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“Somanatha: The Many Voices of a History” by Romila Thapar

I read this book for the book discussion of Delhi Heritage Walks and it was so fascinating that I finished reading in less than 2 days (about 200 pages). I have a fascination for history but this book is different

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“Cakes and Ale” by W. Somerset Maugham

Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale? Act II Scene III Twelfth Night My discovery of Maugham is entwined with my discovery of College Street at Kolkatta and I can’t describe one

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“Diary of a Bad Year” by J.M.Coetzee

“Miscellany” – the term Coetzee uses for this work. “Unlike a novel, it has no beginning or end.” This book is divided into 2 parts: Part 1- Strong Opinions that expresses his opinions on 31 different topics and Part 2:

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“Chronicles of a Death Foretold” by Gabriel Garcia Marques

I have tried reading Marques before but have never been able to read beyond 100 pages of both 100 years of solitude and live in the time of cholera (although they had been strongly recommended). It’s hard to pinpoint the

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“Slow Man” by Coetzee

Slow Man, like any other Coetzee’s wok is quite distinct and peculiar.  The most striking aspect of the book is that the character-Elizabeth Costello, the protagonist of his earlier book, appears less than half way through the book and then

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“Antic Hay” by Aldous Huxley

Huxley has adroitly mocked every aspect of London society- fake artists, pretentious characters, lofty bohemian society, capricious capitalists (pneumatic trousers) and hollow advertising industry etc but his second book however lacks the strong style of writing that makes Huxley’s “Brave

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Nobel Prize in Literature: A List

Year Name of Author Birhtdate Country of Birth Residence Language Poems/ Prose 2012 Mo Yan 1955 China China Chinese Prose 2011 Tomas Tranströmer 15-Apr-1931 Sweden Sweden Prose 2010 Mario Vargas Llosa 28-Mar-1936 Peru Peru Spanish Prose 2009 Herta Müller 17-Aug-1953

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