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Book Review: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Before I start writing review of this book Love in the Time of Cholera, here is my own personal story of how I picked it up in the first place. Frankly speaking I no more like typical love stories; I think I am past that age! But then when my cousin suggested a scoopwhoop link – if you want to read a love story but cannot deal with mushy at all, it was like an answer in the right direction and thus, I started off this book.

I would say it was a great experience since I had not read a book slow in pace savoring the background and spaces, and this book really helped me in sleeping after reading 2-3 pages only every day for past 1 month. So, you know which book I am going to recommend next if you find trouble sleeping but still love love stories. Just kidding! It turned out to be a great tear-extractor for me in places when the person you loved desperately simply ignored you!

The book is a slow start, but to a great end, especially the last 25% of the book, where I easily turned the pages since the ages old love was not that unrequited after all! But will that be for forever. Now, let me not give the story-line all away, for you must enjoy the magic realism set forth by the author on your own. Wooaahh, I just realized while writing this post that the author is a Novel Prize winner and I had thought I could not handle one ever 🙂

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Nobel prize winner and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells a tale of an unrequited love that outlasts all rivals in his masterpiece Love in the Time of Cholera.

‘It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love’

Fifty-one years, nine months and four days have passed since Fermina Daza rebuffed hopeless romantic Florentino Ariza’s impassioned advances and married Dr Juvenal Urbino instead. During that half-century, Florentino has fallen into the arms of many delighted women, but has loved none but Fermina. Having sworn his eternal love to her, he lives for the day when he can court her again.

When Fermina’s husband is killed trying to retrieve his pet parrot from a mango tree, Florentino seizes his chance to declare his enduring love. But can young love find new life in the twilight of their lives?

About the author:
Gabriel José de la Concordia Garcí­a Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garcí­a Márquez, familiarly known as “Gabo” in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best-known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magical realism, which uses magical elements and events in order to explain real experiences. Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo, and most of them express the theme of solitude.

His novel, El amor en los tiempos del cólera (1985), or Love in the Time of Cholera, drew a large global audience as well. The work was partially based on his parents’ courtship and was adapted into a 2007 film starring Javier Bardem. García Márquez wrote seven novels during his life, with additional titles including El general en su laberinto (1989), or The General in His Labyrinth, and Del amor y otros demonios (1994), or Of Love and Other Demons..

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Name: Love in the Time of Cholera
Author: Gabriel García Márquez
Pages: 348
Publication Year: 1985
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Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Once in a while you want to read a light happy-go-lucky book just to counter the effect of earlier books you had read. And I found my happily ever after in the book The Bookshop on the Corner, also known as Little Shop of Happily Ever After.

It is a story of how when life puts you down, in a way, it is giving opportunity to change the track of your life and that too for good. But let us not talk about the story-line more and give it all away other than that for book lovers, it is a must read. The moment I opened this book, the introduction by the author brought a biiiiiig smile on my face (like I do when I remember Jalebi advertisement – Main ghar chhod k jaa raha hun, koi mujhe pyar nahi karta…par mummi ne toh garma garam jalebiyaan banayi hain… Jalebi… Dhara Dhara suddh Dhara, and jaana toh hai magar bees pachees saal baad translated in English to a cute kid leaving home who gets attracted to come back for he gets to know from his uncle that his mom is making a very tasty sweet dish) since it talked about the ways the author steals moments to do, wooaahh, none other than reading a book. Oh, I could correlate to so many!

In fact, to be truthful, I liked everything about the book since even the cheesiness was in small doses and exactly to the right amount of my liking. In short, do read this book to follow the passion of your life, which may be a love interest, a hobby or your job. I can assure you won’t be disappointed. Cheers!


And while we are on the subject of passion, let me tell you about a startup Indiavaale, a social e-commerce startup that creates home and lifestyle products by innovating Indian crafts, the brain child of Mrs. Anuradha Sangal and Mrs.Tanvi Sangal from Dehradun who were passionate about supporting craftsmen. And for this, the co-founders have traveled from Khurja in UP to Raghurajpur in Odisha in pursuit of artisans whose cause Indiavaale could support. Check out indiavaale.com to know more!

