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শনিবার, এপ্রিল ০৫, ২০১৪

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March 15 20014

A late night storybook, after a long time. After a child is born, a mother has to secure all her resources, and stick to discipline. A late night compulsive reading is not a luxury she can afford. However life presents the need to a gate-away through insomnia. And thus the best book available for this state, was Runaway by Alice Munroe.

Something in the rolling of time, the misfortunes and tragedies and occasional laughter, some sadness rings, something that you can not pin down. There is no message to life. It just moves on.


January 3 2014

Some may have their reservations about Man Booker winners, but in my case, being a mystery lover myself, I was tempted by Eleanor Catton's recent Booker winner, 'the Luminaries', which I learned was Gothic and a voluptuous thriller...I had to finish the massive book even as rows of responsibilities stretched out before me.

It was rather a splendid read, based on the gold-rush in New Zealand in the nineteenth century.

The first half was intriguing to say the least, as satisfying to a reader as a hot brew is to to a connoisseur of coffee or tea, who savors its long-lasting and magnificent flavor.

The characters were molded with a sculptor's originality and scope, very astutely. The feminine and masculine characters balanced, throughout. And for some reason, each character patterned out in an astrological fashion - as either a stellar or planetary body. Thus we see such titles of these short chapters: 'MERCURY IN SAGITTARIUS' or 'VENUS IN CAPRICORN' ...

The philosophical observations as the writer spins each character into flesh, at the beginning, are stunning. Her description of the gold diggers' milieu paints a vivid picture of the time and location. The details are ever so flawlessly woven in, with great deliberation.

The story begins with several mishaps in the city of Hokitika. We see an assembly of twelve characters who form the basis of the novel... the apparently haphazard and incoherent mysteries present themselves, one by one, but then the plot goes on getting thicker with every flip of the page...or rather every flick of the kindle button. One would grope to to see the light beyond the several mysteries, but the light is cleverly reserved for later, and only filtered, shaft by shaft, in the second half of the novel.

At the very end, when the jigsaw puzzle seems all but complete, the loose ends are tied in a haste -- a disappointment. Even a passionate reader such as myself could feel that many inexplicable occurrences were left that way, rendering the end, a little wanting of a creator's finishing touch...what was the solution to the phantom mystery that presented itself in the onset? How did a character very much in love choose a drug over his emotion?... a few rambling questions remain unanswered and so the end is rather quixotic by nature..

But, nevertheless, this is a mega-mystery at it's near best.


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