills, and somewhere it seems to get a little tiresome. A decent read, though.

karthick r said...
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karthick r said...

I am done with Life of Pi. :)
Takeaways - Though I have seen the movie 'Cast Away', I haven't had the opportunity to know what a person would do for his survival when left stranded in the ocean. So, I found those surviving tips interesting.

wanderingbrook said...

Glad you finished it :). It is a pretty intriguing book in its own fashion.