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

About the author:
Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including ‘The Little Shop of Happy Ever After’ and ‘Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery’, which are also published by Sphere.’ Meet Me at the Cupcake Café’ won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was ‘Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams’, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013.

Twitter: @JennyColgan
Website: www.jennycolgan.com

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: The Bookshop on the Corner
Author: Jenny Colgan
Pages: 368
Publication Year: 2016

Book Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I have been told not to read any negative books any more! But here, I picked up 13 Reasons Why,  and why? Because the Netflix trailer looked enticing and for me, reading is always preferable to watching a TV series/ movie. In fact, I myself don’t like pessimistic books or series or movies, I mean why do you have to clutter your entertainment life with this when real life is a bitch most times! Well now-a-days it is usual/general norm to base a movie/series on books what with so much online content flooding the market.

So back to the book, the flow and narration of this book seems original. The start dialogue “And if you‘re listening to these tapesyou’re one of the reasons why” is marvelous. It sets exactly the right tempo of what is to come. But gosh, the character sketch of Hannah, it was pathetic, if not downright hilarious. I am not demeaning the propensity of a person to commit suicide but but but if you will find silly reasons to make up for the big day, really you are too immature to live! And that girl mentions one of the thirteen reasons as the guy who liked her a lot and never did anything to hurt her, but only because she wanted him to give full focus to her. What absolute rubbish!

I have found kids wanting to watch this series, peer pressure/ power you may say, but I would not recommend the book to simply anyone.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

About the author:
Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California and grew up in a family that encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. It was in college where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some aspect of his writing.

His debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller. In 2017, it was released as a Netflix original series. It has won several awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review.His second YA novel, The Future of Us, was co-authored with Printz-honor winner Carolyn Mackler. His third YA novel, What Light, was released in 2016 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. His first graphic novel, Piper (co-author: Jessica Freeburg; illustrator: Jeff Stokely), was released on Halloween 2017. His books are published in over 40 languages.

Facebook: @jayasherwriter
Website: www.jayasher.blogspot.com

Rating: 6/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: 13 Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Pages: 352
Publication Year: 2007

Book Review: C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton | Kinsey Millhone series

So tell me, as another book reviewer, how do you keep the interest going for reviews of similar books. Which by the way, brings me to a bigger question – how do authors keep the next ones in a series intriguing. And I am not giving credit to shitty Bollywood (a few Hollywood too) movies whose directors/ producers just for the sake of milking the success of first movie keeps on releasing next one in a series.

C is for Corpse is yet another rock-n-roll series where at the very start you know who is the victim/ client (both being the same in this case) and then along with Kinsey, you as a reader, have to explore and find out the correct sequence and motive. But you know all you hear is not true since people morph the telling suit their own personal needs. For example, a character was not so forthcoming to say he/she (hey, I am not giving any spoilers away and hence the neutral tense) was married once. But I tell you, this one is the best so far among A, B and C. So, keep your fingers crossed while reading the book so that there are no more murders in this one.

Next one on the line is, yes, you guessed it right, D is for Deadbeat. Keep watching my blog for more book reviews.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
C IS FOR CALCULATED
How do you go about solving an attempted murder when the victim has lost a good part of his memory? It’s one of Kinsey’s toughest cases yet, but she never backs down from a challenge. Twenty-three-year-old Bobby Callahan is lucky to be alive after a car forced his Porsche over a bridge and into a canyon. The crash left Bobby with a clouded memory. But he can’t shake the feeling it was no random accident and that he’s still in danger.

C IS FOR CRIME
The only clues Kinsey has to go on are a little red address book and the name “Blackman.” Bobby can’t remember who he gave the address book to for safekeeping. And any chances of Bobby regaining his memory are dashed when he’s killed in another automobile accident just three days after he hires Kinsey.

C IS FOR CORPSE
As Kinsey digs deeper into her investigation, she discovers Bobby had a secret worth killing for―and unearthing that secret could send Kinsey to her own early death.

