Category Archives: Book Reviews (FaB 2)

‘English Teacher’ by R. K. Narayan

9788185986036THE ENGLISH TEACHER by R.K NARAYAN IS THE STORY OF KRISHNA WHO HAD BEEN LIVING IN ALBERT MISSION COLLAGE FOR MANY YEARS FIRST AS A STUDENT AND THEN AS A TEACHER . KRISHNA’S WIFE AND HIS DAUGHTER LIVED FAR AWAY WITH HIS PARENT’S. SOON THEY COME TO STAY WITH  KRISHNA IN A RENTED HOUSE . THE FAMILY ENJOY’S A SHORT HAPPY LIFE .THE FAMILY IS STRIKED BY A GREAT TRAGEDY. KRISHNA’S WIFE SUSHEELA PASSES AWAY DUE TO THYPHOID. KRISHNA GET’S DIPRESSED.

KRISHNA MEETS A MAN NAMED NALLAPA AND FINDS A MEDIUM IN HIM TO COMMMUNICATE WITH HER SOUL. HIS CHILD IS TAKEN TO A PLAY  SCHOOL. HE MAKES FRIENDSHIP WITH THE HEADMASTER OF THE SCHOOL. HE INVITES HIM FOR LUNCH.THE HEAD MASTER TELLS THAT A SAGE HAS PREDICTED THE DAY ON WHICH HE WOULD DIE.

AFTER SOME DAY’S THE HEADMASTER MAKES A VISIT AND ASKS KRISHNA TO TAKE OVER THE SCHOOOL BECAUSE THE PREDICTED DAY WAS THE NEXT DAY.  THE NEXT DAY KRISHNA GOES TO VISIT THE HEADMASTER AND FIND’S HIS WIFE IN TEAR’S . THE HEADMASTERWAS MISSING . KRISHNA SERCHES FOR HIM AND FIND’S HIM AT SCHOOL.

KRISHNA RESIGHN’S HIS  JOB AND HELP’S THE HEADMASTER IN RUNNING THE SCHOOL.

Reviewed by Deepak D. K.

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‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ by Garth Stein

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“Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature”
This captivating and moving story is all about Enzo and his struggles to bring his family back together when they almost fell apart. A dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart tugging storyline and best of all the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair. Have you ever looked at a dog and wondered whether there might be more to him that meets the eye? Well, Enzo is different from other dogs, he is almost human. With life’s unexpected twists and turns, he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast.
As he is giving his life, he remembers what he and his beloved family have been through. As Enzo heads into the light, hoping fervently to return as a smooth skinned man, he knows that for him at least the race to save his family has been won. This book has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger. The old soul of Enzo has much to tell and teach us about being human. This story is actually about gaining custody of Enzo’s master Denny Swift’s daughter Zöe from her manipulative grandparents after the painful loss of Denny’s wife Eve.
At last, the charges applied to Denny were dropped. It was a miracle that the troublemaker herself recanted. Within 48 hours, Denny got back the custody of his daughter Zöe. They were back again but, Enzo’s leaving them, his body, and this whole world to come back as an human.

Hope you will look forward for the book!!

Reviwed by Poorna Jayalal

‘The Old Man and His God’ by Sudha Murty

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THE BOOK WHICH I TOOK ALONG WITH ME FOR THE JOURNEY WHICH WAS LEAD BY THE HEAD CAPTAIN FAISAL SIR OUR DEAR LIBRARIAN .  THE  OLD  MAN & HIS  GOD WHICH   WAS WRITTEN BY SUDHA MURTY. THIS BOOK WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN INDIA BY PENGUIN GROUPS  IN THE YEAR 2006 .

THE BOOK CONTAINS 25 CHAPTERS IN WHICH ALL ARE TRUE STORIES   FACED BY THE AUTHOR IN HER DAY TO DAY LIFE . THE STORY IS ABOUT HOW IT HAPPENS & HOW SHE FACES . EACH STORY CARRIES A VERY INTERESTING MESSAGE WHICH CAN BE IMPLEMENTED IN ONES LIFE. IN THIS, MOST OF THE STORIES ARE BASED ON VILLAGE BACKGROUND.

AT THE END OF THE BOOK SUDHA MURTY HAD WRITTEN THESE WONDERFUL SENTENCES IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE MIND AND RECORD YOUR OBSERVATIONS REGULARLY, YOU WILL SEE THAT YOUR LIFE TO BECOMES A VAST STOREHOUSE OF STORIES .

