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David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
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Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre
Vernon God Little

Rigzin, February 16, 2007


God becomes Gonzalez in Mexico. Not your normal coming of age story DBC Pierre's debut novel. Don't know what to say about the language Vernon uses but at the beginning of the Act III when he looks upon his town Matirio a final time before leaving for Mexico, he utters these words: "My town is beautiful from up here. It's as if a star shines for every creature in the constellation of Martirio, and a few more shine besides. There's just one tiny black spot at the northern edge of town, where no star shines at al. That will be home." Then onwards I didn't mind his language.

"I wait in the name of all the conclusive knowledge, collected throughout the history of the world, that says girls just can't resist bad boys." After knowing that Vernon is on the run from the law on charge of a murder, Tay, a slight acquaintance of his finally agrees to meet. Vernon has fetishes for panties especially cotton ones and guess what Victoria's Secret outlet is where Vernon meets Tay. But she allies with Lally who is determined to make it big in the media business through ill-practices. Never heard of a more inhumane thing to do that to broadcast an execution on television with added interaction where the people votes to decide who has more time to live. "Popular TV makes money. Criminals are popular on TV. Put them together and, presto- problem solved."

In the prison, he is summoned to Larelle who Vernon thinks is the preacher there and asks him the answer to the secret of this human life. "Papa God growed us up till we could wear long pants; then he licensed his name to dollar bills, left some car keys on the table, and got the f**k outta town.....You are the God. Take responsibility. Exercise your power."

There were many funny moments. In fact a reviewer at Mail on Sunday doesn't find a page without a very good joke. One stands out where he remembers wishing an old movie star to be his dad and says, "May be that percentage of negative energy contributed to his death."
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The Inheritance of Loss: A Novel by Kiran Desai
The Inheritance of Loss: A Novel

Rigzin, February 16, 2007

I bought this novel off the streets of Thamel after I heard that it created quite a stir in the peaceful Himalayan town of Kalimpong where this second novel by Kiran Desai is mostly set, at times moving to the streets of New York city. Nothing like her previous novel Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard which was comical, this novel set against the backdrop of the Nepalese insurgency in and around Kalimpong depicts how lives of the ordinary people are thrown into turmoil. However the protrayal of people of Nepalese descent didn't go well with the Kalimpong folks that there were even book-burning threats. I am from Nepal but here people were not that sensitive to the issue. Anyways it is a worthwhile read, worthy of the Man Booker Prize it was bestowed upon.
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