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Tinkers by Paul Harding

An amazing journey back of ones life…  I read Tinkers couple of months back but its moments and places are still crystal clear in my head. Tinkers reminded me so much of my paternal grandpa who was also a funny character at his old age very similar to the main character of the book. Sad he is no longer with us, otherwise I would have definitely read this out to him.

It’s all about George Crosby who is coming to the end of his long life. He couldn’t remember any of his grandsons names but remembered every possible detail of his childhood and youth.  As he lies dying, the essence of that life is revealed to us, in particular his relationship with his father Howard, an epileptic patient and a tinker in rural New England in the 1920. A very good read with mixed feelings some very funny and some very emotional.

 

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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Books, Books Read, post weekly 2011

 

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Machu or Devanna

Devi, born in Coorg also known as the “Scotland in India” in the 1860s had a strange and a mystic connection with a flock of black herons since her birth. Devanna, Devi’s childhood friend and a wealthy orphan loved to spend his time with Devi. Everyone in Coorg knew about their deep friendship. They grew up together loved each other’s company and were literally inseparable.

And one fine day Devi came across Machu, a tiger killer. Black herons reappeared and everything about Devi, Devanna and their families changed………

Want to know what happened next; read “Tiger Hills” by Sarita Mandanna a complete journey to the beautiful mountains of Coorg during the colonial period and a heart warming love story.

4/5 a good read.

 Tiger Hills

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Books, Books Read, post weekly 2011

 

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My trip to Illyria

Forgive me for being absent for some time now. Last two days were hectic, so much to take in from my rollercoaster journey to the City of Illyria. If you haven’t heard of Illyria don’t worry I’m going to give you a brief outline on what I did and where I went.

Illyria was founded by an educated technologic and scientific set of people who believed in reasons rather than in Gods. It is a clean and a very neat city state which protect refugees of all around the world including, America, Britain, Asia, China, Australia, Russia and many more countries who suffered from violent rise of the religion fundamentalists. Apart from being a very clean and neat cosmopolitan city Illyria have them all, Robots… robot domestic servants, robot sliver head police who can kill you by pointing a finger at you and even advance sensual pleasure units ASPUs or in simple terms machines built for sex. The robots were different from what we know today, they (robots) have a living layer of skin and flesh which bleeds when cut and as a result of this living layer of skin it is very hard to distinguish them from humans. And there is this amazing trip you can take in their SenSpace, an electronic dream world. Once you get connected to the wires and shut your real self out you can get in to anywhere of your choice without physically being present at that place. I met George a human and Lucy the Robot there. I travelled with them through the wonderful Illyrian city as well as the dusty, underdeveloped and wild outland which lies beyond the gates of Illyria. After wondering for two days with George and Lucy, my journey finally came to an end from my visit to the monastery where the holy machine gives sermons.

“The Holy Machine” by Chris Beckett, originally published in 2004 but became a huge sell-out when it was re published in 2010. A wonderful journey with mixed experiences, love, hate, emotional, strong and wild too.

Loved the book and its characters, they are destined to stay a long time with me.

***** 5/5 a very good read.   

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Books, Books Read

 

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My ‘to read’ list for March – April 2011

After watching few episodes of BBC 2’s my life in books program, I was amazed and found it hard to believe that I’ve not read as much as I thought I have.. this program opened my eyes to many different genres of books which I thought I would never like and for my surprise I enjoyed many books guests on this show recommended. They were all outside my usual genre but simply and utterly loved reading them. Why didn’t I try them before??? Hundred times I tried answering this question until a friend said I need to be happy and stop worrying because I’m trying now….   Im excited to read these and I thought it would be nice to share them with you as well…..

Books I fell in love with from its introduction and waiting to start reading;

Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna.

The handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood

A fine balance by Rohinton Mistry.

The Irish Warrior by Kris Kennedy

Room : a novel by  Emma Donoghue.

The legacy by Katherine Webb.

The help by Kathryn Stockett

If you have read any of them or all, leave a comment so that everyone peeping in can get an idea… I will post my reviews in time I finish reading each of them.

Love to all

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Books, Books to read

 

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Billy Brown and his adventures

Billy Brown the little hero of the post war Brixton, at his tender age could get anything his neighbours wanted or knew someone he could get them from. Such a cheeky chappy…  started with selling firewood and ended up selling almost all including exotic spiders and horse muck.

I simply love his story and the style he has laid it out and it is clearly a gem and a very refreshing book to all irrespective of age and gender.

Oh my my I cannot stop thinking about the poor Red Indians as well as the running PC Collins after seeing the unexplored 250kg bomb and not to forget the sleeping horse napoleon.  Hilarious

love it and enjoyed it thoroughly… now its your turn… enjoy and happy reading

Billy Brown, I'll Tell Your Mother

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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