Monday, August 14, 2006

Longlist out - 19 books. I am delighted that Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss made it. Also rooting for Peter Carey's Theft: A Love Story, Nadine Gordimer's Get a Life and David Mitchell's Black Swan Green.

4 comments:

Chenthil said...

Haven't read any of them. Which Library has these books in Madras?

Anonymous said...

I happened upon your blog quite accidentally during my cyberegrination, the sole intent of which was to cure my insomnia. Anyone who is a voracious reader belongs to the same sub species of humankind as I am and hence worthy of attention. I must say your blog did not cure my insomnia but I postponed making any comment till this morning while letting my monday scheme against me. I am a genreless reader and in desperation have even resorted to reading the various ingredients that make up shampoos, aftershaves, toothpastes and other sundry items that are usually found in a bathroom.
I am afraid I have to take the side of A.S.Byatt in the Rowlings issue even if it means I am accused of being a literary snob. I do admit to standing at the entrance to Borders around midnight to buy the young wizard's books for my daughter who like countless other American children are being pied pipered into a literary swamp from which I hope they surface with some aesthetics intact.(okay, okay, that was a bit harsh)
As to Ayn Rand, I am nonplussed why anyone would consider her a serious philosopher. But she seems to have an ardent following in India which is not similar to the one Wodehouse has. Wodehouse is a charming read. I have two and half decades old memories of the Alwar store at Luz corner(does it still exist?) from where frayed and prolifically dog-eared Wodehouse books were procured by me and my obsessively bibliophilic mother.
Have you ever read G.V.Desani's ' All about H.Hatterr' and I.Allan Sealy's 'Trotternama'? They are lovely and unusual stories. My last book was Orhan Pamuk's 'My name is Red".This is an engaging novel about calligraphers in 16th century Istanbul.
I am rambling and you might end up drowsy reading this. :)
Anyway, thanks for your lovely blog. It kept me awake for a while.
--
Aravind.

Echo/Lavanya said...

Aravind:

Two words - Thank you!

I am so glad you took the time to write such a note. (Hush, I agree with A.S.Byatt too!)

Thanks for the book recos - I have read parts of Trotternama. Have heard so much about My Name is Red, but have not read it. Pamuk's Snow was interesting. And G.V.Desani - I am not familiar at all.

And Alwar - err...good question. I have not checked in the last few months. But before that I heard rumours that he might be gone. I will have to check and let you know. I think he is still around, now that you ask, I am beginning to wonder...

Anonymous said...

I will be rooting for david mitchell. as anyone who has read cloud atlas must. even though, black swan green isn't as brilliant. it stands shoulders above anything else on the list so far, though i adored james robertson's testament of gideon mack and claire messud's emperor's children is constantly surprising.

i would also love to see howard jacobson make it to the shortlist, though i will be surprised if he does. and kiran desai's book is truly artful.

and you can be sure to see andrew o'hogan's be near me in the shortlist. i will be shocked if it isn't there.

(same anonymous me)