Thursday, February 03, 2005

Ghosh, Murakami etc

(Too lazy for lengthy blogs so here go a couple of “summary” posts)

Currently reading:

Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide. Long overdue I know, so feed me to the tigers and croccies of the Sunderbans. Also shamefacedly admit to only getting started because the man just won the Hutch-Crossword award and I might be profiling him sometime soon. Having started though (am up to page 220) I’m surprised by how easy a read it is, had expected something that would require ploughing through. Completely engrossing, even if you’re not obsessed with the migration habits of river dolphins. The chapters are mercifully short (why don't more writers do this??)

Books in queue:
- Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore
- Colm Tóibín’s The Master and, to complement it, Henry James’s The Wings of the Dove which I recently picked up
- Ian McEwan’s latest, Saturday
- Alan Moore’s graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (yes, the same that inspired the terrible film), which is unexpectedly available in a bookshop I frequent.
- Andrea Levy's Small Island
- Whatever else suddenly comes up for review. Never know how these things work.

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