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The Book Club: 5 books at a time

What to read, what not to read... what’s that book everyone is talking about? Don’t worry. We’ll clue you in...

brunch Updated: Sep 14, 2013 16:05 IST
Saudamini Jain
HT Brunch

What to read, what not to read... what’s that book everyone is talking about? Don’t worry. We’ll clue you in...

Everybody is reading: The Oath of the Vayuputras: Shiva Trilogy 3 by Amish Tripathi
You’re either hooked to the bestselling trilogy or (like me) gave up half-way through the first one. It’s a fictionalised account of the Hindu God Shiva. But sometimes, it’s okay to wait for the film adaptation.

The book by an Indian-American longlisted for the Man Booker: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
It’s about two inseparable brothers growing up in Calcutta in the ’60s – Udayan finds himself drawn to the Naxal movement, Subhash leaves for America but is forced to come back when…

The book most made fun of this year: Dan Brown’s Inferno
Yes, Brown’s readers worship him... yada yada. But the critics had a field day when the book was released – Danny can’t write to save his life.

The intellectual conversation starter: A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography Of Patna by Amitava Kumar
A slim book full of interesting anecdotes – the eccentrities of Subodh Gupta; Deewan Bahadur RK Jalan who had a penchant for collecting European artifacts (including Napolean’s four-poster bed) and more.

Read The Book Thief (2005) by Markus Zusak before the film adaption releases: It’s about a young girl living in Nazi Germany and her relationship with books. It’s about the Holocaust and a Jewish man that Liesel and her family are hiding in their home. It’s narrated by death. It’s a powerful must-read. The trailer looks amazing!

From HT Brunch, September 15

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