Book Review

The Bride Test: like an overtly theatrical romance movie

‘The Bride Test’ is a refreshing romance novel providing a variety of characters, but it is up to readers to decide if its autism angle is acute or obtuse.

Richa Bhattarai, May 18 2019

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Gorkhaland tells its tales

A novel about ordinary people who have not-so-ordinary dreams, Faatsung takes readers on a ride through Darjeeling--Malibung, Pubung and Kalibung--and to the stories that lie there.


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Each circle darker than the other

The novel, then, is a minute observation of a dysfunctional family. A family which, to begin with, was the quintessentially happy, educated, cultured Bengali couple with their beloved son.

Richa Bhattarai, May 03 2019

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Reflections and confessions

The book also includes graphic and candid depictions of adolescent psycho-sexual experiences. Description of romantic imaginings with the opposite sex, obsession with the posters of a Bollywood star—Rani Mukerji—and the passion and amatory emotions that these posters aroused in him are vivid and identifiable.

Saroj GC, Apr 26 2019

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When less is more

A failing, disgruntled, middle-aged writer travels the world to forget his beloved, and finds love again where he least expects it Nothing unique about the concept

Richa Bhattarai, Apr 20 2019

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Doab Dil is a pleasure to flip through and ruminate over, but it is also haphazard and pretentious

Divided into 11 chapters, the writer flits between subjects and associations with a practiced, if clumsy, tread. There is much thought spent on gardens and their benefits; changing landscapes; histories and nocturnal activities; libraries and truths.

Richa Bhattarai, Apr 05 2019

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Emotionally charged, vividly illustrated

Khaled Hosseini is remarkable for telling tales about the bonds that cement people together and shape our lives; how we define each other; and the choices we make that resonate through history.

Saroj GC, Mar 30 2019

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Gets under your skin, and stays there

This is a wretched tale about revolting people This is also an empathetic account of needful humans

Richa Bhattarai, Mar 23 2019

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Narayan Wagle’s Koreana Coffee Guff makes for an engaging read owing to its lucid, freewheeling narrative style

Narayan Wagle might have taken the Nepali literary scene by storm with 2005’s Madan Puraskar-winning Palpasa Café, but before that, he had already made a name for himself as the writer of the widely-followed Coffee Guff columns, published weekly in Kantipur’s Koselee supplement.

Timothy Aryal, Mar 09 2019

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The centre cannot hold

Forgive us, we sound scattered,” says a spirit in Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel, Freshwater. It is as if the book is asking forgiveness for its random and disjointed but wild flashes of brilliance that simply refuse to stitch themselves together into a seamless pattern.

Richa Bhattarai, Mar 09 2019

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Ben Okri writes beautifully but The Freedom Artist has too many loopholes and inconsistencies

Can a book start a revolution? Ben Okri’s The Freedom Artist certainly intends to.

Richa Bhattarai, Feb 22 2019

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A story of deferred dreams

While conflict is one of the prominent agents of social change and transformation, it naturally has more heinous and notorious repercussions. It can be infinitely menacing and equally dehumanising.

Saroj GC, Feb 15 2019

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