Category Archive: Arm Chair Critic – The Joy of reviewing a book

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” Mark Twain

Oct 14

Call for the Dead (George Smiley) – John le Carré

My staple diet of spies has until now been catered to by a flood of Len Deightons, a stream of Jack Higgins and a cascade of Alistair Macleans. My tryst with John le Carre was restricted to a single book whose title i struggle to recollect. A few days back my curiosity was piqued courtesy …

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Oct 14

A Murder of Quality (George Smiley) – John le Carré

The remarkable George Smiley is back again this time investigating the brutal murder of Stella Rode, the wife of a tutor in the much acclaimed Carne boarding school. In his inimitable methodical fashion that is bereft of all tendentiousness, Smiley proceeds to unravel the mystery behind the murder and in the process is accosted by …

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Oct 14

Camino Island – John Grisham

A listless, lacklustre, plain and unfortunately avoidable fare from one of the best purveyors of legal thrillers. “Camino Island” lacks the usual verve, vigor and passion that otherwise forms the cornerstone of a John Grisham novel. The breakneck speed at which events conflate and collude is completely absent, the plot meanders along in an irritatingly …

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Oct 14

GURKHA: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas – Kailash Limbu, Alexander Norman

The feeling that stems from a reading of Colour Sergeant Kailash Limbu can at best be described as ambivalent. If you are looking for an extended and elaborate history of the stellar origins and stupendous achievement of the much admired and feared Gurkha Regiment, then this definitely is not a book. However if you are …

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Oct 14

Bad Banks: Greed, Incompetence and the Next Global Crisis – Alex Brummer

Alex Brummer chronicles in fascinating detail the excesses committed by unscrupulous and greedy bankers at the cost of the ordinary tax payer even post the roiling financial crisis of 2007-09. “Bad Banks” concentrates on all the major financial institutions in the United Kingdom which engaged in murky banking practices, consummated shaky deals and exhibited unrestricted …

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Oct 14

On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System – Henry M. Paulson Jr.

Easily the most engaging book on the malevolent Recession that shook the very edifice of the Global Financial and Economic Systems during the years 2007-09. Other than the fact that this gives a first hand account of the cause, consequences and mitigation measures, Henry ‘Hank’ Paulson’s book stands out for the following reasons: 1. The …

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Oct 14

The Course of Love – Alain de Botton

Let’s face it – the Alain De Botton of the non fiction genre is a much more upholstered (deservedly) and embellished attraction than the Alain De Botton of the novels. After a hiatus spanning almost two decades, De Botton returns to the world of the novels with “The Course of Love”. I personally could feel …

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Oct 14

The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley

Eerie, taut and bleak, Andrew Michael’s Costa Award winning debut novel marks him out as an author of immediate reckoning. He had my pulse gripped throughout the book, as he masterfully took me along the wefts and weaves of a tapestry that was ingenious, intense and immersing. “The Loney” is categorised as belong to the …

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Oct 14

The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism – Fritjof Capra

In this path breaking work that has stood the test of time for close to half a century now, theoretical physicist Fritjof Capra traces the mystifying parallels between Eastern mysticism and modern physics. Having as its edifice, meticulous research and jaw dropping corroborations, Capra strikes a resonance in his reader by drawing together the gospel …

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Oct 14

Release the Bats: Writing Your Way Out Of It – D.B.C. Pierre

Honesty dictates that I begin this review with a confession. This is a book ‘on writing’ unlike any that I have read till date. No, in fact to lend an even more transparent perspective, this book is unlike all the books ‘on writing’ that I have read. I cannot say that I have come out …

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