Tag Archives: Man Booker

The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell

In 1857, when Chapatis begin to appear mysteriously in the most unexpected of places, only Mr. Hopkins, the Collector for East India Company senses danger. His attempts to warn others fall on deaf ears. Yes, the British made a mistake in handling religious matters in India, but surely the native Indians wouldn’t want to reject […]

Troubles by J. G. Farrell

Major Brendan Archer meets Angela one afternoon in 1916 while he was on home leave. When letters come pouring for him to the trenches, signed ‘Your loving fiancee, Angela,’ it seems like Brendan may have acquired himself a fiancee without having any recollection of it. So after the war ends in 1919, Brendan goes to […]

The Sea by John Banville

The Sea is a book that genuinely daunted me! Oh boy! I thought I write long sentences! But no,¬†John Banville writes LONGER sentences! He uses gazillion commas and, at one point I swear it made my head spin! ūüėÄ Here is an¬†excerpt to give you a taste: Speaking of the television room, I realize suddenly, […]

The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Green Road is a story about the Madigans which spans over thirty-five years. In part one of the novel; Leaving, we get a glimpse of the lives of Madigan children (Constance, Dan, Emmet, and Hanna – children of¬†Pat and Rosaleen Madigan) and Rosaleen, in chapters that read like short stories.¬†There is nothing extraordinary about […]

In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul

In a Free State is set in a¬†post-independence unnamed African country, governed by¬†a king and a president who belong to two different tribes. At the beginning of the novel, the king who was once¬†supported by the colonials is on the run for his life,¬†as the president with his many allies, including the army, has overthrown […]

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

I looked like a girl you‚Äôd expect to see on a city bus, reading some clothbound book from the library about plants or geography, perhaps wearing a net over my light brown hair. You might take me for a nursing student or a typist, note the nervous hands, a foot tapping, bitten lip. I looked […]

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

I am writing this at the behest of my advocate, Mr Andrew Sinclair, who since my incarceration here in Inverness has treated me with a degree of civility I in no way deserve. My life has been short and of little consequence, and I have no wish to absolve myself of responsibility for the deeds […]

Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

In Heat and Dust, we have Olivia, the beautiful society wife of Douglas, the “upright and just” civil servant who “worked like a Trojan” in pre-independence India. Left to her own devices in a house full of servants all day long, Olivia is bored out her mind, but one fine day they get invited to […]