This Book Lovers Day, Aishwarya Menon takes you deep into the world of nomadic destinations through 5 books long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2017
Pick from brilliant novels by big-name authors like Sebastian Barry’s intimate epic of the US Civil War, Days Without End, or Zadie Smith’s novel on friendship and failure, Swing Time. Looking for a writer closer to home? Pick 1997 winner, Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness, which narrates the tales of some of the darkest and most violent episodes of modern Indian history or choose to read Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13, a novel that records human and animal rhythms of life in a quaint English village or Paul Auster’s one-man-four-lives breeze-block, 4 3 2 1.
Can’t make up your mind? Pick from the excerpts below…
Paul Auster‘s 4 3 2 1
Set in New York & New Jersey & Paris
Termed ‘a wonderfully intelligent book’, 4 3 2 1 takes us into the four different lives of Archie Ferguson, born to Rose and Stanley. Set in New York, New Jersey, and Paris the novel sketches a coming of age tale with hard hitting elements like a birth in 1947, growing up in the 60’s, developing a love for literature, and homosexuality. Travel with Ferguson to lands where he seeks answers to his questions.
Holiday In The USA
Holiday In Paris
Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End
Set In Canada and The United States Of America
The two-time Man Booker Prize winner, Sebastian Barry, has once again managed to thrill us with a book that vows to stay etched in the mind for a long time to come. Set against the backdrop of the American, Indian & Civil Wars, Days Without End is a classic take on Indian Wars—against the Sioux and the Yurok—and, ultimately, the Civil War. Traverse with the protagonist Thomas McNulty, as you skim through a fresh, poignant portrait of two men living a makeshift family life during the fateful years in American history.
Holiday in Canada
Jon McGregor‘s Reservoir 13
Set in England, The United Kingdom
The award winning author, Jon McGregor, is known to weave stories that grip your heart and make you feel a sense of loss for fictional characters. Set in the hills and the heart of England, Reservoir 13 talks about a teenage girl gone missing. The author, known to play with the elements, writes with ease about bats hanging by the eaves of the church, foxes prowling deep in the woods, and violence.
Intriguing? Explore the mystic land of England!
Arundhati Roy‘s The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness
Set In Delhi and Kashmir, India
Indulge yourself in an intimate journey across the Indian subcontinent, as Arundhati Roy writes about the cramped neighbourhoods of Delhi, the valleys of Kashmir & beyond, where war is peace and peace is war. Ravishing and deeply humane, The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness tugs at the heart strings and pushes you into the past; of 2002 Godhra riots, and the political unrest scaffolding Kashmir, currently.
Visit Delhi for its other-worldly charms
Holiday amid the snow capped valleys of Kashmir
Zadie Smith‘s Swing Time
Set in London, New York & West Africa
Swing Time is a dazzlingly energetic novel, written by Zadie Smith. As you read along the lines, you walk with the characters, two brown girls, and learn about friendship, betrayal, music and much more. Set in London, New York & West Africa, you travel with the book as readers to the locations the protagonists take you to.
Travel to the wild lands of Africa