Archive for October, 2013

Lucky Jim of Kingsley Amis

October 31, 2013

It is considered as a campus novel. It did not really give me that feel. However, it is certainly Wodehousian and very funny! Recommended.

This review describes what the book is very nicely:

More than just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy postwar manners, Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom, whatever form they may take, and a work of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing, from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh. As Christopher Hitchens has written, “If you can picture Bertie or Jeeves being capable of actual malice, and simultaneously imagine Evelyn Waugh forgetting about original sin, you have the combination of innocence and experience that makes this short romp so imperishable.”

Have fun!

Dawkins’ memoir

October 28, 2013

Enjoyed; delightful as this review notes. Recommended.

Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost

October 22, 2013

Read on the recommendation of a colleague; beautifully written and the flow is so smooth that reading the book was effortless. Strongly recommended.

Sarala Behn’s Life in Two Worlds

October 15, 2013

Following Guha’s recommendation, I managed to get hold of A life in two worlds and read it. The book (especially the later parts) is more of a diary than autobiography; I believe that is what made it a very difficult read for me.  Recommended with reservations.

Inspector Gamache: a new find

October 14, 2013

In the past one month, I completed reading all the nine books of Louise Penny in which Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates murder — with kind eyes and keen sense of fairness. Strongly recommended.

By the way, here is the review which set me go looking for the series.

Much like Alexander McCall Smith, Louise Penny is an author whom you can strongly recommend without any reservations whatsoever.