Another one of my favorite
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I guess all college going students get introduced to this book in some way or the other. It is one of those timeless romantic classics that is enjoyed for the first time by kids who suddenly start taking interest in opposite sex. The story is very simple and is about a rich boy meeting a poor girl and falling in love and how in the end the girl dies due to illness leaving the guy alone.
For me the book was a classic example of dialog writing. Many times I have found that it is difficult to come up with conversation in a book. Movies are great for conversations. You don’t have to keep writing A says; B says; You don’t need to write expressions, you can leave sentences half-finished. The medium of movie allows that since you have a powerful dimension of visuals. But in the books, you need…
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This was a serious book but really good read.
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A lot has been written in books about history of slave trade but I think this is one book which really captures the reality of that time and how it affected not only individuals but the generations thereafter. The journey that Alex Haley makes to earlier generation across continents searching for his roots is the theme of this book. In this journey he is able to capture the life of people in Africa, America and how the struggle for abolition of slavery shaped the history of America.
It is also the story of very simple people who valued their independence but when forced into slavery made the best out of it. They learned the language, tools, culture, religion from their masters and eventually were able to fight back to get back their freedom. The race that came to America as slaves has eventually become the leader of the same country.
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It was probably my first book on fictional history
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I read this book many years ago on a recommendation from a friend. Before that I had not heard about the author or the book. When I saw the size of the book, I was not sure whether I will end up reading such a fat book. Before this book, I had kept “War and Peace” with me without reading for many years. But I will write about that experience some other time. “The far pavilions” is not a book that you want to put down once you start reading it. It was one of those books that really enhanced my interest in genre of “fictional history”.
The book is set in late nineteenth century in the period after 1857 war of Indian Independence and culminating in Second Anglo Afghan war by the end of century. I had not known much about that period of history and I got to…
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Reading this post again I feel like reading Fountainhead once more
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I think writing about Ayn Rand is the most difficult things. But let me make a try. I was introduced to this book by friend in college. I read first few pages and then left it. I could not go through first 10 pages in multiple tries that I made. But then one day I picked it up and read it till Howard Roark goes to Henry Cameron. Once I read the passage where Cameron is angry at Roark for coming to him for work and at the same time threaten him if he goes anywhere else; I was hooked. This was the point where my relationship with Ayn Rand’s work truly began. I read through the book and after that I have read multiple times both Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. I will cover about Atlas Shrugged some other time.
At a top-level, Fountainhead is a love story of a…
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