- Author : Sarah Schmidt
- Publisher : Atlantic
- Genre : True Crime, Literary Fiction
- Source : Netgalley
- Rating : 4/5 Stars
- Expected Release Date : 1st August, 2017
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I’m assuming this has a lot of American references that only super intelligent or perceptive people will get….or americans will get. As for me I don’t understand why this was said to be a “beautiful and haunting tale”.
The Peshwa is another story about the brave and skilled Peshwa, Bajirao. He is said to have been praised as one of the greatest cavalry generals India has produced by an English General and while he is known for his expansion of the Maratha reign to the north, he is even more known for his love affair with the famous (or infamous) Masthani. Continue reading
You must al have seen or watched or at the very least heard of Bajirao Masthani. If you aren’t Indian or living in India, it is a film starring the magnificently moustached Ranveer Singh and the magical Deepika Padukone (can you tell I’m a fan?). It is based on a Marathi novel (Rau by N.S.Inamdar) that took that literary world by storm and had people weeping into their pillowcases at night.
Recently, it was translated into English by Vikranth Pande and published by PanMacmillan. I’d heard it was going to come out but wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy it because, you know, reading a book after watching the movie isn’t going to be as wonderful an experience as it would be otherwise. I was so wrong.
Fay Wong is a woman caught between worlds. Her father is a Chinese immigrant who conjured a fortune out of nothing; her mother, of African heritage, grew up on a plantation and now reigns over their mansion on Lady Musgrave Road, sipping Earl Grey tea in the Kingston afternoons.
But the Chinatown haunts where her father spends his time are out of bounds to Fay, and the rooms of Lady Musgrave Road are filled with her mother’s long-kept secrets and uncontrollable rages-rages against which Fay rebels as she grows from a girl into a headstrong woman.
As she tries to escape the restraints of her privileged upbringing, striving for independence in a homeland that is trying to do the same, Fay’s eyes are opened to a Jamaica she was never meant to see. She encounters gangsters and revolutionaries, priests and prostitutes, and witnesses great sacrifices and betrayals. But when her mother decides that she must marry the racketeer Yang Pao, she finds herself on a journey that leads to sacrifices and betrayals of her own. In Show Me A Mountain, Kerry Young creates a vivid portrait of a woman and a country struggling to fashion a future unburdened by the past.
Author : John Boyne
Genre : Historical Fiction
Publisher : David Fickling Books
Summary : Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.