Category: Cultural

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie The story of life for Koreans in Japan, told through four generations and eight decades. ➽ “I found Pachinko a deeply engrossing story about the burdens of a Korean family living as immigrants  in Japan during the 20th… Continue Reading “Pachinko – Min Jin Lee”

When I Hit You: Or A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An unnamed narrator tells a story of domestic violence and modern marriage in India through the beauty of literature.” ➽ “Named for James Joyce’s debut novel, this book examines modern Inidan marriages and brutality in a way not done… Continue Reading “When I Hit You: Or A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy”

East Of The West – Miroslav Penkov

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks ◉ “I was initially put off reading this book as I don’t particularly like short stories – they usually seem to be too short and I am often left wanting more. However this collection has me converted –… Continue Reading “East Of The West – Miroslav Penkov”

Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Marco Polo describes the cities he visited on his expeditions to Kublai Khan, emperor of the Tartars. ◉ “A small strange little book that needs to be read slowly as if you have all the time in the world. Calvino packs… Continue Reading “Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino”

The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Set in 1966 Calcutta, the Ghosh family represents the nation as it battles an imploding business and poisonous family battles. ✎ “The harrowing opening pages provide the perfect juxtaposition to the petty woes of the Ghosh family whom we are soon introduced… Continue Reading “The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee”

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossieni

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Written from the perspective of Afghan women trapped within their country’s strict regime, this book focuses on the friendship between Mariam and Laila who are wives of the same man. ✎ “Harrowing but addictive. You need to be ready for… Continue Reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossieni”

The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia This Indian novel is about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the “love laws” that dictate who should be loved, and how. And how much.  ❖ “I thought” – Sophia ❖ “And I thought” – Jo ❖… Continue Reading “The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy”

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The story of two brothers living in 1960s Calcutta. One becomes involved in the Naxalite movement and the other relocates to the US. ❖ “A multi-generational, epic Indian novel with politics (of both the country and family) at its heart. I loved… Continue Reading “The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri”

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A coming-of-age story about 10-year-old Darling’s journey out of Zimbabwe and into America. ❖ “Despite being a story of Zimbabwe’s trauma and desperation – and believe me there are some harrowing accounts in these pages – it is the cast of… Continue Reading “We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo”

Nacropolis – Jeet Thayil

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A story set over three decades about a Bombay opium den and the diverse cast of characters who frequent it. © “Written in a meditative, dream-like narrative, and with a combination of real and imagined events, Narcopolis is addictive and soothing. Not a book you… Continue Reading “Nacropolis – Jeet Thayil”