Book Reviews

Book Review: A Manuscript that moves you

April 17, 2013
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Book Review: A Manuscript that moves you

Paulo Coelho has forged a formidable reputation for himself as not just an author who narrates good tales, but who actually makes the reader think. It is a reputation that gets enhanced with his latest work, Manuscript Found in Accra. Purported to be – it is a work of fiction, as per the categorisation on…

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Book Review: The Definitive Bat(man) Book

April 1, 2013
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Book Review: The Definitive Bat(man) Book

He may have been around for more than seven decades (yes, THAT long) but the Dark Knight of Gotham has never quite enjoyed the kind of popularity that he does these days. Part of it can be attributed to Christopher Nolan’s amazing Batman trilogy, part to the graphic novel revolution, but what cannot be denied…

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The BookWag List 5: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

March 29, 2013
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MJ Main

1. India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha Perhaps the best book to have ever been written about independent India, India After Gandhi makes for compelling reading for anyone interested about the country. Rather than going overboard with statistics and cultural and social observations, Ramchandra Guha has taken a more anecdotal view while retelling history. The result…

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Book Review: The Travelogue as a Graphic Novel

March 27, 2013
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Jerusalem

Mention the word ‘travelogue’ and people tend to think in terms of a diary-like book, describing the author’s experiences in a place and those who lived there, generally with a background of the history and culture of the region thrown in. Well, Guy Delisle’s take on one of the holiest and most controversial cities in the word is…

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The BookWag List 4: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

March 22, 2013
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Road of Bones

1. Road of Bones by Fergal Keane When it comes to great battles of the Second World War, most people tend to focus on the likes of Dunkirk, Okinawa and Kursk. What not too many people know is that one of the most bloody battles of the conflict was actually fought in Kohima in 1944, over control…

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Book Review: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright…

March 20, 2013
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Tiger Pataudi

We must confess we were a bit apprehensive when we heard about the launch of a collection of essays on Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. After all, essay collections on legends who have recently departed for their heavenly abode can be tricky affairs. People tend to praise the subject unabashedly, generating something that is more hagiographic…

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Review Round Up: The Oath of the Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi

March 20, 2013
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Main

Amish Tripathi’s conclusion of his Shiva trilogy has been one of the most discussed books of the year. But does it live up to the hype surrounding it? Well, Bookwag’s own review of The Oath of the Vayuputras will be up shortly. But in the meantime, some reviews of the book  have been coming in and…

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The BookWag List 3: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

March 15, 2013
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The Perfect Murder

  1. Comandante: Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela by Rory Carroll His recent death shocked and delighted people in equal measure. Love him, or hate him, you could not ignore the irrepressible Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela. Some would have us believe he was a revolutionary, others that he was a dictator. Rory Carroll tries to tread…

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5 Books To Read on Shane Warne

March 13, 2013
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Main

He has been arguably the greatest leg spin bowler in cricket history. And also one of the game’s most controversial characters. He has bowled the ball of the century, revived the art of spin bowling  and set cricket records galore. He has been caught cheating on his wife, taking banned drugs and also consorting with…

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BookWag Review: Great Writer+ Great Cricketer = Great Book? Not really…

March 12, 2013
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Main3

The problem with literary labours of love is that they do tend to be a tad less than fair and/or objective,  and Gideon Haigh’s book on Shane Warne falls squarely into that category. “The finest cricket writer alive on the greatest cricketer of our era” is the tagline used to promote book, and while there…

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