Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke

Aurangzeb Alamgir, the sixth Mughal emperor, the last of the greats, as it were. His reign lasted nearly fifty years, I was not aware of that somehow. What I have been made consistently aware of in popular local media, is that he’s a much-hated figure in Indian history; known more than anything else as anContinue reading “Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke”

The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons

Synopsis: Two men find themselves on the banks of the river Seine one late night in Paris. Both are contemplating suicide, when they cross paths. One, Henry James, is a writer who has often faced depression and whose moderate success in writing has added to his melancholy. The second is an Englishman, who has realised thatContinue reading “The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons”

The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott

I have been awfully out of touch with all things literary, even the latest Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling release whizzed past my notice. Anyway, here is a long overdue book review. I stumbled upon this book at my new library (best birthday gift ever, by the way.) The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott isContinue reading “The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott”

Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Spoiler alert: Do not read this review unless you are already aware of the history of Wolf Hall. It has been brought to my notice that this review contains spoilers. Well, I’m sorry. It never occurred to me that this could be seen as a plot-oriented novel, in the least… nevertheless, you have been warned.Continue reading “Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel”

The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

“The passing years had not diminished Asmat’s beauty. Time had painted some grey in her hair and etched a few lines on her face. But it was the same dear face, the same trusting eyes. She had been brave, giving him strength at night when they lay beside each other in silence, darkness closing aroundContinue reading “The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan”

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Homo homini lupus – man is wolf to man. Floating on waves of post-book happiness. Blown away. So dark, menacing, so urgent. Painful. Cerebral. Compulsively readable…. an outpouring of admiration, that was me for hours after I finished the book. I had to call my sister to effuse. This review is thanks to her.  “TheContinue reading “Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel”

Musings on Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco, the thirst for meaning and the recipe for a good novel

This review contains no spoilers, nothing you won’t find out in the first fifty pages or so. Why I read the book: I have read The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana before and I thought it was an amazing idea with the perfect conclusion and terribly dragging middle. Recently I stumbled upon a comment Viktoria left on anContinue reading “Musings on Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco, the thirst for meaning and the recipe for a good novel”

Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have been an irregular reader of late. Time seems steadily to slip out of my grasp. Few books hold my attention lately: Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis, which I read in two feverish sittings, tops the list right now.  Like itsContinue reading “Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis”

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Blogging For Books. Summary: In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding inContinue reading “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra”

Ransom by David Malouf

Reminiscent of: Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis Summary: The Iliad begins with Achilles, the Greeks’ greatest strength, refusing to fight for them, for Agamemnon, who insulted him. But he is the only one who can defeat the Trojan prince Hector. One of the greatest stories of The Iliad is Achilles’ final vengefulContinue reading “Ransom by David Malouf”