- Author : Ganesh Matkari
- Translator : Jerry Pinto
- Publisher : Speaking Tiger Books
- Genre : Contemporary
- Source : Publisher
- Rating : 3/5 Stars
This review is very very late. In fact I’ve reviewed so many books that I read after this that I cannot believe I forgot to write this review. So, here I am, writing this review using whatever I have left in my memory of this. Do forgive me if this is a rather bare bones sort of review. It’s been a while since I read this.
The Vegetarian is divided into three parts, each from the point of view of one person who is associated with the main character, Yeong Hye. Her Husband, Her brother in law and her long suffering sister. Yeong Hye is a regular Korean wife who sort of works from home. Her husband, who “settled” for her because she was as plain looking as he is, is perfectly pleased with the way they conduct their daily lives. They don’t have children, but that doesn’t matter since their lives are running perfectly smoothly anyway.
Alex is book two in the Camille Verhoeven series by Pierre LeMaitre. The author is a French novelist and Screenwriter and, I believe, is very popular in France. European books are something I’m very curious about but since I’m limited myself to Scandinavian authors I thought I’d expand my horizons by reading a French book that isn’t a classic. I spotted this on Simon’s (Savidge Reads) booktube channel and he raved so much about it that I grabbed it immediately. Now don’t misunderstand me when I say failed to be impressed, it was a 3-3.5 star for me. Just not as amazing as others, mostly men, seem to think it is. The story was honestly horrifying, especially the reasons and the past that I felt nauseous for the most part.
Pathological by Jinkang Wang is a story following scientist Mei Yin, a Chinese orphan with adoptive American parents, who has her own research institute, gets married and at the same time is researching a deadly virus that is called Satan’s gift to find cure. On the other side we have Zia Baj who has acces to the same virus but instead wants to use it for terrorism. This is a mini version of the synopsis and this sounds like an amazing story. Alas, that’s not what the story actually is.
STORY & CHARACTERS
We mainly follow Mei Yin throughout her life right from her initial chapter where she’s getting access to the virus and till the end, or almost the end, I DNFed it at around 80%,
Yes, the title is harsh. I agree. Speaking of titles, I wish this book’s title hadn’t been so intriguing, wouldn’t have read it if it had said something boring like “’Granny’s letters from Miasmas” or something equally obscure. I’ve wanted to read Fredrik Backman since I heard about A Man Called Ove. There’s a grandpa in my building who is exactly like the old man in the book and I’ve been dying to read it with mum and giggling together. Then I saw this title an forgot all about that. I must have pissed Ove off or something because this book was so disappointing!
This I another series I want to start up mainly to keep track of the books I want to read but also to share them with you in case you didn’t know these existed! Starting with
The Peculiar Life Of A Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault.
I’ll be honest, it was the cover that drew me into this one. And then the title. I mean it gets you thinking doesn’t it. Lonely postman? Peculiar life? Has he got a secret? Well, turns out he does!
This is a book about Bilodo, a postman, who has taken to opening the letters he delivers and reading them (hopefully he delivers them after and doesn’t just keep them to himself). One day he finds a letter that has a Haiku (who doesn’t love a good haiku) and starts reading the letters that two lovers sent to one another, communicating only via poetry. Naturally all sneaky things must come to an end and something happens that takes this away from him. Are you as intrigues as I am?