Month: April 2017

Review: The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Why would you pick a Yann Martel? The answer is simple, You are a Pi fan. Here is the verdict, don’t pick up The High Mountains of Portugal, expecting a life of Pi 2. Well, I fell for the Ape part of the book description.
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 is the lengthiest but still sounded interesting to me (almost)till the end. I loved the starting and the curious case of back-walker kept my interest going. Second part – I skipped most of the pages because of the, spoiler ahead, detailed description of the an autopsy which the author describes it as magical realism in one of his talks. But I found it difficult to read (blame the postpartum hormones). Third Part – If you skip majority of second part, the subsequent one is bound to be confusing and I have no intention to blame the author for this confusion. To sum it up, I ended up eating the dish, half cooked. Would go ahead with a 3 for the book(Why not, Even though I messed up reading this book, the author is a Man Booker prize winner :)).

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Review: Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the best non fic I have ever read. It’s not a simple read, took me almost three months to finish it off. The good part is it helped me divert my mind and kept it engaged during a time when I most needed it. The ponderous nature of the chapters did slow me down in the beginning. But once you get the flavor of the book, its difficult to pull away from the charm.
Each chapter, unique in its own might, points to an ‘controvertible’ truth, the real ‘story’ of successes and how the factors beyond our choosing make a difference to that story. I was constantly reminded of the term ‘fate’ in my head throughout the narration of the book. Quite a gem of a book it is and I would go with a rating of 4 for this one.

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