About the author:
Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and Me she gave us stories that revealed Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past.

Grafton never wanted her novels to be turned into movies or TV shows. According to her family she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of these things, and out of respect for Sue’s wishes, the family announced the alphabet now ends at “Y.”

Grafton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, three Shamus Awards, and many other honors and awards.

Website: www.suegrafton.com

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: C is for Corpse
Kinsey Millhone/ Alphabet series, #3
Author: Sue Grafton
Pages: 305
Publication Year: 1986

Book Review: B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton | Kinsey Millhone series

When we have introduced our kids to A for Apple, B for Ball, C for Cat in Kindergarten, why should not we adults also have our own such naming games, right? And it seems that Sue Grafton answered many of our requests, what with her Alphabet series on murder mysteries/ thrillers!

So this is a book where I sort of expected what would happen. What with reading thrillers and murder mysteries back to back since past 6 months, and while having already read the first book in this series written by Sue Grafton. But this book B is for Burglar is the one where I finally started liking the protagonist or the female detective – Kinsey Millhone. In fact, there will be lot many people who would love her character – giving 100 percent of life to one’s job with no holds barred because of personal inclinations. Just kidding! I like Kinsey too. The mystery, of course, is not revealed till almost the end of the book. However, as a reader if you would have paid enough attention, you may have guessed a little this time. I, for one, sucked in this, for I was too much involved in becoming attuned to the regular characters of this series for the next ones to pick up.

Next one on the line is, yes, you guessed it right, C is for Corpse. Keep watching my blog for more book reviews.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Although business has been slow lately for P.I. Kinsey Millhone, she’s reluctant to take on the case of locating Beverly Danziger’s sister Elaine Boldt. It’s a small matter that Beverly should be able to handle herself. So why is she enlisting Kinsey’s services? Beverly claims she needs Elaine’s signature on some documents so that she can collect a small inheritance. But the whole affair doesn’t sit well with Kinsey. And if there’s something she’s learned in her line of work, it’s to always follow your instincts.

Kinsey’s hunch proves true when she begins her inquiries into Elaine’s whereabouts and discovers that the attractive widow was last seen in a flashy lynx coat boarding a plane for Boca Raton. But the more Kinsey searches for Elaine the more questions she encounters. Is Elaine’s disappearance tied in to the brutal murder several months ago of one of her bridge partners? And what happened to Elaine’s Persian cat who seems to have also vanished?

Things take a turn for the worse when a stranger vandalizes the home of one of Elaine’s neighbors and another neighbor turns up murdered. With her reputation and career on the line, Kinsey risks all to find a missing woman and a killer who’s waiting in the shadows to strike again.

About the author:
Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and Me she gave us stories that revealed Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past.

Grafton never wanted her novels to be turned into movies or TV shows. According to her family she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of these things, and out of respect for Sue’s wishes, the family announced the alphabet now ends at “Y.”

Grafton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, three Shamus Awards, and many other honors and awards.

Website: www.suegrafton.com

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: B is for Burglar
Kinsey Millhone/ Alphabet series, #2
Author: Sue Grafton
Pages: 310
Publication Year: 1985

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars is a book to be read by all but it is neither self-help, motivational, cheesy, nor chick-flick, but has a very cute romantic story revolving around death. And I will say that after very long, I finally found a book which moved me to tears. Oh did I give away the crux or the summary? Just relax, there are no spoilers ahead in this book review post.

After reading a slew of thrillers and few badly written stories in between, this was one of the few books I completed within 24 hours time-frame and of course, the first this year (aside, it helped that this was an extended weekend, but shhh…).

John Green has put together everything in this book that makes the recipe for popularity without being callous. The book is hugely popular and has ratings/reviews given by 26.5 lakhs people on goodreads (at the time of me selecting this book). Not that I am a sucker for popular or award winning ones, however, this kind of tugged my heartstrings. The book made me smile and laugh and made me teary-eyed too, all you know in an interval of 12 hours, that made my hubby wonder if he has married a crazy one. Just kidding! The book simply states the fact that life does not stop just because another is no more in one’s life or cannot stay, but it should not stop one to love life for the time being. In short, this book is one helluva ride, that you as a reader should not miss!

