A few links, literary!

It is the first Sunday of month, which I look forward to eagerly, for the wonderful Hindu Literary Review edition. Here are a few pieces that I found interesting in the latest edition.

A book shop whose patron saint is Borges

Pradeep Sebastian writes about a very special antiquarian book shop that he visited recently:

Lame Duck has the only known manuscript of several of Jorge Louis Borges’ most important work. I had seen several photographs, sketches and even a fascinating installation of Borges all over the store.

Tom then informed me that Borges was the Lame Duck’s patron saint. And then it made sense why I was so happy and wonder struck browsing inside the Lame Duck. Because it is Borges who said, “I don’t know why I believe that a book brings us the possibility of happiness, but I am truly grateful for that modest miracle.”

A realisation on reading Naipaul’s A writers people

Imraan Coovadia tells us about the remarkable realisation that he reached on reading Naipaul’s latest offering:

The most remarkable realisation one reaches reading A Writer’s People is that V.S. Naipaul identifies with Gandhi. He has found his match at last. When he describes Gandhi’s history, Naipaul is practising a form of not-so-secret autobiography. “Everything about Gandhi is clear, even,” Naipaul concedes, “when wilful and irritating. A certain amount is even funny.” We can read that line as a condensation of Naipaul’s self-understanding and we can say that, at the age of 75, he understands nothing new and has forgotten everything he once understood.

Ondaatje’s Divisadero

Rumina Sethi reviews Ondaatje’s Divisadero:

Moving from a rural setting in California to the groggy air of Nevada casinos to France, the novel is an intimate account of a splintered family like the dominant image of shards of glass that runs through the novel. It is a multifaceted novel, a geography of the mind, peculiar in its structure yet gripping in its hold, yielding more if one is ready to surrender oneself completely to its symphony of seductive prose and vibrantly complex characters.

Happy reading!

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