Recent reads

Boomsday by Christopher Buckley – it’s written in a light-weight summer beach-reading style . . about politics ands contemporary social phenomenon. I picked it up based on its intriguing premise: that Baby Boomers ‘voluntarily transition’ themselves at the age of 65 or so, in order to relieve the debt burden of Gen-Y’s supporting social security. In the end, I felt I’d been fobbed off with junk food, rather than it being a meaty read I was expecting.

Temptations of the West by Pankaj Mishra: A very informative book on the state of the Sub-continent; interwoven with travel and personal experiences. It explains social and political phenomenon: how they are and how they came to be. The author is Indian, hence it gives you more of an insider feel for things, rather a book written by a foreigner looking on. A really good read, if you’re interested in modern-day India and what to know more about the big picture beyond the snippets of news on outsourced jobs and call centers.

Berlin (Book One) City of Stones by Jason Lutes
Paul has a Summer Job by Michel Rabagliati

Both are graphic novels from Drawn and Quarterly. I liked both.
I didn’t like Jar of Fools by Lutes as much (which I had read earlier). Maybe it’s because I went to Berlin recently, that I found City of Stones more interesting. Set in the Weimar days, with an ensemble of different characters who are loosely interconnected, it gives you a sense of what the days leading to the rise of the Third Reich were like.

Paul has a Summer Job is a coming-of-age story in a simpler time (the 70’s!) The end is a bit contrived. But overall, the story touches you with its sort of “Stand By Me” quality.


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