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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 🙂

Keep watching my blog for more book reviews!

 

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: Double Standards by Judith McNaught

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Double Standards by Judith McNaught

Genre: Romance
Book Name: Double Standards
Author: Judith McNaught
Pages: 310
Publication Year: 1984

It’s wonderful how time changes our perspective even though the item in question remains the same. There was a time I was gaga over Mills & Boons, Twilight etc, and Judith McNaught was one of my favorite authors then. Oh, I am talking about 10 years back. And now, gosh…

No doubt Judith is considered as one of the contemporary romantic writers, however this time I found it hard to digest romantic overtures, tempestuous sensuous sex, romance and cheating in the midst of corporate business life and filthy rich people. Oh, there will still be lot many people who still believe these stories as fairy-tales, and why not? After all, even after so many ups and downs, the girl gets her prince charming in the end. Definitely for love-fools (just kidding), for romance lovers and those who have not gone cynical like me!

Keep watching my blog for more book reviews this weekend.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
In the exclusive, glittering world of business superstars, Nick Sinclair was a legend…

The ruggedly handsome president of Global Industries handled his business the way he handled his women — with charm, daring and ruthless self-control. A man used to the very best, Nick hired Lauren Danner, and assumed the proud beauty would soon be another easy conquest. But Lauren’s flashing wit and rare spirit dazzled him — and slowly, against his will, he was intrigued, challenged — and in love.

Yet Lauren was living a lie, a charade that became more dangerous with every passing moment. Trapped in a web of deceit, she fought her growing love for Nick. Her secret could destroy his fragile trust — and the promise of life with the most compelling man she had ever met!

About the author:
Judith McNaught is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, with more than forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries and more than thirty languages. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical romance subgenre.

Facebook: @authorjudithmcnaught
Website: judithmcnaught.com

Rating: 7/10

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Genre: Classics, Romance
Book Name: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 373
Publication Year: 2013 (first published 1813)
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd

No words are needed to describe Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen. It is an evergreen book (published in 1800s and still very popular), not very ambitious and was written during Regency period.

The book is cast in a chronological timeframe (as I have read in many articles, lovers of books usually prefer books written in opposite way – to and fro as per the need which stimulates their thinking capability). However, the background is described so eloquently that you can hear the characters speaking out loud in their typical manners. Of course, it helped since I had seen the Bollywood version of the movie, read the book previously and seen the Hollywood movie in that particular order. The re-reading was still charming to say the least.

Do read this classic. It needs to be read at least once in your lifetime, if not already done so! But for ardent supporters of feminism, do avoid. And unromantic people can skip a few pages in between, but they will still be able to understand the story.

Book blurb:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Austen’s best-loved tale of love, marriage and society in class-conscious Georgian England still delights modern readers today with its comedy and characters. It follows the feisty, quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet as her parents seek to ensure good marriages for her and her sisters in order to secure their future. Through the irrepressible characters of Mr Collins and Mrs Bennet and the sensitivities and nuances of the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth, Austen’s skill and artistry as a writer shines.

About the author:
Born in 1775, Jane Austen published her many novels anonymously. Her work was not widely read until the late nineteenth century, and her fame grew from then on. Known for her wit and sharp insight into social conventions, her novels about love, relationships, and society are more popular year after year. She has earned a place in history as one of the most cherished writers in English Literature.

Rating: 9/10

Book Review: Guy on the Sidewalk by Bharath Krishna

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Guy on the Sidewalk by Bharath Krishna

Genre: Fiction
Book Name: Guy on the Sidewalk
Author: Bharath Krishna
Pages: 315
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: CinnamonTeal Publishing

The book is written in an autobiographic way with the protagonist reminiscing things of the past while on his return journey to India. Post reading my previous book, this book was a welcome change with the usage of proper English. However, the story turned dull on quite a few occasions. There was no suspense, no thrill in continuing; like flipping pages of someone else’s not-so-exciting diary. Just a chronological telling of tales. The book even seemed incomplete on why Jay (the protagonist) seemed so adamant on returning back to India when he had no direction on what he was going to do next. Really, why do people do things when they cannot give a plausible explanation to others, not even their closed ones – on why they took a particular step and yet, they will still go ahead breaking others’ hearts!

Coming to America and exploring things with development of Jay’s personality even after various turn-downs was one of the stronger points of this book with romance just round the corner. Just ignore too much IT (Information Technology) work role description.

All in all, an average book to glance through if you are looking forward to go to USA for your higher education and career.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Who am I, where do I belong and what am I meant for in this short life in this big world?

For Jay, life was a series of defensive detours until he gathered the strength to listen to his inner voice with honesty and decided to take life head on with fearlessness. Making the move from India to America was momentous. He sought to make something of himself, however, his yearning to live in his country and among his people never ceased to bother him. Over six years, despite the luxury of opportunities in the United States, he wondered, is this all there is? He left home to create a better life, but he could have never imagined that though his better life might be found in America, his best life might just be at home, in India.

About the author:
Bharath Krishna’s debut novel, Guy on the Sidewalk, is a reflection of his passion for writing woven through his life like the golden thread of a rare tapestry. As a child, his flair for writing was ever present, but it wasn’t until he started blogging on topics close to his heart that his talent was fully realized and appreciated, which ultimately led to his novel.

Bharath’s resume reads like a kaleidoscope of sorts—a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, double master’s degree in management, and years of professional experience in marketing, teaching and IT in India and the United States. To know more about and connect with Bharath Krishna, visit www.BharathKrishna.org.

Rating: 7/10
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