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{ Book Review } – All The Names They Used For God by Anjali Sachdeva!

All the Names They Used for GodAll the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All The Names They Used For God is a motley of tales that has everything from tragedy to mythology to science to human despair tied together to discuss the known and the unknown in this world. It is a collection of short stories, quite eclectic in nature and not one bit preachy or sermon-like to be honest. I have to make this clarification because that is the impression the name would give you. But the stories are more human than religious and a nice mix of subjects and themes.

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{ Book Review } – The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier!

The Birds and Other StoriesThe Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you need any proof of how amazing Daphne du Maurier’s writing is, do give The Birds and Other Stories a go. I don’t need that reassurance though, I have already jumped over the boundaries of blind faith in her writing by this point. But, still, every du Maurier story gives me high, honestly! Yes yes, you can roll your eyes and say that I have caught the revival bug, but I am just glad that I found her work even if I found it this late in my life. Because it is simply amazing!  Also, her writing lends itself to cinematic experience so naturally. Even as I was reading the first story of this anthologies, I found myself thinking about how amazing the story would be when turned into a movie. It was only later that I learnt that several of her works have been adapted to the silver screen by Hitchcock. While my opinion of the movie The Birds is not as amazing as its story, I still am a huge fan of the book. In any case, as one read The Birds, one realises how vivid are the images that form in your mind even as you are reading it. As bizarre as it might sound,  The Birds was indeed an extremely “visual” experience for me.


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{ Book Review } – The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen !

The RefugeesThe Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So trying to keep up my resolution of reading one short story collection a month, I picked up The Refugees. It is really similar in mod and tone to What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky with the difference that the Refugees is about immigrants from Vietnam while former was about immigrants from Nigeria. The stories all have varied themes but the pain of separation from family and loved ones and the culture shock remain consistent through most stories. I will take you through some of my favourites. The juxtaposition of the Vietnamese culture, the difficulties the immigrants face while they set up a life in America against the backdrop of relatively affluent American culture makes some of these stories very poignant reads.

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{ Book Review } – What It Means When a Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah!

What It Means When a Man Falls from the SkyWhat It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What It Means When a Man Falls From The Sky ( WITWAMFFTS henceforth, the name is a handful, or rather a mouthful, isn’t it? ) is a collection of short stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah and mostly brings to us stories of relationships, with a special focus on Nigerian families and expats. They are, for the most part, not tales of a cheery flavour but poignant and insightful, often weaving in the effects of separation, culture clash and strains on relationships that the timezones and the physical distance bring with it as one attempts to make a life in Uncle Sam’s land. I particularly like the fact that every story has a prominent female character even when the world doesn’t go easy on them.

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