With the increasing number of e-books and our addiction to screens, it’s time to take a break and turn the pages of a three dimensional book with a cup of tea that not only reminds you of the good old days but really gives meaning to the sentence, “a real page turner”.
Here are some books of the year that we think you might enjoy on those weekends that are spent in our blankets!
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Following a Korean family in this multi generational novel set in the 1900s, talks about the social discrimination hidden in the history of Japan. Talking about the struggles of people in a foreign land, this book shall lead you down the path of a perpetual outsider and with it the questions on belonging and self discovery. A reconstruction of the life of immigrants, this book renders a saga of triumph against all odds.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
George Saunders, renowned for his witty short stories, has redefined love, humour and imagination with his first novel. Based on Abraham Lincoln and the death of his 11 year old son, Willie, the author creates a one night transition of ‘Bardo’, a place between life and death. Surrounded by the ghosts of the past and future, the book is a kaleidoscopic testament of literature that takes us on a journey that is hysterical in both it’s highs and lows.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
20 years later, Arundhati Roy presents her novel focusing on the repercussions in Kashmir after the partition. Concentrating on the story, through the eyes of a hermaphrodite, the book talks about the souls broken by the world and mended by acts of love and hope, a patchwork that reminds us of all humans.
The Windfall by Diksha Basu
Based in the Indian sub-continent and the cultural differences between a few kilometers, the book revolves around a family, presenting a wonderful rags-to-riches story. The book talks about financial success, happiness and appearances that question the importance of real relationships in a hilarious saga.
Priestdaddy: A memoir by Patricia Lockwood
Talking about her childhood in a brasher comic sensibility, Patricia Lockwood discusses her guitar-loving-Catholic-priest fanatic father and a mother focusing on the disasters yet to come, a madness se has to live with, again. A memoir of her life so far, it’s a brilliant comedy that would keep you laughing till you drop.
With audiobooks and ebooks spewing all over the internet, and for those travel readers, some of these masterpieces can be found on various online platforms in narration (The Windfall) and dialogue delivery that can make the characters come alive (Lincoln in the Bardo). While for the over-imaginative sould, try a paperback that would leave you coming back for more.