Recommended for all to find positiveness when you think you have hit rock-bottom.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

About the author:
John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, The Fault in Our Stars was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

Twitter: @realjohngreen
Website: www.johngreenbooks.com

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Book Name: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Pages: 313
Publication Year: 2012

Book Review: A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton | Kinsey Millhone series

Last year I was able to complete 64 books, that too of my own choosing and I am proud of it since long back, I had given up taking book review requests from authors, publishers and publicists.  This meant reading the books I like with no qualms of leaving one in between because it was not interesting or not up to my expectations. And this is how I am going to keep this new year too. It is a pain to search which books to read next once one is done with, I propped myself up on the famous Alphabet series by late Sue Grafton. No no, I do not have any qualms on reading books of newbies, but I am just being my usual lazy. So this is my story of how I picked up the first one in the series – A for Alibi.

While reading the book, the first thing that came to my mind about the detective Kinsey Millhone is that she is a person just like me and you and not like Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot who are self-obsessed that they can solve any crime, come what may! And it helps for a reader to understand her by reading the character sketch of Kinsey Millhone that she is a one with natural human flaws but takes painstaking efforts in coming to a solution and does not sit idle till the crime is solved. However, when compared to other detective series, you may find this slow for the very reason I said in the previous statement but you have to let it linger to like/ get the hang of the reading style. And if you ask me, I started liking this book only from the second book in this series on-wards.

The book is also aptly named since the crime can be committed by anyone because of the methodology of the committed crime and no alibi will hold good in that sense. So what are you waiting for? Rush and pick up this book at the earliest and start on your alphabet series.

 

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
A IS FOR AVENGER
A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes.

A IS FOR ACCUSED
That’s why she draws desperate clients like Nikki Fife. Eight years ago, she was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer. But after all this time, clearing Nikki’s bad name won’t be easy.

A IS FOR ALIBI
If there’s one thing that makes Kinsey Millhone feel alive, it’s playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer―and sharper―than she imagined.

About the author:
Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and Me she gave us stories that revealed Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past.

Grafton never wanted her novels to be turned into movies or TV shows. According to her family she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of these things, and out of respect for Sue’s wishes, the family announced the alphabet now ends at “Y.”

Grafton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, three Shamus Awards, and many other honors and awards.

Website: www.suegrafton.com

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: A is for Alibi
Kinsey Millhone/ Alphabet series, #1
Author: Sue Grafton
Pages: 320
Publication Year: 1982

Book Review: The Year of Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer

Ethereal Jinxed | Book Review | The Year of Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer

Genre: Short Story
Book Name: The Grass is Always Greener, One Man’s Meat, Cheap at Half the Price, The Endgame etc etc
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Pages: 25 pages each
Publication Year: 2011-2017

What is so special about short stories? It is that they power pack the content without being verbose and putting the point across. Of course, as compared with other books, it has to be written in a much better way so that there are no loose ends left.

To end this year, I had started worrying which book to pick in the last week and then I came across the collection of these books available free on Amazon Kindle version and I said, why not! At least I will not carry forward a story to the next year and I was right. Each book takes less than 30 mins to complete since each is a short story in itself. The message is simple and these are just perfect since these are written by the famous author Jeffrey Archer, what more can one want!

So, in case you are not having much time at hand, why not give these a try and be happy that you completed one book a day, especially if it is both the count of books and quality that matters to you.

Keep watching my blog for more book reviews and Happy New Year 2018.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Books part of THE YEAR OF SHORT STORIES are part of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer’s magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale.

 

About the author:
Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. Outside politics, he is a novelist, playwright and short story writer.

