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I don’t intend to anything much with this page. It’s just that it’s nice to see lots of pages in the menu.

Will write about Rebecca and My Family and Other Animals, soon. Also The Hollow. It’s a pity that this idea didn’t occur to me when I was an avid reader. No, I’m not gonna write about LOTR or any high profile book. Only light ones. :)

Alchemist
By Paulo Something
This one didn’t deserve to be published, but it does deserve to be written in bold letters. Most things do, one way or the other. I strongly advise you against taking up this book or anything written by Paulo Something or any of his kin.

Rebecca
By Daphne du Maurier
This book was forced on me. Quoting my roommate quoting someone, you really can’t escape when someone is only too willing to lend you a book. :D
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“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
Thus starts one of the best classics I’ve read.
The hero is over forty and his face “was arresting, sensitive, medieval in some strange inexplicable way… [c]ould one but rob him of his English tweeds, and put him in black, with lace at his throat and wrists, he would stare down at us in our new world from a long distant past–a past where men walked cloaked at night, and stood in the shadow of old doorways, a past of narrow stairways and dim dungeons, a past of whispers in the dark, of shimmering rapier blades, of silent, exquisite courtesy.”
The heroine is young, shy, plain, naive and wants to be a woman of thirty six, dressed in black satin with a string of pearls. You don’t learn her first name in the book.
Will continue later…

November 25th, 2007
Dragonflight
Dragonflight
“When is a legend legend? Why is a myth a myth? How old and disused must a fact be for it to be relegated to the category, fairy tale? And why do certain facts remain in-controvertible, while others lose their validity to assume a shabby, unstable character?
Rukbat, in the Sagittarian sector, was a golden G-type star. It had five planets, plus one stray it had attracted and held in recent millennia. Its third planet was enveloped by air man could breathe, boasted water he could drink, and possessed a gravity which permitted man to walk confidently erect. Men discovered it, and promptly colonized it…”

I just completed DragonFlight by Anne McCaffrey. It has dragons, their phosphine emissions, extra-terrestrialism, you get it – a lovely little book in whose winding sentences, predictable but well-defined characters, a flash of greatness and a glimpse at elaborate subtlety makes you wonder about its author.
Alright, I’m forever wondering about authors.
And yes, this page is turning out to be just quotes and not my most favorites at that. I don’t mind.

5 Comments

  1. Hi!
    Just went through your posts. Well.. didn’t understand quite a bit of it. Anyway, we share some interest in this section. I found The Alchemist pretty good but as far as other Paulo Coelho’s books are considered (esp one of them) ahem ahem.. I would stay away from them. Rebecca is one hell of a book. I have read it twice. You could actually live through the leading lady’s life. Unexpected twist in the end. You know what.. After reading your blog, the image of you that I had in my mind just became a lot more weird than it was. ;)

  2. And hey all the best for your exams! Cya soon! :)

  3. :) I thought I might never be able to get you talk on anything other than ARR and Manirathnam.
    “…the image of you that I had in my mind just became a lot more weird than it was”
    LOL, that says a lot. Lol.
    Thanks. See you soon. :)

  4. Hi…this is the first time i m visiting ur website since bcoz my name is also yazhini.All the best for ur website….

  5. Add ur new list of favorite new books soon!


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