The Book List #28

The Book List #28

I Am an Executioner: Love Stories by Rajesh Parameswaran
year: 2012 | pages: 272 | rating: 3/5

An awesome collection of short stories about the power of love.. and the love of power. My favourite story and the reason I bought this book, was "The Infamous Bengal Ming" about a thoughtful tiger who falls in love with his keeper. Rajesh Parameswaran's writing is powerful and amusing and I Am an Executioner is well worth reading.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
year: 2012 | pages: 315 | rating: 2/5

When Cheryl Strayed’s mother dies of cancer (pretty much the only poignant part of this book - the first twenty or so pages are raw), she struggles to cope and spirals into self-destruction. Cheryl starts cheating on her husband, sleeps with random guys, and starts taking heroin; when her marriage breaks down and results in a divorce, Cheryl finds herself metaphorically lost. She then decides to strike out along the Pacific Crest Trail with no experience, no training, and what can only be described as blind ignorance. Unsurprisingly Cheryl makes a bunch of bad decisions on the hike and I suppose Cheryl would like us to think of her as courageous; a “brave woman battling against the odds” trying to “find herself.” I just see a woman who could have got herself killed. It’s not brave or funny or courageous to set off into the wilderness unprepared, it’s dumb. Wild is, unfortunately, vacuous navel-gazing at best.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
year: 2013 | pages: 230 | rating: 1/5

Framed at the beginning of each chapter as if it were a self-help book, How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia tells the story of a rural boy’s rise to the position of a corporate tycoon. The monotone voice of our unnamed narrater is so dry it’s difficult to feel any warmth towards any of the main characters. What could have been a rather moving story is transformed into a stand-offish account of one man’s life told in a rather curious but not-that-interesting manner.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
year: 1968 | pages: 183 | rating: /5

A Wizard of Earthsea is the first of five books in the Earthsea Cycle series, and the story tells us about a young boy called Ged, who joins a school of wizardry. During a fight with a rival, Ged casts a powerful spell that sets loose a terrible shadow into the world. Well written with a good plot, A Wizard of Earthsea is a pretty good young-adult fantasy novel and I will definitely be returning to read the rest of this series.

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