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Discussion in 'Book Lovers' started by Nandshyam, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. shilpamaroli

    shilpamaroli Senior IL'ite

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    A good book. Though at some places I felt the concepts flew beyond my intellectual perception.
     
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    Poonachi or The Story of a Goat: Perumal Murugan

    This slim unassuming volume belies the complexity of the tale it tells. Poonachi, a black goat, is small, frail and wholly unexceptional in every way but one. She is one of a litter of seven and is blessed with the gift of producing a litter of seven each time she gives birth. A shadowy stranger gifts her to an old farmer and his wife with the promise that she would produce a litter of 7 and bring prosperity to their meager existence. Though hemmed in between a corrupt bureaucracy that toys with their dreams, regressive social mores that demand deference and plain old ill-luck, the poor farming couple love her and raise her like their own child. Poonachi’s is an oft-told tale — a loving childhood, teenage yearning, love and heartbreak, shattered innocence, pain and disillusionment — a life comprising a relentless onslaught of miseries with rare moments of reprieve. The reader could assume that the four-legged creature is a stand-in for millions of nameless women who suffer the same fate in India’s small towns and villages, but the author is careful to dissociate himself from all such claims. The dark humor in his prose our only glimpse into his personal viewpoint.

    "Speak softly, sir. The regime has ears on all sides.
    There's an old saying that the regime is deaf.
    It's deaf only when we speak about our problems. When we talk about the regime, it's ears are quite sharp."

    Those familiar with the author’s unfortunate history with righteous outrage, will find his choice of protagonist and the dispassionate narrative understandable. In his own words,

    “I am fearful of writing about humans and even more about gods. Writing about cows and pigs is forbidden, which left me with the option of writing about goats and sheep. As I say in the book, 'Goats are problem-free, harmless and, above all, energetic…”

    After stumbling upon this book on an awards list, I also read “One Part Woman”, the book that became Mr Murugan’s undoing. Not posting a review since I found a discussion on the book right here in this forum — Madhorubagan. In a country where dissent is becoming dearer by the day, I am glad Mr Murugan has ended his silence and picked up his pen again.
     
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  3. Thyagarajan

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    The gist of the book is super, splendid and point blank. Thanks.
     
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    Malinivant New IL'ite

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    Brothers Sen Gogh is the most recent book I finished. I recommend it for fiction lovers.

    This book is a treat. Well, being a music lover, I can totally relate to this book. This book is a heart-wrenching story of the brothers Soubhik Sengupta and Sourav Sengupta. This book portrays the lives of these brothers who are struggling. Sourav Sengupta is a music producer in the industry, but he couldn't launch his brother Soubhik Sengupta into the industry and make him a singer or enter the music industry. So he struggles so hard for it. Meanwhile goes to Mumbai for some purposes related to his work, and there he met this girl called Nethra, who is from the band of Chattri. After they met a couple of times, they fell in love with each other, but there are many problems that he is facing in his life, but he tried to stay calm and just focus on things to be possible.
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    This book speaks volumes for the artists and the hard work they do. So coming back to the story after that, they will get to know this heard truth that their father is suffering from Cancer. This book has shown the way most families struggle and try to stay positive even in hard times. This is a very contemporary story, and I loved it. Well, Soubhik Sengupta and Sourav Sengupta are similar to the Van Gogh brothers, so that is the book's title. The author has shown certain similarities without damaging the theme, and I was worried about how this book will turn out for me, but as there are no significant issues in the book in terms of writing style and e.t.c, I enjoyed reading it.
     
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    The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

    I cannot remember reading a book in recent memory that I had as much trouble finishing as this one. The final 20% of the book were excruciating to get through. I finished it only because it was a book club read. The main protagonist is a self-serving narcissist who enjoys playing the victim. I developed such a visceral dislike to her that every time she launched into one of her tedious monologues I was gripped by an overwhelming desire to throw the book at a wall. I only restrained myself because I was reading on my Kindle. The book’s flimsy premise boils down to a middle-aged woman having a mid-life crisis. She decides to dump her husband of 15 years and run off to a long lost love from graduate school. That’s it. The rest of the book is the author trying to shove her unlikeable protagonist and her morally dubious choices down our throats by bludgeoning us with ancient Egyptian myths and Quantum Mechanics. Anytime I read a (non-science) author bring up quantum mysticism they sink in my estimation. It is a lazy choice authors make to add ill-deserved depth to their weak writing. I don’t even know where to begin with the Egyptology. I read somewhere that the author’s son got his degree in Egyptology and she wrote the book to show motherly appreciation. Every other chapter reads like a textbook on ancient Egypt. I hope her son was impressed because I sure wasn’t.
     
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  6. Thyagarajan

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    This too I enjoyed reading about your views of a book and its author(ess). I liked the phrase “visceral dislike”. Certain biographies are like that. One can enjoy reading in parts.
    Regards
     
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  7. Thyagarajan

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    Half heartedly I began reading and got into profound sleep. But in the reverie I saw am dealing with characters who are mighty good in their IT expertise and compared myself with them only to discover how poor I am in understanding the nerds. When I woke up I decided to read from epilogue to prologue and got interest . Yes it was gripping reading.
    LLN is vivid rollicking.
     
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    Ikigai - meaning reason to live. It explores the reasons how Japan has the most no. of centenarians.
    Interesting information to know! Ikigai is the japanese word, now became exoteric.
     
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    Dear All,
    I just finished reading The last gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah.
    What an amazing book it was. The feelings of immigrants are very well picturized
    I did not know anything about the author and when he got the Nobel prize, I wanted to read his books.
    This is the first book of his that I read and I am going to read all his books soon.
    Regards
    Uma
     
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    Yesterday I finished reading 400 days by Chetan Bagat....his new book.
    Suspense thriller. Ok book.
    Syamala
     
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