Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Favorite Authors in Time 100 Most Influential People

Some of my favorite authors made it in TIME's 100 most influential people. Here they are:


Elizabeth Gilbert
by John Hodgman
If you are the person in America who has not yet read Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, this is a beautiful book about Liz's journey around the world after her divorce. It has touched countless lives, including Oprah Winfrey's, and I was glad of this because I am Liz's friend. But when I saw her on Oprah, I was also angry: "What about her beautiful short stories?" I yelled at the TV. "Talk about those, Liz!" But she didn't. Liz just smiled radiantly and kept on changing lives.
Because we are friends, I get to call her "Liz" Gilbert. In fact, I sometimes don't even say "Gilbert." Just "Gilb." We met when we appeared in The Paris Review's "New Writers" issue in 1996. But she wasn't new. As a writer, she was already accomplished, funny and wise beyond her years. As a person, doubly so.
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Khaled Hosseini
by Laura Bush
Not many people write successful first novels. Still fewer are able to change the world with their writing. Khaled Hosseini, 43, has done both. His 2003 novel, The Kite Runner, introduced readers around the world to the people of Afghanistan. Four years later, he published A Thousand Splendid Suns—and helped his audience see the faces of the women under the burqas.
Hosseini's stories are set against the backdrop of Afghanistan's tumultuous history. His complex portrayal of human nature, however, transcends geographic boundaries. In more than 40 languages, readers everywhere can recognize the best and worst in humanity in his characters—often in the same person.
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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Middlesex- A Book Review

It has been more than two weeks since I have written a book review or my book blog since this book, which I just finished reading is 600 pages. And I think all of us might agree that it isalready a long read considering that most books on average have 350-400 pages. But at least now I am done reading it.

Alright so much for that so what about this 600 pages book? As I mentioned on my previous blog that I am reading a novel which has received the Pulitzer Prize. I never hesitated to pick it up on the book store because it was something that is new. I have read fiction books from romance to suspense. But this one? Well after reading it I don't know how to categorize it though clearly is a fiction book.

Okay so the book that I am talking about is “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides. I heard about it again from Oprah. Well the first thing that might pop out to anyone’s mind is, well maybe the story is about homosexuality. I thought of it no doubt. But after reading a brief description of the book, I found out that it is not the case. Because it is more intriguing than a life of a homosexual.

“ I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkable smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974….My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license….records my first name simply as Cal.”

After reading that what would you be thinking about? I thought, well maybe it revolves around reincarnation or something like that because there is “reborn” factor. But I was wrong again. So what is it all about? The story revolves around the complex life of Calliope and her identity as a hermaphrodite. In its 600 pages it will bring you into two generations of her/his Greek family and on stories why he/she has ended up as one of the children of Hermes and Aphrodite- a hermaphrodite. The struggles not only of the protagonist but also of his/her family.

Over all the story has humor and character. No doubt that it was beautifully written again by no other than Eugenides; the same author of “The Virgin Suicides”. The story tackles a lot from two different world wars, to immigrants, to family( a lot about family) and gender. The only con about it is it did bore me a little. But over all I say it is a good novel.

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