Carnival of Love by Helen Dickson, Finished reading on 27th October, 2013
“Rescuing Lavinia Renshaw from a Venetian canal was one thing. Accepting her surprising proposition of marriage was quite another. Maxim Purnell thrived on taking risks. However, his situation was complicated enough without taking on a wife. But there was no denying Lavinia had succeeded in piquing his curiosity — and desire. To come in to her considerable legacy she needed a husband, and she intended their arrangement to be a marriage of convenience only. So what would happen if Maxim decided to make her his wife for real?“
One of the M and B books which I picked up from Lords and Ladies collection, out of sheer boredom, I must add. There is nothing much to review about the book. Brooding hero with a mysterious past and delicate virgin heroine with a sensual appeal that would floor the hero from the first time they met. It’s a been-there-read-it feeling. Nevertheless it’s a time pass read and good pick to give you company during travels.
Malgudi Days by R K Narayan, Finished reading on 20th October 2013
Malgudi Days is among Narayan’s collections of short stories. The stories written with Narayan’s simple style and characteristic gentle irony portray the variety and color of Indian life, Narayan, in his introduction says: “I have names this volume Malgudi Days in order to give it a plausibly geographical status. I am often asked/ “Where is Malgudi?” All I can say is that it is imaginary and not to be found on any map. If I explain that Malgudi is a small town in South India I shall only be expressing a half-truth for the characteristic of Malgudi seem to be universal.”” Readers can not agree more.
Malgudi days is an experience. A string of short stories took me to a short trip to the village experience. I had spent a good part of my vacation with my grandparents in a heavenly place and Malgudi days just reminded me of that. As the author correctly said, Malgudi is universal, you will find the soul of Malgudi every where. You just have to observer. I loved reading this book. The sober description of the characters imparted a lot to the overall melancholy of the book. It is such a classic and I would go with a four star for this book.
The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern, Finished Reading on 8th October
“The circus arrives without warning
N announcements precede it…
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not”
Well, It all depends on what you expect from the book. May be spoilers ahead. If you are looking for a engrossing love story like Twilight, give it a miss. If you are looking for the Magic of Harry Potter, give it a miss. I have read many reviews comparing it with these two classics. That’s one of the reasons why I picked up this book. But this book is a different category altogether. Its recommended for readers who like long beautiful narrations and does not mind a slow story along with it.
It’s a love story of two magicians, chosen by destiny randomly or these two were present at the correct place at the correct time to be picked by destiny at that particular moment. Well its their story. But I you are more likely to be be enchanted by the environment and the atmosphere of the book than the story. The passion and attraction is mild in narration, may be that’s what failing for me to connect with the couple. Author saves elaborate narrations for the Circus and the surrealism surrounding it. I was crawling till the middle of the book, and then the love story lit up the environment all of a sudden.
Chapters on a uneven timeline is always a nightmare to me. How-much-ever I read, I always have difficulty reading those type of books. The book was slow initially and on top of that it had things happening in multiple timelines. I was almost tempted to tear the pages and put it in the right place. Anyway It’s a nice book, with a scope for your imaginations to fly high. Just that don’t go in there expecting a Twilight. Let me go with a three.
P.S I loved the cover of the book. Its simply awesome. The touch of red in the monochrome picture is just marvelous.
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan, Finished reading on October 31st 2013
“I don’t usually do this kind of thing.” You said. “Neither do I,” I assured you.
Later it turned out we had met people online before, and we had both slept with people on first dates before. But we comforted ourselves with what we really meant to say, which was: “I don’t normally feel this good about what I’m doing.”
In 185 snapshot moments The Lover’s Dictionary tells the story of a love affair between two people in New York. Moving, funny, heart breaking and life-affirming. It is a story that anyone who has ever fallen in love will recognize.
The most unique thing about this book is its unique narration. This kind of narrative is new to me. It does not follow a timeline or even a story pattern. It tells you few events with the help of one eighty five dictionary words and its meanings. You have to map these events and put it in order to make the story. I enjoyed reading it mainly because it was a task in itself to put the small and poignant memories in order and make a beautiful story out of it. Its all depends on the reader how beautiful he wants to make the story. It’s a The paragraphs were poetic, small and sweet and the whole book hardly took two hours. One thing is, this format did not necessarily guarantee a deep story but I think the narration is the beauty of the book. If it was narrated in a normal way with a normal timeline pattern it would have ended up as another story with the conventional twists of the love story.
I loved the book, loved the narrative, loved the characters (I think I loved the characters because they are created and described through a set of words from dictionary, and still I got the complete picture of what they are.) and to top it all it’s a quick read as well.