Asian Writers

June is dedicated to authors with ASIAN of books in this category will be posted all month....

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Year in Provence

Its about reading a life that you have always dreamt about - minus the hiccups and hurdles.

I picked this book up using the same logic that has been driving all my selections this year -
a) Does it help me finish my A-Z challenge? and
b) if it is yes for (a) then does it fit in my budget and
c) Does the book get good reviews

A Year in Provence has a check against all the above. I got at a discounted deal from HomeShop18, the book got good reviews and as it started with "Y" a letter that I had not yet read, I picked it up without second thoughts.

As St. Augustine says " ”The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” and since at this point the chances of my travelling to France are slim (not that I won't love to go there...) the next best thing to do is to read about it.

In this entertaining, light-hearted travelogue that was written apparently accidentally, the author (Peter Mayle) recounts his first year in Provence, a small, friendly gastronomically charged village. With his wife and two dogs, he starts by settling into a 200 year old farmhouse and thus begins his eye-opening journey.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The World according to John Irving

New Hampshire, life altering catastrophes, incest, prostitutes, bears - icons of the world of John Irving. An author I love and hate at the same time.
I had a reading phase when all I would do is read Irving's books. He has till date 12 published books, he is working on the 13th one and I have a lot of craziness yet to lap up.

But since my next complete review of a book (A Year in Provence) is not going to happen in the next few days, this blog is about some of the quirky books of John Irving that I have read (or attempted to!).

The World According to Garp
A truly unique book, one of its kind. It begins with Garp's mother fu*ing a comatose soldier so that she could conceive without the usual baggage of a companion. The very first chapter is an indication of what is to unfold in the pages of the book. It talks about a mother-son relationship, gayhood, struggling and successful writers and the tough life both have. If you havent read it, then please do. I can assure you its nothing like you would have ever read in your life. And its not a wonder that it makes it to the top 100 books one must read before they die.