Posts Tagged ‘Man Booker Prize’

Curious incident of dog in the night timeI have no clue why I considered reading this book. I can say 2 reasons now.

1) The upside down dog in the cover page

2) Man Booker Prize nominee for longlist (2003), as now I am obsessed with Booker Prize winner books

I have mixed feelings for this book, I want to really like this book but I cant. I didn’t say that it is not good, but I can’t figure it out why I don’t like it much. It is a story told by an autistic boy which was  incredibly touching for me,  sometimes I was close to cry but more than anything  I felt anger, kind of helpless  feeling through out the book. I really sympathized his parents. Through out this book Christopher,  an autistic boy tells his story. Here he is trying to write a novel, he opts mystery as the subject of the novel and tries to solves the mystery about who killed the  dog from next door. But as he works around it, slowly he solves many mysteries which is part of his own life.

It is well written book with interesting concept in it. It is a wonderful book if you are ready for some serious reading. My rating is : 3 out of 5.

The god of small thingsAfter reading ”The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga I really got fascinated towards Booker prize award winner books. I picked up another book  ”The God of Small things” by Indian author Arundhati Roy, for my surprise I totally loved the book. From last 5 years I wanted to read this book, but kept avoiding it thinking award winning books will be boring. Now I will have to change this view towards award winner books.

”The God of Small Things” is really a  master piece. This fiction seems so real here. This is about the sad, poignant breakdown of a family in the 60’s in a place called Kerala, a state in India. It revolves around a woman called Ammu who has twins called Estha and Rahel.  She and her twins reside in an old house with her mother, Mamachi and her cunning aunt, Kochama. She has left her alcoholic husband whom she married against her parent’s will. She finds a lover who is from low caste, and untouchable. Its story of her life, her fight to live. It shows how some people have to really  fight hard to live their life. When Ammu’s brother Chacko  brings his English ex-wife and their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day and that change changes their life forever.

This book, along with the wonderful story, also focuses on the cruel systems in India such as, cast system, child molestation, male domination etc. Whatever happens here Ammu is the one who suffers. Even though  her husband was alcoholic and was ready to push her  to prostitution people blame Ammu for leaving her husband. It is emotional journey through out the book, we start loving people even the ones who are ugly looking just because they are nice people. You will know answers for all your questions by the end of the book. I was bit disappointed only because of the quick ending, actually I was expecting a complete detailed ending, was looking for something good to happen to the few remaining characters. Anyways it was a good read and my ratings are 4 out of 5.

The white tiger”For this land, India, has never been free, First the Muslims, then the British bossed us around. In 1947 the British left, but only a moron would think that we became free then”.

– Aravind Adiga ( The white Tiger)

Oh! exactly what I have been thinking from many years. I just loved this sentence, it made perfect sense to me. I should warn my all   patriotic Indian brothers and sisters that this book is India bashing, if you are the type who get angry on even small criticism on your country then please do not read this book.

The moment I started reading this book I knew it is going to be a great read and when I reached 10th page I was sure I was going to rate it 5 out of 5. There are no words to say how much I liked this book, because when I read I could easily recognize these people and understand their emotions. When I said this book bashes India, it doesn’t say anything which is not true. A honest reader will not dispute at the picturisation of India given in this book.

This is a story of Balram Halwai who grew up in darkness( rural India) where he was victim of all social problems like Dowry, Cast system, corruption, child labor etc. But when he goes to city as every adult do, to earn money he finds drivers job at Delhi with the landlord’s Westernized son, Mr. Ashok, and his modern wife, Pinky. But this story starts by a letter written by Balram to Chines premier Wen Jiabao, who is about to visit India and complete book is in the form of letters he write after that. Through these letters Balram shares his childhood life and adult life as a driver and  a crime that enabled him to move to Bangalore and set himself up as an entrepreneur and made him rich person. This is  first-person confession of a murderer.You may think it is some crazy psycho telling his murder story, no it is different.You will know it when you read it. It won  Man Booker Prize and I think it deserves it.

Some of my favorite quotes:

  1. “The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave”
  2.  ”See, the poor dream all their lives of getting enough to eat and looking like the rich. And what do the rich dream of??  Losing weight and looking like the poor.”
  3. ”It’s amazing. The moment you show cash, everyone knows your language.”
  4. ”Iqbal, that great poet, was so right. The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave. To hell with the Naxals and their guns shipped from China. If you taught every poor boy how to paint, that would be the end of the rich in India.”

This is Aravind Adiga’s debut novel, he wrote 2 more books,  Last Man in Tower and Between the Assassinations which I am definitely going to read 🙂