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Three Women, Lisa Taddeo

This is an ethnographic project that almost reads like fiction. Ya deo follows three women as they navigate sexual lives complicated in some way.

This line on the force of male desire: “men did not merely want, they needed”.

It rings true but is it?

The Golden Mean, Annabel Lyon

Did you ever wonder what Aristotle might be like in bed? No?

Well, read this to find out. It traces the years Aristotle spent working on his greatest project – Alexander the Great. Take this exchange:

Alex: “You’re going to hate an entire nation because you lost one friend?”

Ari: “You’re going to love an entire nation to annoy your teacher?”

And

Ari: “You’ll have to destroy their world just to get into it. What’ll it be worth to you then?”

“You can make the world larger for yourself by conquering it, but you always lose something in the process. You can learn without conquering.”

Alex: “You can.”

The Argumentative Indian, Amarya Sen

  • Loved the giggle worthy opening.
  • The bit about the BJP’s limited success and the soft hindutva – that has changed
  • Shantiniketan: no exams at all (yet he became an economist
  • Stopped half way through and never went back. My bad.

The Position, Meg Wolitzer

The premise is how a book can change lives. The book in question is book about sex, written about one’s parents.

You know how we hate the idea of our parents having sex, what if you discovered a book detailing the sexual exploits of mom and dad? What if not just you but the whole world saw it?

Basically, a family drama that deals with sex and love in different permutations and combinations.

Elle Kennedy: The Deal, The Mistake, The Score, The Goal

Read my thoughts on the chick lit blog here

Sheena Kamal: The Lost Ones, It All Falls Down

Would have been fine if it was a simple missing persons mystery. Turns out to be much more.

Why does the bad guy have to be an outsider though? (not like there aren’t enough white baddies  and Zhang is not a Cantonese name)

My one quibble is how our intrepid (homeless) detectiv, Nora Watts, seems to escape from the most hoary situations. Thrillers are like fairytales – the good guys always win in the end

By the second book, I was sold. In this one, Nora, tries to find her father, but finds her mother. Motherhood – her mother’s, her daughter’s, that of the baddies. Obviously I was all over it.

Overstory, Richard Powers

Thought the individual stories were too fragmented in the beginning but it grew on me (see what I did there?). By the end, had a desperate need to climb the mountain near my house, which I guess is praise?

Didn’t love any of the characters though.