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Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Lured into the dark orbit of an author whose overweening genius reverberates through contemporary literature? Well...not quite, but it's nonetheless easy to understand why Adiga won the UK's prestigious Man Booker Prize. So often, profound ideas are shrouded in a veil of verbosity. In Adiga, there is no hiding place. His lucidity prevents it. This is a latticework of short stories, deceptively simple, but no less piquant. Some of his character vignettes would have La Rochefoucauld chuckling in his grave, kindred spirits in the creation of short impressionistic scenes. One shortcoming would be the unwanted reincarnation of stock characters from his prize-winning The White Tiger: the… Read more
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening..., 15 Oct 2010
In the interests of full disclosure, I've had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Adiga on more than one occasion. His self-deprecatory humour is ever-present in this novel, his personality not so much channelled into a single character, as spread across several to varying levels of thickness. One pet peeve would be the inconsistency of narrative voice: the ill-educated son of a rickshaw puller would not be speaking of 'coruscating waters' and 'the heady scent of honeysuckle', however great his unfurling. That aside, the theme of entrapment is deftly-handled. This is no ordinary 'Indian' novel!
The Drummer Drives! Everybody Else Rides: The Musi&hellip by Barbara Brabec
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A stirring memoir: wise, perceptive, often humorous, and compassionate. Brabec writes with a purity that brings her maverick husband to multi-dimensional life. Poignant yet never maudlin, Harry's impish buoyancy radiates like warmth from a hearth, present to the very last. Even as his pulse slows to a 'peaceful adagio', finally and irrevocably, he cannot resist a crisp witticism.

While sensitive to every nuance of emotion in her husband, Brabec's efforts to understand him self-admittedly collapse beneath their own weight. The more she attempts to deconstruct him, the more he slips away. Her penultimate chapter, 'The Last Difficult Decade', particularly captures this complexity. A… Read more