Book Review

When less is more

A failing, disgruntled, middle-aged writer travels the world to forget his beloved, and finds love again where he least expects it Nothing unique about the concept

Richa Bhattarai, Apr 20 2019

full story »

Doab Dil is a pleasure to flip through and ruminate over, but it is also haphazard and pretentious

Divided into 11 chapters, the writer flits between subjects and associations with a practiced, if clumsy, tread. There is much thought spent on gardens and their benefits; changing landscapes; histories and nocturnal activities; libraries and truths.

Richa Bhattarai, Apr 05 2019

full story »

Emotionally charged, vividly illustrated

Khaled Hosseini is remarkable for telling tales about the bonds that cement people together and shape our lives; how we define each other; and the choices we make that resonate through history.

Saroj GC, Mar 30 2019

full story »

Gets under your skin, and stays there

This is a wretched tale about revolting people This is also an empathetic account of needful humans

Richa Bhattarai, Mar 23 2019

full story »

Narayan Wagle’s Koreana Coffee Guff makes for an engaging read owing to its lucid, freewheeling narrative style

Narayan Wagle might have taken the Nepali literary scene by storm with 2005’s Madan Puraskar-winning Palpasa Café, but before that, he had already made a name for himself as the writer of the widely-followed Coffee Guff columns, published weekly in Kantipur’s Koselee supplement.

Timothy Aryal, Mar 09 2019

full story »

The centre cannot hold

Forgive us, we sound scattered,” says a spirit in Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel, Freshwater. It is as if the book is asking forgiveness for its random and disjointed but wild flashes of brilliance that simply refuse to stitch themselves together into a seamless pattern.

Richa Bhattarai, Mar 09 2019

full story »

Ben Okri writes beautifully but The Freedom Artist has too many loopholes and inconsistencies

Can a book start a revolution? Ben Okri’s The Freedom Artist certainly intends to.

Richa Bhattarai, Feb 22 2019

full story »

A story of deferred dreams

While conflict is one of the prominent agents of social change and transformation, it naturally has more heinous and notorious repercussions. It can be infinitely menacing and equally dehumanising.

Saroj GC, Feb 15 2019

full story »

The lessons you teach

Sixteen-year-old Starr knows these rules by heart. When she was 12, her parents taught her how to deal with cops, because she isn’t “too young to get arrested or shot.”

Richa Bhattarai, Jan 26 2019

full story »

Good, but not quite best

In ‘March, Me and Sakura’ by Geetanjali Shree, a 70-year-old Indian mother travels to Japan to be with her son. At first wary of the unfamiliar country and afraid of venturing out, she ends up an adventurous soul, freeing the child within in the new land, far from judgment and societal restrictions. It is enthralling to travel with her and shed our inhibitions alongside.

Richa Bhattarai, Jan 12 2019

full story »

Of birds and flights of fancy

Halfway into the middle of his ill-fated mission, in the middle of a nowhere desert, Major Ellie crashes his plane. Momo, a Cherokee-driving, gun-toting, 15-year-old from a nearby refugee camp, stumbles across him. Bringing them both to each other is Mutt, a philosophical dog who once had his ‘brains fried’ due to a mishap.

Richa Bhattarai, Dec 15 2018

full story »