Category: Literary Fiction

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney: An Honest Review

    I will be honest with you. When I began reading this book, I was stunned. I had a hard time believing that anyone (a young author at that) could be this honest about a man-woman relationship. This sparkling honesty stood out in every sentence and character graph. Not to mention in the character descriptions and the strangely distant narrative. At times it was discomforting to read. Disillusioning too. I didn’t like to think of love being this difficult. People – this vulnerable and reticent. I wanted a shortcut, a magical sweep, a leap of fiction. A relief. A romantic escapade maybe…

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee : An Honest Review

    Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, a Korean – American writer, is the story of immigrants who struggle with their identities and life. Even after becoming Japanese in every possible manner, and camouflaging their Korean roots, they live in fear. Haunted by the ghosts of their past and the challenges of the present.

  • Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller

    Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller

    This book shook me to the core. Death of a Salesman is a relevant and accurate account of the repercussions of our misplaced self-image and consumerist values that we grow up with, all the while forgetting to acknowledge our limitations.

  • Persuasion by Jane Austen

    Persuasion by Jane Austen

    Whenever I think of Jane Austen, the first novel that comes to my mind is Persuasion. I loved it then, when I read it for the first time in school. Or later in college on days, when love and romance in the world seemed fit only for fiction.

  • Emma by Jane Austen

    Emma by Jane Austen

    In Emma, by using comedy as a tool, Jane Austen highlights the social hierarchy and class divisions prevalent in the Georgian society. Despite being a romantic comedy, Emma emerges as a scathing social commentary, without turning preachy at any point. Through Austen’s thoughtfully implemented sub-plots, it entertains and yet remains realistic and relevant.

  • The Japanese Wife by Kunal Basu

    The Japanese Wife by Kunal Basu

    Once you close the book, you are left to ponder if love is this ethereal or is it just a case of fictional license. Not to forget, even in Snehamoy’s case, his loneliness gets the better of him.

  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfeigh

    Eileen by Ottessa Moshfeigh

    “I felt like killing my father, but I didn’t want him to die.” This is a novel you will remember. Deliciously dark, wickedly funny at the most unusual junctures, shocking at times, gloomy at length and startlingly smart, Moshfeigh takes us on a journey of a woman you won’t meet quite often. And even if […]

  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang

    The Vegetarian by Han Kang

    The only respect in which my wife was at all unusual was that she didn’t like wearing a bra.” Says Mr Cheong, husband of Yeong-hye who has all of a sudden decided on giving up on meat. She has turned vegetarian. Why? Well, by using the recurring dream technique, where Yeong-hye’s inner thoughts and desires […]