Archive for December, 2019

Jane Borges’ Bombay Balchao

December 18, 2019

A very nice read! At times laugh out loud funny — as you can see in this excerpt for example!

Here is a review of the book!

I enjoyed the book thoroughly and strongly recommend for a leisurely read!

Daniel Mendelsohn’s An odyssey

December 8, 2019

This book came with very high praise from Maureen Corrigan at NPR:

This past summer, I made time to catch up on a book I’d missed when it was published two years ago. Ever since, I’ve been telling friends, students and random strangers on a train that they must read Daniel Mendelsohn’s memoir called An Odyssey. In it, he recalls teaching a seminar on Homer’s Odyssey that his then 81-year-old father sat in on as an auditor.

An Odyssey is the best account of what teaching is really like that I’ve ever read; it’s also (like Homer’s epic) a spell-binding story about the tenderness of a father-son bond, as well as the inevitable limits that one’s own personality and mortality impose on that bond.

It indeed is a great book about teaching, about Homer, about odyssey, and about father-son bond. Strongly recommended!!