Archive for March, 2009

    What’s the worst best book you’ve ever read – the one everyone says is great, but you can’t figure out why? There are two books I can immediately think of: Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. My friends were raving about both books, and I think both spent […]

This is The Great Gatsby set in the 21st century, in Pakistan. The similarities between the two books are striking, and the endings are almost identical. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that this book was inspired by Fitzgerald’s classic. An insight into the life of the rich social circle in […]

Glitz. Glamour. A love that has survived the War. Extra-marital affairs. Grand parties. Opulence. Alcohol. A yellow Rolls Royce. Chauffeurs. Friendship… and New York in the 1920s (the ‘Jazz’ age). This pretty much sums up ‘The Great Gatsby’ – a classic piece of literature from the 20th century. The story revolves around the rich and […]

Dragoman’s The White King is a coming-of-age tale, based in a communist Romania, under the Ceausescu rule.  11 year old Djata, the book’s protagonist, lives alone with his mother, after his father has gone away on ‘business’. While his father had told him that he will be back within a couple of weeks, months have passed with […]

    We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from […]

 Twelve year old Jo, a shepherd boy, lives in a small French mountain village, during the late 1930s-early 1940s. World War II’s broken out, and Jo’s father is away in action, while Jo is assuming some of his father’s responsibilities, and simultaneously attending school. The War is far away from this village, and to Jo […]