Sunday, April 22, 2007

Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist

The 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction shortlist has been announced. Here's the list:

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
The Observations by Jane Harris
Digging to America by Anne Tyler

The winner will be announced on June 06, 2007. To read more, click here.

I highly recommend 'The Observations' by Jane Harris. A hard book to put down. 'The Inheritance of Loss' and 'Digging to America' didn't hold my interest all the way through. I don't think I can put off reading 'Half of a Yellow Sun' anymore.. I gotta read it now!!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Khaled Hosseini's new book - A Thousand Splendid Suns

Did you know?
Khaled Hosseini's new book 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' is scheduled for release on May 22, 2007. Hosseini's much acclaimed novel 'A Kite Runner' was one of my all time favorite reads and I am all excited about his new book.
To Read more about this book, click here

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Measuring Time

Title: Measuring Time
Author: Helon Habila
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 383
Edition: Paperback

Helon Habila's Measuring Time is a gripping tale of twin brothers Mamo and LaMamo who grow up in a small Nigerian village "Keti". Having lost their mother during childbirth, the twin brothers are raised by their uncle and aunt. Mamo, the elder one, is a sick child suffering from sickle-cell anemia whereas LaMamo grows up to be a strong man. Though the twins are so divergent in their characters, they are unified in their hatred towards their father Lemang. Lemang, a philanderer and a local politician could care no less for his sons. The twins decide to join army in order to achieve fame and freedom and flee from home. Mamo had to head back home after suffering from an anemic attack on the way and LaMamo goes on to join a rebel army and becomes a soldier. LaMamo fights in Liberia and Guinea and through his letters to Mamo, he describes the gory details of the war. In the mean time, Mamo becomes a school teacher and a historian. After publishing an article about the history of Keti, Mamo gets the attention of the local ruler "Mai" and is offered an opportunity to chronicle Mai's history to celebrate his regime. Mamo uncovers many disturbing truths about Mai during his work as a biographer and when the local villagers agitate against Mai's corruption, LaMamo comes back home and leads the fight only to suffer a fatal death. With an elegant style and prose, Habila has rendered a heart-wrenching story that will stay with you for a long time. Give this book a try!
My Rating: 4/5