Here are the books on our November reading list
What the Brunch team is reading and recommends.brunch Updated: Nov 12, 2016 18:53 IST
1. Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
What it’s about: The narrator has a physical relationship with his Nietzsche-spouting friend, F, who was also sleeping with his wife who committed suicide.
Why I like it: Not for the faint-hearted, it is layered with symbolisms and sub-texts, making it a deliciously difficult read.
– By Ananya Ghosh
2. Selection Day by Aravind Adiga
What it’s about: A Mumbai novel that traces the lives and times of two batsmen who have a record-breaking school cricket partnership.
Why I like it: It brings you the sights, sounds and smells of Maximum City’s maidans, where a number of cricket greats cut their teeth.
– By Aasheesh Sharma
3. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case by Agatha Christie
What it’s about: It’s a murder mystery set in a country house.
Why I like it: In his last case, Hercules Poirot is a frail old man, but his analytical skills are sharp as ever. The setting mirrors that of the first Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
– By Vidya Prabhu
4. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
What it’s about: This WWII novel takes you into the parallel stories of a blind six-year-old girl in Paris and an orphan boy in Germany.
Why I like it: It’s a moving story that transports you into the lives of two people on opposite sides in the conflict. I can’t wait to see how their paths converge.
– By Shikha Kumar
5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
What it’s about: Three school friends, Kathy, Ruth and Tommy, discover they are clones created for scientific purposes.
Why I like it: It’s an unconventional coming-of-age tale that explores the themes of love, friendship, and the discovery of one’s true identity.
– By Nidhi Choksi
6. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl
What it’s about: In this Holocaust memoir, Viennese psychiatrist Viktor Frankl reflects on life in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Why I like it: Validating his theory with his experiences, Frankl argues that meaning can be found in the worst of situations and this quest gives life purpose.
– By Supriya Sharma
From HT Brunch, November 13, 2016
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