Tag Archives: Man Booker

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 […]