Website: www.jeffreyarcher.co.uk
Twitter: @Jeffrey_Archer

Rating: 8/10

Book Review: Coffee, Tea or Me by Trudy Baker, Rachel Jones and Donald Bain

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Coffee, Tea or Me Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones with Donald Bain

Genre: Humoir, so-called Memoir
Book Name: Coffee, Tea or Me?
Author: Donald Bain
Pages: 300
Publication Year: 1967

What do you know about memoirs? Most will agree these are boring or are interesting only for the genre on which the book was based on. Hop on the journey of this book Coffee, Tea or Me? and you will have a different say altogether.

To start with, the book name reminds one of either hotel industry or airlines – so the name is very apt chosen since this was an old jokes on stewardess those days. Then the cover page design entices a reader to pick the book as a lighter read. Now, to talk about the writings, this is very simply crafted for the masses to become a bestseller. Tell me, how is one going to fathom heavy diction and appreciate it if one is not so well-versed in literature and is of course, not a GMAT top scorer on vocabulary. But no, I am not referring to most of the lovey-dovey books being published these days by Indian writers. However, the second half of the book became a drag since many jobs and careers were looked into briefly and typified – this is the part of the book which I did not like and wanted to get over with but unfortunately, it contributed to bulk of the pages.

Overall, this is a fun book to read book, especially if you are traveling by airlines now! And if not, just to get to know how air-hostesses were in 1970s. No doubt, this book had been translated in several languages and is still in circulation. Enjoy.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Remember when flying was glamorous and sexy, even fun? When airline food was gourmet, everyone dressed up for a flight, and stewardesses catered to our every need-at least in our imaginations? This classic memoir by two audaciously outspoken young ladies, who lived and loved the free-spirited stewardess life, jets you back to those golden days of air travel-from the captain who’s as subtle as a 747 when he’s on the make to the passenger who mistakes the overhead luggage rack for an upper berth; from the names of celebrities who were a pleasure to serve (and some surprising notables on the “bad guy” list) to the origins of some naughty stereotypes-Spaniards are the best lovers, actors the most foul-mouthed. This huge bestseller, a First Class jet-age journal, offers a hilarious gold mine of outrageous anecdotes from the high-flying and amorous lives of those busty, lusty, adventuresome young women of the swinging ’60s known as “stews.”

About the author:
Donald Bain is a little-known but versatile writer who sold millions of books, most of them published under other people’s names. Considered one of the pre-eminent ghost writers in the publishing world, Mr. Bain wrote more than 100 books, including most of the best-selling “Capital Crime” mystery novels of Margaret Truman.

Rating: 8/10

Book Review: The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: The Big Bow Mystery
Author: Israel Zangwill
Pages: 160
Publication Year: 1892

So, it so happened that after reading so many locked room mysteries by Agatha Christie, I wanted to explore books on similar analogy. Googling the concept gave the result of top books among which I found the summary of  The Big Bow Mystery most interesting. So, here is my story on how I started reading this book since this was also available free for Kindle devices through Project Gutenberg.

Keeping the mystery to mute in this review, the book has several interesting characters where the conversation and dialogues are kept simple. The twists and turns are handled beautifully, not what I had expected to be. The so-called sleuth seems to have a slight cocky attitude like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. But ah, the end, it is fabulous.  Only if, as a reader, we could also have participated in solving the mystery, it would have been perfect. However, luckily, the mystery books are not kept open-ended and most of the times, readers reach an end. Overall, this book is worth picking up.

 

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
East End landlady Mrs Drabdump is alarmed when she cannot rouse her lodger Arthur Constant. She summons the assistance of her neighbour, retired Scotland Yard detective George Grodman. He breaks down the door to Constant’s room, only to find the man lying dead on his bed, with a deep-cut to his throat. No-one it seems, could have got in or out of the locked room and there is no sign of the murder weapon.

Who was the killer and how will he be identified? A man is condemned to death for the seemingly impossible crime but Grodman is unconvinced that he is guilty.

With its sardonic style and vivid, Dickensian characters, Zangwill’s short novel remains a cleverly plotted and ingenious murder mystery which will still appeal to readers today.

About the author:
Israel Zangwill was a British novelist, short-story writer, dramatist and a Zionist leader.

Rating: 8/10
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