Cultural Fiction

The Namesake

The Namesake

As is typical of Indian novels, this is a tale of family and all the fucked up things that happen to them. And of course there's a train accident where lots of ...
Animal's People

Animal’s People

Ah, the Indian novel. I mean the novel about India. It seems I've read more than a few, and all of them are stuffed to the gills with feces. These are not books...
The Brief Wondrous Life of Wondrous Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

So chalk this up as another book that absolutely everyone loved that I thought was an overrated steaming pile of nothingness. Part of this may be my own doing i...
The Fixer

The Fixer

You'd think I had some sort of Russia fetish what with all of the books I keep seeming to find about life behind the Iron Curtain (like Buddha's Little Finger, ...
The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss

These Indian books kill me. If it isn't the constant talk about pooping, it's the amazingly confusing national and religious structure that just boggles my mind...
Call It Sleep

Call It Sleep

I've had a pretty bad track record of late in terms of enjoying "classic" pieces of literature. I often find them dated and stifling--and just can't seem to rel...
The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

I'm not sure what it is about me and books set in India or about Indians. It's not necessarily that I seek them out, but they just seem to come my way. And I ge...
A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

How can so much tragedy visit one group of people? It seems almost impossible, and at times it honestly gets repetitive and tiring. The book makes living in Ind...