Category: Cultural

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”

Where We Once Belonged – Sia Figel

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy This Commonwealth Prize winner is the coming-of-age story of 13-year-old Alofa Filiga in a Samoan village ✔ “Where We Once Belonged is written in the traditional Su’ifefiloi style. Literally this means a woven garland of flowers. As a… Continue Reading “Where We Once Belonged – Sia Figel”

The Long Song – Andrea Levy

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The story of July, a Jamaican slave who witnesses both the atrocities and abolition of slavery  You do not know me yet. My son Thomas, who is publishing this book, tells me, it is customary at this place in a novel… Continue Reading “The Long Song – Andrea Levy”

The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Nadine This novel discusses who should be loved, and how. And how much. It describes how small things affect people’s behaviour and lives ♥ “The God of Small Things details the lives of fraternal twins Rahel and her brother… Continue Reading “The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy”

The Whale Rider – Witi Ihimaera

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy Kahu Apirana is a 12-year-old Maori girl who wants to become the chief of her tribe, but must battle her great-grandfather to make herself heard. ♥ “Maori chief Koro Apirana is angered when his grandson’s wife gives birth… Continue Reading “The Whale Rider – Witi Ihimaera”

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Over one night, a Pakistani man tells an American stranger about his love affair with a woman and his forced abandonment of America post 911. ⚈ “Changez is a Pakistani man living in New York at the time of the terror attacks… Continue Reading “The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid”

The People’s Act Of Love – James Meek

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A renegade Czech army unit is stranded in a community of religious fanatics in a small, remote town in Siberia.  ⚈ “The People’s Act of Love is set in 1919 in Yasyk, Siberia, a small town on the… Continue Reading “The People’s Act Of Love – James Meek”

The Bone People – Keri Hulme

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A New Zealand book which is an unusual love story, depicting a utopian unity between Maori and Western culture ⚈ “Kerewin Holmes is a reclusive painter who is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Joe… Continue Reading “The Bone People – Keri Hulme”