Tuesday, January 13, 2009

1,2,3 novels

1. Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses needs no presentation. There are people out there writting their graduate disertation on this book, and their opinion is obviously more profesional than mine.
For me it was an amazing journey from myth to contemporary issues under the leitmotif of change "what kind of an idea are you?". A journey among stereotypes of good and evil, religious belief, race and ethnicity, love and sex...Drawn with fine irony( 'They have the power of description" notices the "Bengali Tiger") with rich images ,a smooth narration...The only personal disappointment was that the yellow butterflies did not match those of Marquez (and I was already under the spell of the yellow butterflies from Macondo).

2. Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy is a novel written in almost a Flaubertian manner : with a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting a suggestive picture from these small details .
The book is not simply the coming out of age of a gay boy in Sri Lanka between 1970-1983 but also an account of ethnic tensions and gender issues , customs and prejudices ...

3. Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a story ( or to be more exact a few stories) built around a bowler hat.
Ironic at times, serious at others the author tells the stories of two men and two women as they oscillate between lightness and heaviness, between betrayal and loyalty, between what is merely convenient and what is just.

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