A Tale of Death, By Death

And when Death tells you a story, you really have to listen.” – The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.

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It’s a book that has recently caught every reader’s attention.

It’s a book that really, not much can be written, shared or spoken about it.

It’s a book that you can’t just read.

It’s a book that you won’t be able to put down, even if your tired eyes beg you to.

It’s a book that demands your attention from the title itself.

It’s a book, about a Book Thief.

It’s a book that begins with honesty,

Here is a small fact. You are going to die.” – Death and Chocolate, The Book Theif; Markus Zusak.

I wasn’t suggested this book, nor did anyone ask me to read it. There was a lot of hype surrounding it, and the film, but somehow, somewhere, I couldn’t get myself to read it. Then, a passing Tweet caught my attention,

“This book will destroy you, and then create you.” – It went a little something like that.

And I knew that I must read it. Since my last read, The Fault In Our Stars, I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to pick up something that was written by Death, but aren’t we all created to revel in another’s misery. Besides, I thought to myself, how bad could this be?

Don’t ever ask yourself that question.

Because a great author will take it upon himself, or herself to answer it for you.

And you’ll be left, alone in bed, emotionally and physically broken. You’ll be gripping on to the pages of this book, wishing it would end soon, but too frightened to actually reach it.

Liesel Meminger born to a world of misery, surrounded by misfortune and haunted by the presence of Death himself, is the Book Thief. (Don’t worry, no spoilers are ever included in my reviews.) It’s a simple story, of a not-so-simple time, when Hitler’s presence was shaking the very foundations of humanity. She finds happiness in corners one would not expect a small girl, whose left behind an entire family, to find. In her father’s music, her mother’s interesting choice of words, her best friend, Rudy who always demanded a kiss, and a special friend who despite a quiet entrance into their home, leaves a lasting impression on her heart and how can I forget, in between the pages of books.

It’s within the comfort of words that she changes not only her life, but of those around her. And it’s this that has caught the attention of Death. Don’t worry, he doesn’t catch up, and forget not, “That even death has a heart.

To be honest, I’ve not reached the end of this book.

There’s a part of me that wishes that this book has more then 10 parts, has more to Liesel’s story, more to her life… But alas, everything has to come to an end. So why don’t you pick up, The Book Thief, and share this journey with me. Because believe you me, as you let every word pass you by, your eyes will hunger for more.

It’s not just a story, it’s Death’s story.

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Re-Defining Infinity.

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I finally decided to watch The Fault In Our Stars this night. I’m not entirely sure why tonight, given the state of my mind these past couple of days.

I’m going to try something new for this post  Don’t be confused, it’s still a blog for literary reviews and my thoughts on how with the mere turning of a page, one can embark on an unexpected adventure. A beautiful one, mind you.

So let me tell you about my unexpected journey with one of the most beautiful books I’ve picked up in a while.

I was at the airport, waiting for my flight to Seattle; it was delayed for over four hours. I don’t know who it was, but someone gave me, or suggested, The Fault In Our Stars. Told me I should pick it up for the long flight to my sister.

With nothing but time on my hands,memories I wanted to leave behind, and no more shops at the airport for me to visit, I took the book out of my bag and turned to the first page.

“It’s Okay.” 

 “It’s Okay.” 

All those pages later, tears streaming down my face. My flight almost landing in Seattle, I had no words. Thinking back, I still have no words.

When you look at the central plot that the story takes, it’s not one that we’ve not heard about before. Cancer – it’s a theme that many numerous authors have experimented with before.

It’s one of the world’s craziest and deadliest family members; and I say family members because sadly, it exists in every house. Every story is unique, dreadful, heartwarming, but heartbreaking at the same time. Some of these stories they have happy endings, while some of them, unfortunately not.

There are however some stories, much like the story of our protagonists, Hazel Grace and Augustus. There is a certain chemistry between the two of them, a connection so great that for a moment, as you turn the pages, the haunting aura of cancer is almost forgotten.

Hazel and Augustus, they can’t be described, they can only just be read, experienced – felt in almost every way possible.

I’ve been avoiding this film for the longest time, I kept thinking to myself; how can I watch a film, re-live a story that broke my core from the first page. And boy was I wrong. This is coming from someone who respects books and has a strong opinion on books being turned into films.

The Fault In Our Stars – this is something that everyone should experience. It’s a story of love, pain – emotional, physical, and something that till date, no writer can ever manage to put down in words. No artists can ever recreate on a canvas… an emotion so strong that you’d have to witness to first hand to know what it would mean to have everything taken away from you.

The Fault In Our Stars is a story that will make you question yourself; the single most important question, “Have you lived enough, enough for it to count as your ‘Grand Story’?

Everyone always blames their stars when something goes wrong, or thanks their stars when things go right – It’s a good life, and Hazel and Gus, their parents, their friend Issac, all the characters in this book, from the very beginning are teaching you lessons. So go ahead, pick up this book, let Hazel, her journey with Gus, their love story, take you through life, and remind you, that there will always be something that you have, or that you don’t have, but none of this should stop you from living your Great Story.

Go buy, The Fault In Our Stars. Now. And remember, “It’s Okay….” It always will be.

Oh, and please, keep a box of tissues handy. (Sincere advice) 

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A Collection of Perfection

It’s been almost too long since I’ve posted here. I’m almost ashamed to admit, that I have no reason other than the sole fact that I was in between jobs, cities and starting a new life.

Books have always been my solace, my secret world to crawl into. Whether it was a long, lonely night in a new city, or on a journey alone, one where the destination was not going to make me smile – books have always been with me, around me and near me.

Luckily, I’ve had a lot of time to read; some books helped me understand myself, while some books helped me forget or de-stress. And your very own librarian is here to share all her adventures with you.

For those of you who are searching for your next great read, I have something special for you today.

Some stories are meant to be long, winding, twisting and the right time – while some stories, short, quick, ready to take your breath away in seconds. This book that I present to you today, is one that does it all.

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Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, is a book that will leave you craving for more. A collection of short stories, Lahiri has taken a theme that haunts almost every house in India, marriage. Some have been rushed into, some arranged, some with a tinge of disappointment, some with the comfort of love. There is no such thing as failed love, and it is this theme that she explores with passionate confidence.

Some characters will bring out your sympathetic side, some will leave you with lessons to learn, or memories to forget. But have no doubt in your mind, Lahiri’s characters will leave a lasting impression, and their stories, more so.

Nine tales, nine protagonists, one writer, one book – Interpreter of Maladies is definitely a book that should be on your to-read lists. Mind you, this is not a book of happy endings, love stories or even fairy tales. They are harsh, true, and a voice that should be heard time and over again. Lahiri writes in a simplistic, mature and natural manner. Her words, while carefully chosen, can instigate a variety of emotions, ranging from reader to reader.

She writes flawlessly, and the depth in her characters, and twists in her tales are mature and poignant.

No doubt, I do have a favourite from her collection – I hope that you find one too. Because ever time I wish to go back to a great story, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies is where I always find my comfort story. Whether it’s in a new city, between unopened boxes, or alone on a long journey with a bag pack full of memories, her stories, page after page, all elegantly constructed, leave me at ease with my thoughts.

“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”
― Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies

Disclaimer: The link to the book takes you to www.flipkart.com – Do note that Flipkart does not promote this blog, or is not associated with this blog in any manner. All views mentioned above are solely my own, and no author or outside party has influenced this post, my opinion of the author, or the review of the book in any manner.