Nobel Prize Winners

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(Review of Palace Walk: Part 1 of Cairo Trilogy by Egyptian Nobel laureate author Naguib Mahfouz) The Cairo trilogy by NF is a work of Tolstoyan proportions, drawing a picture of a place during a certain period through its portrayal of a large number of well-developed complex characters. Though mostly it is a story of a joint…

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(Review ‘Of Africa’ by Wole Soyinka 5*/5*) The title itself was fascinating to me. Not ‘Of Nigeria’ but ‘Of Africa’. Anybody who talks of thinking beyond political boundaries quickly gets my respect. “The rise of extreme nationalism, often developing into outright xenophobia, barely disguised under legislative formalisms that never name their real goal – exclusion…

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  (Review of ‘Children of Gebelaawi’ –  a novel by Naguib Mahfouz, translation of Philip Stewarship) This is an allegory on the history of prophets of Abraham religions – Adam, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad represented as far as humanly possible. Gebelaawi, the creator of the alley, favored his son (from a servant) Adham over his other…

Read More Who’s the Mr. Capital-G in here?

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(Review of ‘The Sound and the Fury’ , a novel by William Faulkner 5*/5*) “Caddy smelled like trees.” There is a bollywood movie Gujarish about an ex-magician who meets an accident and is now suffering paralysis from neck down for several years. Finally he requests an amendment in law to make Euthanasia legal, so that…

Read More Stepping into madman’s shoes

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(Review of  ‘The Tin Drum’ – a novel by Nobel laureate Günter Grass  Rating – 5*/5*) In the very first chapter of Nobel laureate Gunter Grass’ incredible novel ‘The Tin Drum’, I was reminded of Midnight Children(MC) because of the narrator Oscar’s  conversational tone of narrative – same as that of Saleem Shinai of MC.…

Read More Onions and Potatos : review of ‘The Tin Drum’