Book Reviews

The Stranger in the Woods – Michael Finkel

By Vidurr Sharrma

Michael Finkel

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by author Michael Finkel.

Is a story of a man who at the age of 20 suddenly disappeares into the woods. “One day, just another day, Christopher Knight drove his car gave up and then his legs drove him to the jungle.”

Christopher Knight disappeared in the woods of rural Maine shortly after completing his graduation from high school & spent his next 27 years in the forest until he was caught by police. Nobody knows why he did that, why he exiled himself from society, why he did not want to be the part of world, to have family!

The story majorly narrates with elucidating his daily struggles for food, how he managed to break into houses to steal food and all the essentials he needs to survive in the tough jungle. His life was complete isolation and he was literally prepared to live in the woods and die in the woods. Unfortunate for him, in one of his acts of break Ins into camp sites, his hour of luck ran out and he was arrested. As he was quite famous for his regular heists, the story spread like a fire and this is how journalist Michael Finkel came in contact with Knight and ultimately it led to the writing of this book.

I really admire the hardwork which the author has  pulled in to collect Knight’s whole experience in the woods – showing us a different side of a life where a man left all the social pleasures and lived in complete isolation.

Well recommended ! 4 stars.

Book Reviews

The Giver – Lois Lowry

By Shabbir

The GIver

What does the perfect society look like?

Its an important question without an answer. Which is strange because the question is extremely basic.

We are humans and we ought to know what’s the best way to live in groups. Only we dont.

The Giver explores the question in a very unique way. Through describing a safe, efficient society set in the unknown future. Through telling first about everything that’s right with it, and then everything that’s not. Told with a simplicity children can understand (it is in fact a children’s book, and like all good children’s book, not limited by the reader’s age), it’s one of the stories that gets you thinking, about a question which has no answer. Maybe to bring home the realization that some questions just do not have an answer.

Book Reviews

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Review by Joseph Rai

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – a book about the joy of reading and letter writing. How can it possibly go wrong?

Just imagine that a book you once possessed has landed in the hands of another discerning reader. To your utmost surprise one day, you get a text message from the reader saying that he/she is in possession of your book and wants to connect. Of course you had scribbled your phone number in the book for reasons lost to you by now.

This sort of forms the premise of the magnificent epistolary romance/historical novel set in World War II.

 

Full Review on Delhi Book Club Facebook Page -https://www.facebook.com/groups/delhibookclub/permalink/10155527038290787/

 

Events

Sci Fi

March Meetup

Time - 11 AM
Date - 25th March 2018
Venue - CAARA Café @British Council

This time we are meeting to discuss about books from the SCI FI genre. I am not a big fan or let’s put it this way not very aware and haven’t read much about SciFi. So for those of you who sale in the same boat – so here are some people who can help us with some recommendations for the theme.

Shwetank

“I had read 1984 earlier and found it quite interesting. Didn’t know it was a Sci-Fi. It is only after DBC(Delhi Book Club) announced their next meet theme – Sci-fi – did I realize that I had already read one. So for the upcoming meet I have picked up Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy(HG2G). I like reading novels with music playing in the background. And for this one I keep playing ‘Space Oddity’ by David Bowie. I am liking the HG2G. It’s not as intriguing as 1984 but it’s been a pleasant ride up-till now. Or am I concluding too early ? Let me finish reading it. And let’s hear what others have to say about this book at Delhi Book Club next meet.”

Namrata Madan

When DBC announced the topic of the upcoming meet as sci fi – I immediately knew which to recommend for those new to the genre ; 2001 a space odyssey by Arthur C Clarke. When a book boasts of being the greatest science fiction epic of our time, living up to those words is no mean feat! Especially when you consider that this was written ~50 years ago when even the first moon landing hadn’t taken place, the author’s descriptions of   interplanetary expeditions and Artificial Intelligence are commendable!! So much so that even the titans of science today (Elon Musk, Bill Gates Et all) refer to this work with awe and respect. Do yourself a huge favor and pick this up!

Recommendations on the group by other members –

  • Rendezvous with Rama
  • The Time Machine – H.G.Wells
  • Undying Mercenaries Series by BV Larson ( Talks about Aliens Vs Humans but the rake is very different, wuite modern and story is extremely unique! You will get hooked on even if you don’t like SCIFI! ~ Manav)
  • Expeditionary Force Series by Craig Alanson (( Talks about Aliens Vs Humans but the rake is very different, quite modern and story is extremely unique! You will get hooked on even if you don’t like SCIFI! ~ Manav)
  • Watchman by Alan Moore
  • Childhood’s end by Arthur C Clarke
  • Stranger in a strange land
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Frankenstein
  • The Martian
  • Artemis

Hope all you non Sci Fi readers have something to pick on after this. I surely take back Arthur C Clarke as an author to read. So which one are you going to pick!?