What the world is reading...

Updated on Jan 28, 2006 01:39 PM IST

An eclectic choice of books is doing the rounds with the masses and writers worldwide. A pick of what the world is reading...

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An eclectic choice of books is doing the rounds with the masses and writers worldwide. A pick of what the world is reading...

Fiction

The Sea
John Banville
Alfred A. Knopf

The book tells the story of an art critic Max, who returns to the place of his childhood to seek redemption to his sorrows, troubles as an adult. Banville surprised critics and book lovers by winning the Booker prize for this book.

'A Long Long Way'
Sebastian Barry
Viking

A young Catholic volunteer Willie Dunne, barely 18  leaves his father, his sisters and Greta, the girl he plans to marry, for the trenches. He sets out, with his head full of glorious, uplifting ideas and high ideals about the war. But the real world reveals itself all too soon on the battlefield as Willie's innocence faces the toughest of tests. But he emerges with his essential  goodness intact.

The Testing of Luther Albright
MacKenzie Bezos
Fourth Estate/HarperCollins

Does life offer you a second chance?At times yes, at times no. Does life offer you nine chances? Well, it does to Luther Albright. He gets nine chances to conquer his fear of intimacy and establish the one real relationship in his life.

Ice Haven: A Comic-Strip Novel
Daniel Clowes
Pantheon

Ice Haven is a world where a hello gets rebuffed with an expletive. Friends long to speak to each other but don't speak out. The landscape is bleak, glum, cheerless. When a boy goes missing, another pretends to be his murderer to impress a friend. It's a society where feelings are best left unspoken, for if they're blurted out, dreams will be shattered. Engrossing stuff.

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