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The Ghosts of Nagasaki: Book Review

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The Ghosts of Nagasaki by(Goodreads Author)
Loved this book! Anyone who loves Japanese writers, the loneliness and despair in their writing will love this book. However there is one major difference, Japanese books go down and under and end with tragedy, but Clausen got the protagonist in the book bounce back and become hope himself. 
The book is brilliant, I would have given it 5 stars but held back 1 star for some beginning & middle sections where the story ran in circles. But it does add to the story overall. When I began reading, I found all the characters stereotyped, specially the Japanese and wondered if this will continue. But thankfully Clausen introduced some new characters in the mid. 
The depressed protagonist, a foreigner in Tokyo, who is almost on the verge of loosing his heart (literally) takes us through his surreal life, where we meet a monster, albeit a gentle one, ghosts, spirits... these layers, nothing but the part of us positive and negative, me…

My to-read shelf with Titles starting with 'B' #AtoZChallenge

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In this post, I have listed all books on my To-Read shelf with titles starting with 'B'. 'Battle Royale' is one book which I want to pick from a long time now. I am currently reading 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and enjoying it. 
TitleAuthorGoodreads Rating Battle RoyaleTakami, Koushun4.24Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German RequiemKerr, Philip4.22Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LifeLamott, Anne4.22 Before the DawnShimazaki, Tōson4.17BlackbirdLauck, Jennifer4.07Blackbird FlyKelly, Erin Entrada4.06 Balloon AnimalsDunne, Jonathan4.01 Becoming a WriterBrande, Dorothea4.01Brain on Fire: My Month of MadnessCahalan, Susannah3.99Black RainIbuse, Masuji3.97 Be With YouIchikawa, Takuji3.93Breakfast at Tiffany'sCapote, Truman3.89Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It RightBryson, Bill3.86 Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1)Bazell, Josh3.79 Bad Mo…

Author that takes us on journey into history - Amitav Gosh #AtoZChallenge

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My theme for A to Z Challenge is 'Characters'. But it's already 10:30 pm and I haven't written a word. After pulling many Goodreads book pages and IMDB movie pages, I am still struggling to settle on a character. Finally I move up the concept and choose the maker of the characters. My favourite author - Amitav Gosh. 
Amitav Gosh
The Circle of Reason [France’s Prix Médicis in 1990]
The Shadow Lines [Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar] In An Antique Land Dancing in Cambodia The Calcutta Chromosome [Arthur C. Clarke award for 1997] The Glass Palace [International e-Book Award, Frankfurt book fair in 2001] The Hungry Tide [Crossword Book Prize, 2005] The Ibis Trilogy [Man Booker Prize Shortlisted, 2008, Crossword Book Prize, India Plaza Golden Quill Award]
Amitav Ghosh was awarded Padma Shri in January 2007, one of India’s highest honours, by the President of India. And in 2010, along with Margaret Atwood, he was also a joint winner of a Dan David Award for 201…