This year it’s felt like we’ve been inundated with longlists & shortlists for literary prizes. For the most part I’ve tried to mention those that are significant to translations and international lit. There aren’t any new prizes, the same lists are being posted, still I can’t be alone in feeling burnt-out? The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature longlist came out today. It’s an interesting … Continue reading 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Longlist
O India! Where did you and I go wrong? Of the five books I meant to review, I completed three. July saw me never quite in sync with my reading list. Was I overly ambitious? – things did seem to fall apart when I tackled the nonfiction titles. So to recap (follow the links if you missed a review): The Hundred-Foot Journey by Ricard C. … Continue reading India or Bust?
I have a confession to make. I’ve never been to India. It’s incredibly annoying to try to spend an entire month focusing on a place that you’ve had no first hand experience with. Which is why I’ve decided to call in a ringer. Erica Derrickson not only spent a significant amount of time wandering around India…she came back with a book full of photographs. Which, … Continue reading Visiting India – A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
I started this series – 100 Pages – for the books I can’t finish, but which I still think might have merit. Chef, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, falls into that category. I received my copy through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program. So let’s rip off this band-aid quickly. Kirpal “Kip” Singh, the novel’s narrator, is dying of a brain tumor. Kip … Continue reading 100 Pages – Happily setting aside Chef by Jaspreet Singh
The Hundred-Foot Journey is narrated by Hassan Haji. It is, in essence, a middle-aged chef recounting the story of his rise to Michelin stardom. We learn of Hassan’s childhood in India and follow the culinary fortunes of the Haji family as they travel from there to France (by way of England) – eventually finding a new home in the French Alps. They open a restaurant … Continue reading Richard C. Morais’ The Hundred-Foot Journey (Advance Review Copy)