I disappear from here when either of these two things happen – (a) I’m not reading at all, or (b) I am reading a lot. I am happy to report, that although most of the times it’s option (a), this time I absconded due to option (b). Since most of my readings happened one after the other, I had no down time to review and record all the books, so I’ve decided to do a quick, one/two-line review of each book:
Sula by Toni Morrison – Morrison remains one of my favorite writers, because re-reading this after almost 10 years was just as great as the first time around. No one can take you into a different world, and yet remain true to human feelings, like Morrison can.
Meridian by Alice Walker – An early work by another favorite writer, this one is quite different from her other books I have read, but a great look into a Civil Rights Activist’s life.
Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai – My first full-length Desai, and I loved it – subtle, lyrical, complicated. A great read if you like Indian fiction in English
Desirable Daughters by Bharati Mukherjee – This book boggled me – it came across as a pulpy, detective novel in the garb of serious fiction. It was over-bearing and needlessly lengthy.
Bombay Talkie by Ameena Meer – Did not like it. One of those books that tries to be an exposé of the Indian upper-class, but ends up being superficial and stereotypes everyone.
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat – Again, re-read this beautifully written book about three generations of mothers and daughters and their complex relationships. Set in Haiti and New York.