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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Disgrace by J M Coetzee: On The Cover

Book Cover

 Author J M Coetzee

It's been some time that I read this book by J M Coetzee called Disgrace. Really liked it and will definitely recommend it to all you book lovers out there. For the moment, here's a look at what the cover jacket says:

WINNER OF THE 1999 BOOKER PRIZE

'Exhilarating..One of the best novelists alive.' - SUNDAY TIMES

'A great novel by one of the finest authors writing in the English language today.'  - RUSSELL CELYN JONES, THE TIMES

After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding.

 For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the faultiness in their relationship.

 'Coetzee captures with appalling skill the white dilemma in South Africa.' - JUSTIN CARTWRIGHT, DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Disgrace is a subtle, multilayered story, as much concerned with politics as it is with the itch of male flesh. Coetzee's prose is chaste and lyrical - it is a relief to encounter writing as quietly stylish as this.' - PAUL BAILEY, INDEPENDENT

'By this late point in the century the journey to a heart of narrative darkness has become a safe literary destination, almost a cliche. Disgrace goes beyond this to explore the furthest reaches of what it means to be human; it is at the frontier of world literature.' - GOEFF DYER, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'A masterpiece....perhaps the best novel to carry off the Booker in a decade.' - BOYD TONKIN, INDEPENDENT
 
- Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Unlikely Hero Om Puri: Book Review

 I picked up Unlikely Hero: Om Puri, by journalist-turned-author Nandita C Puri, who is also Om Puri's wife in real life, not because I like Om Puri's work as an actor (which I do), but because I had read so much hype and gossip around it that I really wanted to get my share too...I know, all the wrong reasons to get a book (but sometimes, picking up a book coz it was too hyped or portrayed in juicy sections has actually been a good experience.) Not this time though!

The book was a royal disappointment - a waste of money, a waste of time and a waste of my expectations! I am hugely hugely disappointed.

Well, if you're not aware of all the gossip this book generated right before its release time, let me give you a little insight into the same, so that you understand why I was so wrongly excited to pick this one up.


 From some time before its release, Indian newspapers were carrying stories of how there was trouble in Om Puri's marriage because his wife had come out with this 'explosive' and 'bare all' book on the actor, so much so that Om Puri had, supposedly, decided to divorce his wife, leave her and go back to his first wife.