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Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

Origin by Dan Brown has received mix of positive and negative reviews by readers. Some liked the concept while others say it was so uncharacteristic work that it didn’t even make sense.
Origin is probably Dan Brown’s most uncharacteristic work, bit nonsensical. High-octane action and chases throughout the world are replaced with layered tension in enclosed spaces.
Symbolism does play a part but Origin let go of traditional riddles and conventional code breaking to speak about a mystery that’s focused on the entire human race - its origin, past, and present. It’s Dan Brown’s most pertinent effort to stray away from his core roots and still continue to weave a sense of mystery and suspense. It’s not his best work by any means but it’s a different approach and it succeeds in more areas than it fails, dealing with a promising proposition but often lackluster execution.
Where are the fascinating revelations and intriguing nuggets of The Da Vinci Code? The extreme mind-boggling and vivid p…

Book Review: Mr Rosenblum's List by Natasha Solomons

This book isn’t for those who love to ready very fast and prefer racy read; in patches it is quite slow when the author delves in describing the English countryside, the seasons, recipes, etc. Though the story stems out of war circumstances but still it isn’t a war fiction, rather it depicts how war forces the exodus of civilian mass, make people stranger from their own countries, and so on. All in all, the book is about ramification of war on the lives of common people.

The story is about a German family who are struggling against the rising Nazism. Jack and his wife Sadie and their toddler daughter Elizabeth are Jews. They have succeeded in running way from Germany to enter England as refugees in 1939. As they land in Britain, they are handed a list. This is the list mentioned in the title: a list of things to do to become the ideal Englishman. Jack takes this list to his heart. From there, starts his journey of trying to become the perfect English gentleman. Jack's attempts to…

Book Review: Like A Love Song by Nikita Singh

‘Like A Love Song’ by Nikita Singh in the guise of a romance novel is a chick lit. The book on offer has an ordinary tale of a very young girl Maahi, imagine she is just twelfth passed and hoping from one branch to another in quest of love. Will she get comeuppance for her hastiness or something else?

When she moves to South India, opposite the will of her parents, just for the sake of love of a selfish guy, this book becomes ‘too-early-to-fall-in-love’ kind of novel. As expected the guy breaks her heart and she come comes back to her home, to her parents, in North India, in Delhi. Now what? She must start a new life somehow. Instead of choosing a degree in a university, she rather begins her job search, first in an IT firm and then in a bakery-kind of bistro only to make a career in the bakery business. And from there on the banal story goes on…learning bakery products, finding a friend with whom she can share and cry on her shoulders, to another guy knocking at her heart, and then …

Book Review: The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

Once in a blue moon comes a delightfully chaotic book that enchants as much as it frustrates, that heals as much as it scorches, and that soothes as much as it disturbs. Reading such a book in which thoughts, consciousness, and perceptions appear as fragments that do not combine to form a coherent whole, one is often left wondering how to make sense of it all. How should one come to grips with its determined melancholy, its breathtaking audacity, and its insistence that inaction, despair, and renunciation are the sine qua non of life? The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa is one such modern masterpiece.
The book is an aggregation of disparate diary entries that are abstract, dense, and at times, eccentric. For its entire four hundred pages it offers a philosophy of a melancholic life, a philosophy of dreaming, and a philosophy of art. The book is a disorderly collection - a fragmentary collection of tormented aphorisms, reflections, and musings in the form of diary entries found in…

Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is her third novel written in 2013 after a long gap of eleven years, in 2002 she published The Little Friend. The Goldfinch won her Pulitzer Prize of 2014 and some other honors as well.
It is a coming-of-an-age story where the author has shown the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood. The protagonist is a young (13 years) boy Theodore Decker, known as Theo. His life takes an unprecedented turn when he goes with his mother to visit an art museum in New Yorkdisplaying Dutch masterpieces.
There bomb explosion takes place, his mother dies and many other people. In a nervous state he encounters a mysterious old man who gives him a message and a ring. Theo wakes up dazed and bereft, while staggering to save his life, in total chaos, misunderstands the old man’s message and then picks up the Dutch golden age picture called The Goldfinch, a rare work of Carel Fabritius. From there on Theo takes a different life and often brood…

Book review: By The Tungabhadra by Saradindu Bandopadhyay

By The Tungabhadra by Saradindu Bandopadhyay is a historical fiction written in 1965. The original piece was written in Bengali but now available as translated English version by Arunava Sinha. The backdrop of the novel stretches Vijayanagar to Kalinga of fourteenth century. Basically, the story is about two sisters Bidyunmala and Manikanakana. They both are the ravishing princesses of the kingdom of Kalinga, currently known as Orissa.

The king of Vijayanagar Empire is Devaraya. On account of a political agreement, Bidyunmala is arranged to marry Devaraya. She is unhappy about the prospect because Devaraya already has three wives. The marriage voyage starts from Kalinga on barges to reach the bank of Tungabhadra. En route they save a man drowning. He joins them, his name is Arjunvarma and then soon Bidyunmala feels herself getting attracted to Arjunvarma.
Reading this book is like taking a journey in time. Once completed it will bring a deep satisfaction leaving readers lost in those…