Mar 02

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain – Robert Olen Butler

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, ‘A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain’, is a remarkable collection of short stories by Robert Olen Butler. The stories are in the voices of people from Vietnam who in the aftermath of the carnage wreaked by the infamous Vietnam War, find solace in the vast expanse of …

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Mar 02

Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth – Hermann Hesse

Written and published initially under the pseudonym of Emil Sinclair – also the name of the narrator in ‘Demian’ – “The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth” is a bright, bold and bewitching saga of soul searching and self realization. Written during a tumultuous phase when the world was plunged in chaos and destruction as a …

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Mar 02

Rather Be The Devil – Ian Rankin (Inspector Rebus #21)

Still waters run deep. Sleeping dogs do not always lie. John Rebus is now a former Detective Inspector. However, both his razor sharp brain and restless mind are in a state of flux. An unsolved murder, with the victim being the promiscuous Maria Turquand the wife of the high profile entrepreneur John Turquand continues to …

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Mar 02

A Whole Life – Robert Seethaler

The story of Andreas Egger is of a life distinguished by simplicity. It is also the story of a relationship between a solitary man and a stunning landscape. But more pertinently it is a story with which you, me and every other person can relate to, in howsoever a trivial or material way. Robert Seethaler …

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Mar 02

The Infinite Tortoise: The Curious Thought Experiments of History’s Great Thinkers – Joel Levy

From time immemorial, thought experiments have been employed as a platform from which to springboard towards seminal discoveries and thought provoking concepts. Thought experiments have distinguished themselves in a multitude of disciplines ranging from Physics, to Humanities and from Law to Mathematics. Prima facie appearing to be either extremely trivial or incredibly complex, these thought …

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Mar 02

Micro – Michael Crichton, Richard Preston

Commenced by the brilliant late Michael Crichton and completed by the visionary Science Writer Richard Preston, “Micro” is a high strung concept science thriller involving an explosive intersection between nano technology and microbiology. Nanigen, a company housed in an unobtrusive expanse of acreage in quiet Honolulu is on the cusp of making path breaking discoveries …

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Mar 02

How to be Alone – Jonathan Franzen

First things first. The title of this work is an absolute misnomer. This is not a practice manual for an aspiring ascetic or a to-be-mendicant. In fact going through the collection of Jonathan Franzen’s bold and extremely personal essays, loneliness is replaced by a sense of camaraderie and a need for engaging in collective musings. …

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Mar 02

A General Theory of Oblivion – José Eduardo Agualusa, Daniel Hahn (Translator)

Angola is facing testing times just on the brink of its much awaited Independence. The streets are rife with warm blooded rioting youth and factional violence becomes a common place occurrence. Ludovica Fernandes Mano (‘Ludo’) lives in an elite housing complex with her sister Odete and brother in law. An unfortunate incident uproots her existence …

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Mar 02

Okinawa The Last Battle of World War II – Robert Leckie

In this stirring war memoir, Robert Leckie provides a first-hand view of the final battle of World War II that pitted the resilient Americans against their resolute Japanese foes. The battle of Okinawa represented a conflict of attrition as two unrelenting and unyielding sets of brave soldiers engaged in an unforgiving clash in a battlefield …

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Feb 05

COMMERCIALISM IN A CONVEYANCE

It took an operational anomaly in the unseen workings of the Light Railway Transport (“LRT”) system in Malaysia for the full impact of rampant consumerism to sink into me. On a sunny Thursday morning, I wound my way up a crowded escalator onto an even crowded platform for what was supposed to be my routine …

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