Reviewed by LAKSHMI PRIYA

 

‘Runaway’ by Alice Munro

51mOYscOU5L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_The book which I choose for my Fab challenge is Runaway written by Alice Munro. It was first published on 2004. This book was awarded the year’s Giller prize and Roger writers’ thrust fiction price. Runaway is a book of extraordinary collections of short stories about love and surprises.                                                                                           

The title story is about a young woman who thinks that she is incapable of living with her husband. She runs out of her house thinking that she cannot live with him.                                                                                           

The second story is about a young girl Juliet. She goes to Britain to find a job. When she return back home she have a troubled relation with her parents and her daughter Penelope.                                                             

The third story is about a young girl who works in a hotel and faces a lot of challenges in her life.                                                             

This book is about the challenges faced by present day women. I rate this book for out of five stars. I also recommend it to all my friends who love to face challenges in life.                                                                                           

Reviewed by Devika.P.Santhosh                                                                                          

‘Who Killed Palomino Molero?’ by MARIO VARGAS LLOSA

The story is set in Peru in the 1950’s. Near an air force base in the northern deserts, a young airman Palomino Molero is found brutally murdered. Two local police men Officer Lituma and Lieutenant Silva, try to unravel the crime Rumours abound all over the place that the smuggling or as some believe espionage is the cause of the murder and the incident involve big guys. The local policemen are finally able to find the murderer and the real reason behind the murder. But due to unusual turn of events no one is ready to believe the facts found out. The two police men are not rewarded for the trouble they took to solve the mystery but are in fact forced to bear the brunt of finding the truth.

Mario Vargas Llosa explores the theme of guilt, innocence, the impossibility of justice in a society grounded in inequality and the eternally elusive nature of the truth.

Reviewed by Ms Asha Devi A.

‘Messenger’ by Lois Lowry

Messenger is a 2004 Young-adult fiction by the author Lois Lowry. It forms the third installment of The Giver Quartet. Characters from the two earlier books of the author reappear in Messenger, connecting the novels more strongly. Set in an isolated community known simply as Village, this novel focuses upon a boy named Matty, who serves as message-bearer through the ominous Forest that surrounds the community.

Messenger contains a high quantity of magic realism. Matty, who has lived in Village under the guidance of the blind man, Seer, known for his special sight. Since running away from an abusive childhood, Matty is looking forward to receiving his true name, which he hopes will be Messenger. But he is deeply unsettled by what is going on. He has discovered his own power to heal others and learned of disturbing changes within his community. Under the gentle guidance of Leader, who arrived in Village on a red sled as a young boy and who has the power of Seeing Beyond, the citizens have always welcomed newcomers, especially those who are disabled. But a sinister force is at work, which has prompted them to close admission to outsiders. Also, it seems that Matty’s beloved Mentor has been trading away parts of his inner self in order to become more attractive to Stocktender’s widow. When the date for the close of the border is decided, Matty must make one more trip through the increasingly sinister Forest to bring back Seer’s daughter, the gifted weaver Kira. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

On the return journey, Matty must decide if he should use his healing but, self-destructive power to reverse the inexorable decline of Forest, Village, and its people. While readers may be left mystified as to what is behind the dramatic change in Village, Lowry’s skillful writing imbues the story with a strong sense of foreboding, and her descriptions of the encroaching Forest are particularly vivid and terrifying.

Reviewed by Nimmy S. Babu, PGT (Biotech)

‘The Girl Who saved the King of Sweden’ by Jonas Jonasson

Nombeko Mayeki defies her fate – to grow up quickly and die young in the poverty-stricken  South African town of Soweto – when she starts work at a sanitation company cleaning other people’s latrines. With hard work, smart thinking and a distinctly mathematical brain,  Nombeko works her way up the ladder and is soon practically running the entire facility.
 
But a fateful meeting with a drunk engineer who almost runs her over derails her life….Two other things happen that eventually involve Nombeko: The king and prime minister of Sweden go missing from a gala banquet. And a nuclear missile that isn’t supposed to exist falls into the wrong hands. When Nombeko finds out about this missile, thanks to the drunk engineer, she is forced to flee not just from South African cops but also the world’s most terrifying secret service (yes, that’s Israel’s Mossad). Then she finds herself in Sweden, where she discovers it has become a nuclear nation, and the fate of the whole world now rests in her hands….
 
The novel features a zany cast of characters which includes: Nombeko, the woman with a gift for numbers, Holger One the republican activist determined to bring down the monarchy and his brother Holger Two, who’s tired of not technically existing and his brothers antics.
 
The story whisks you away along its dramatic twists and turns. One minute you’re with three Chinese girls with a talent for faking antique gooses, the next you’re watching a crazed man get attacked by a Swedish King. The story is full of odd twists and turns and the most absurd situations you can imagine. It makes it fun to read, because I never knew while I was reading it what would come next. But sometimes I wished that the author, Jonas Jonasson, slowed down the absurdities a bit, because I found the end of the story hard to follow because of this. On the other had I had to laugh at many of these points in the story because they were so unbelievable funny. If you are not in for absurdity this will not be your type of book, but if you see the humour between the lines, then you will certainly like it!
 
I rate this book a 4 on 5.
 
Reviewed by Vaishnavi