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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart: On The Cover


 So finally I began reading this much talked about book called The Goldfinch by Donna Tart.

Before I share the cover jacket blurb, did you know that this painting that you see is by the artist Carel Fabritius, made in the year 1654 and was titled The Goldfinch

I was not aware of this before I started reading the book and checked the cover details. Now that you see, you can even see the inscription below the painting.

Here's what's on the cover.

'A modern epic and an old-fashioned pilgrimage, a nimble thrill-seek and a heavyweight masterpiece.' The Times

Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, miraculously survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is bewildered by his new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years he clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the criminal underworld.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DON’T FORGET ME, BRO by John Michael Cummings: Synopsis and Excerpt


The good thing about my having a book blog and being interested in reading and reviewing different kinds of books is that I get to meet so many lovely authors and publishers, and people from the book world. One such author I recently had a chance to interact with is the ever gracious and charming gentleman (check out the pic below ladies.....you'll know what I mean), John Michael Cummings, whose book DON’T FORGET ME, BRO is out now.

For all of you who have not heard about the book yet, here is a brief synopsis of the same and an excerpt too.

Synopsis:

DON’T FORGET ME, BRO deals with themes of childhood abuse, mental illness, and alienated families. The book opens with the main character, forty-two-year-old Mark Barr, who has returned home from New York to West Virginia after eleven years for his older brother Steve’s funeral. Steve, having died of a heart attack at forty-five, was mentally ill most of his adult life, though Mark has always questioned what was "mentally ill" and what was the result of their father’s verbal and physical abuse during their childhood.

The book unfolds into an odyssey for Mark to discover love for his brother posthumously in a loveless family.

DON’T FORGET ME, BRO is a portrait of an oldest brother’s supposed mental illness and unfulfilled life, as well as a redeeming tale of a youngest brother’s alienation from his family and his guilt for abandoning them.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fortunately The Milk by Neil Gaiman: Review


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So Bloomsbury Publishers were really kind to send me some very interesting books. They recently sent me 4 books, out of which one was Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately The Milk. 

I have read Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End of The Lane and watched the movie Coraline that is based on his book. I liked that book and I absolutely enjoyed watching the movie, which was quite spooky for a kiddy movie, but was really awesome nonetheless. Both me and my daughter enjoyed it equally.

So when I received this book from the publishers, I was really looking forward to see what my 6 year old daughter had to say about it. She looooooved the cover.....and began reading immediately. I finally borrowed it yesterday from her for half an hour and read it up :)

For starters, the cover is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! It is so so so pretty! I am not clicking it but putting up images from the net, as the cover is super shiny and trying to click it was not bringing out the effect that way. The cover as you see here does not do justice to how pretty it really is! It's one of the most beautiful book covers I've ever seen...its really pretty!

Before I go on and on about the book, here are the basic details:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Someone by Alice McDermott: Review

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Bloomsbury India was really sweet to recently send me a few books they thought I would like.....And I can't thank them enough for the same!

I received 4 books, and one of them was Someone by Alice McDermott. This is the first book I finished of the 4, so I will start the reviews with this one.

Before I talk more about the book, here are the details:

Details about the book:
Title: Someone
Author: Alice McDermott
No. of pages: 232
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback

The book was published in the year 2013 and was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction (2013) and National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (2013).

About the book:

This is the story of Marie, a little girl who wears glasses and is very stubborn and shy, and thinks of herself as an extremely common looking girl, more like a character out of the cartoon shows that kids watch. There is nothing remarkable about her, or the conditions she is in, or the people who surround her.

Marie is the daughter of Irish immigrants and lives in a colony of Irish-Americans. The book spans about 60 years of Marie's life, that takes us on a vast landscape in terms of people and events and relationships. Through each of these relationships and happenings, we witness a world where nothing seems extraordinary, yet everything is special.

Shomoyer Baire by Anupam Roy: Book Review




I recently managed to get the copy of the book Shomoyer Baire by Anupam Roy. It released this year (2014) in Kolkata and has already been lapped up by fans and readers alike.

Unfortunately, I could not find the book on any online store or any book store here, so I contacted the publishing house and asked them to send me a copy. You can do this if you are based outside Kolkata, and can have the option of COD too!

Before I talk more about the book, here's a quick look at the details:

Details about the book:

Title: Shomoyer Baire
Author: Anupam Roy
No. of pages: 125
Publishers: Dey's Publishing

Format: Hardback

About the book (synopsis):

The book is a look at the life of Biplab (which means revolution in Bengali). The protagonist goes through various experiences throughout his life, all of which are drawn upon through various times in his life. The many experiences clash with each other, connect with each other, and through these, the reader gets a glimpse into his life, into his personality, and how the protagonist evolves through time, and why he does the things he does.

My take on the book:

For someone who is not fluent in reading Bangla (it takes me ages to read the script, and THIS is the first Bengali book that I have finished!) this book was the answer to - how to create a book in Bengali that is great on the subject, is interesting and still can be read easily.

For starters, the book is tiny (especially for those who are comfortable with the script.) It took me half a day to finish it off, in the midst of work and other commitments. So if you have free time, you can easily read it in the lesser part of an hour.

The cover is where you can see the mark of an artist. It is simply beautiful, I loved the way the old buildings have been shot in a different angle. It instantly reminds me of the old style houses I have seen in some parts of Kolkata, and that are so present in my memory of the city. I love latticed windows, those long verandas that spin so many different stories of co-existence, and this book and its cover brings all that alive.

Coming to the tone used in the book, it is very 'today.' The sentences are easy to read and understand, though there are some very difficult words that I didn't understand, and a few sentences or phrases too. But that is only due to my lack of the language. The book is very modern and contemporary in its setting and handling. It deals with 'today' 'the now' of how the city and its people are now. It does not drag you down as a reader to times that are way past gone or beyond your comprehension. This is precisely why it manages to keep you interested through all the 125 pages and makes you feel as if you are reading that could be happening to you, right at this moment.

TO READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW CLICK HERE

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, June 9, 2014

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver: First Page Mondays

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After a lot of recommendations everywhere, I finally got down to reading Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver. 

Here is the first page from the book:

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The Measure of a Man

A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture. Or so it seemed for now, to a woman with flame-coloured hair who marched uphill to meet her demise. Innocence was no part of this. She knew her own recklessness and marveled, really, at how one hard little flint of thrill outweighed the pillowy, suffocating aftermath of a long disgrace. The shame and loss would infect her children too, that was the worst of it, in a town where everyone knew them.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer: Sneaky Peeky Sunday


 Right now I am reading Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer the first book in the series. Here is the page I am now at the moment.

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 'There's only one way to find out, Root. Are you willing to bet Captain Short's life on your hunch?'

 Root's hesitation was highlighted by the hiss of interference. His reply, when it came, was tinged with just the right note of defeat.

 'No,' he sighed, 'I'm not. You'll have your gold Fowl. A tonne. Twenty-four carat.'

 Artemis smirked. Quite the actor, our Commander Root.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Someone by Alice McDermott: On The Cover

 Bloomsbury Publications was kind enough to send me a few books recently. Out of the 4 they sent, I started reading Someone by Alice McDermott.

It's quite the interesting read the cover promises it is, so here is what's on the blurb:

Winner of the National Book Award

'McDermott never wastes a detail and her sentences have an undertow of significance....Immaculate' New York Times Book Review

'A gifted writer' Irish Independent

At seven, i was a shy child, and comical-looking, with a round flat face and black slits for eyes, thick glasses, black bangs, a straight and serious mouth - a little girl cartoon. with my heart pinned to my father's sleeve