Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Latest reads...

Have been reading with a vengeance lately compared to my past pattern and a glimpse of the stuff I have finished-

Midnight All Day- Hanif Kureishi

A collection of short stories mostly touching upon issues of infidelity and distressed marriages. Nice in its portrayals but the endings were abrupt and left a lot to be desired.

Neil Simon Comedies

His work of broadway comedies is timesless stuff. Read some of his other plays like "The last of the Red- Hot Lovers" and "Plaza Suite". Inspite of his outrightly funny lines, Neil Simon has a way of sustaining the undertones of the required mood on all occasions.

Family Matters- Rohinton Mistry

After reading his book, "A Fine Balance" this was a book I was looking forward to read. Its simplistic in its portrayal of a Parsi family and the struggles of the elderly Nariman Vakeel and his struggle with Parkisons disease. The best part about the book was his younger grandson Jehangir and the places where Jehangir became the narrator. It is interesting to see how hate can be cultivated and its embers stoked for years to keep its fire burning in the end destroying themselves.

Now reading, President Nixon: Alone in the White House - Richard Reeves

I am half-way through the 600 page book and am looking forward to get done with it by the end of the week. Two reviews of the book available on the link provided, which more or less describes what its all about.

Next on hand, Love in the Time of Cholera and need to pick up One Hundred Years of Solitude where I left off.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Adel said...

I had gifted 'Family Matters' to a friend although I havent read the book. I've enjoyed his earlier work - A Fine Balance, set during the emergency period in India. Now I'll wait for her to finish the book :)

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Kamalakar said...

"After reading his book, "The Balanced Life" this was a book I was looking forward to read"

Are you referring to "A Fine Balance"?
For Mistry's perceptive portrayal of Parsi characters, I think his novel "Such a Long Journey" offers the best example. Also "Tales from Firozshaw Baag". He is a great read when he is humorous.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Saraansh said...

Adel,
Now that is just like you :-) btw lots of new books with me. You might want to come and pick some good reads.

Kamalakar
You are right I was referring to A Fine Balance, don't know what I was thinking when I wrote this. Correction made and yes will get to the books you mentioned next and I agree he is best when he is humorous.

9:05 AM  

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