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Does the world really need another retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE?

Recently listened to Curtis Sittenfeld’s ELIGIBLE, which proudly announces itself, on the cover, as a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice. This strikes me as something the book is unduly proud of. It hits the notes of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE in such a straightforward way, almost as if it feels there’d be some punishment if […]

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In which I unveil the theme for my upcoming year’s reading

I’m in Mumbai right now. Both of my parents grew up here, so it’s kind of the motherland. I’m also still reading Les Miserables. As such, I have no recent books to blog about, so I will instead post scattered thoughts I just renewed my membership in SFWA. I know that when I first qualified […]

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Predictably Good Books (that I read in 2012), Part One

I feel like there’s no way to say “Pride and Prejudice was really good” without somehow indicating that you know it’s supposed to be good and that you’re not surprised it’s good. And that’s why this entry is titled “Predictably good books.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I love Jane Austen. Before reading […]

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Quick Reactions To Books That Probably Deserve Long Reactions

Okay, so sometimes I feel like I am neglecting this blog. That is not really true, I guess, but I built up quite a lot of posting in March and February, and I am getting slightly more traffic than I used to get, so I kind of feel like I owe it to you folks […]

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A Jane Austen novel that enlightened me as to the curious joys of the non-masterpiece

As I’ve alluded to before, one of my greatest reading experiences of 2009 was staying up until 4 AM (on a Monday) reading Jane Austen’s Emma. It was all the more surprising to me because back in 10th grade, Pride & Prejudice was the very first school-assigned book that I didn’t read. I mean, I […]

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Sense and Sensibility

Although my book-blogging has long been in abeyance, I do write, in my spreadsheet, little one-line summaries of the books I read. However, they are remarkably short on any literary insight. I just finished Sense and Sensibility and my review reads: “I found this book to be frequently somewhat tedious, and occassionally confusing, but the […]

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