Meesh blogs about several books she read in her boredom, including Vernon God Little (DBC Pierre), The Baghdad Blog (Salam Pax), Gabriel's Gift (Hanif Kureishi), 1984 (George Orwell), A Fortress of Solitude (Jonathan Lethem), as well as Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett). Here's what she has to say about them.
Vernon God Little is a Booker Prize winner for 2003, and since I started on Rohinton Mistry, I'm telling you Booker Prize winners are not rubbish, they are very engaging. Chai Yen says that it's hilariously funny, there's a lot of swearing and there's been many a time I find her sitting in a chair laughing to herself. So it must be good. And it's also reminiscent of the Catcher in Rye, so if you liked that, you'd like this.
The Salam Pax book is a really good read. It's the archives and stuff compiled into a book, it's amazing to note someone else's lifestyle somewhere across the globe for one, someone who is also writing about his country being in war makes it an even more interesting read. But it's not just interesting. It makes you think. This is after all, real. If you've always wanted to know about Iraq, this the closest I think, besides actually being there. He's a huge fan of Massive Attack, mentions Malaysia and our tendency to piracy (!), his feelings about the war, Saddam, the war, America, and my personal favorite, the silly human shields.
Hanif Kureishi is almost a household name among some circles I travel with, it's my first book by him and it's about divorce, dysfunctionality, and a boy with powers! So a meesh book.
1984 needs to introduction I think, it's something everyone's possibly heard about. I know I have. Don't know if it's because I'm a communication student, but I think it's a good read.
Jonathan Lethem comes highly recommended by Winnie, we'd been trying to get his other novel, Motherless Brooklyn which apprently amazing! But Kinokuniya is sold out, so you can order it, and it reaches in 2 weeks. Alternatively they do have As She Climbed Across the Table and Fortress of Solitude which I have.
Finally, thanks to Emully's kindness I also have this classic, something everyone must read since it's the equivalent of Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy's little brother! Good Omen is also something you must read if you enjoyed Gaiman's American Gods.
Meesh blogs of insightful & witty experiences of her life in The Meesh Experience, and is also a reviewer for The Book Review Blog. She also writes in Suara Malaysia. She is currently pursuing a degree in mass-communication in a local college, and is based in the Klang Valley. graceshu # 1:16 PM