“The silence of the lambs” – book review

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Rating: 4/5

Cher Reader,

When I first read the title of ‘The Silence of the lambs’ I pretty much assumed that it will be a story about deprived females (I don’t know from where I got this idea :P). To say that I was mildly off the point will be an understatement.

It is a thriller fiction authored by Thomas Harris. The book was adapted in a motion picture by the same name which garnered highest number of Oscars and awards at that time.

The protagonist is a young FBI trainee Clarice Strerling who is under training at the Quantico.  She is sent on an errand by Jack Crawford, the head of FBI division (Behavioral Sciences) to question ‘’Dr.Hannibal Lecter’, the celebrated psychologist who is convicted of murdering nine people. What enfolds next is a mind gripping sequence of events which are sure to give you an adrenaline rush.

The character of ‘Hannibal Lecter’ steals away the show. He is that dangerous building, which makes you want to come near and run away, all at the same time. To create such a character, a writer has to be class apart, and Thomas Harris has succeeded to be one. Spending your time and money in this book is going to be one of the best decisions of the week.

If you instantly fall in love with the book follow it up with the T.V series- ‘Hannibal’, it should satiate your hunger (Though I haven’t watched it yet 😛 )

Yours Frankly

Naty

 

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“Watermelon”-Book Review

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Rating: 3.5/5

Cher Reader,

In all honesty, I bought the book merely because its name intrigued me. When I read the title “Watermelon”, my imagination ran wild, guessing what the story might be. Is the book about watermelons or something more substantial? Read on to find out!

Claire is a 29 years old woman, who is abandoned by her husband right after the birth of their child (an angelic baby girl). A new mommy, who doesn’t have a husband at her side, she braves herself to face the world. The protagonist is one hell of a woman; someone who can inspire people to accept who they are and be proud of it.

This book was my first encounter with Marian Keyes’ writing, and I must say that she was nothing short of a surprise. She handles a sensitive plot with great dexterity, weaving humor and inspiration slowly and steadily. The real beauty in the plot was the family. The author has brilliantly captured the essence of a family. How a family argues, fights, pulls each other’s hair but in the end they are the pillars of your life, who will handle your worst and still love you unconditionally.

On the closure, I’ll take away a few points because at times, it feels as if the author has drawled on and on, rambling out of context. Otherwise, “Watermelon” is a dish to at least try once. It’s a touching journey of a woman who picks up the pieces of her life from when she looked like a watermelon (post pregnancy). It is definitely a lesson to never look for a man’s approval, and to realize your worth.

P.S: If you are facing a tough life on your personal front, do give it a read. You might realize that life isn’t that bad with some humor and will at your side!

P.P.S: If you have sisters, then do read it; you will feel a sense of déjà vu many times along the way! 😛

Yours Frankly

Naty

#6 A knight in shining armour

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RATING : 4.2/5

 

Cher Reader,

Once you finish reading “A knight in shining armour”, you will be compelled by a strong desire to hook yourself up on the internet and find anything, like seriously anything else written by Jude Devereaux.

Dougless Montgomery is a simple elementary school teacher. The Montgomerys are all brilliant, rich, and afraid of nothing, but Dougless is an exception to her family. She is intimidated by her glorious relatives and has her self-esteem as thin as a paper. To add misery to her life, she somehow falls for the wrong guy, every single time. Dougless (courtesy to her sucky choice in guys), is left weeping all alone in a church over the tomb of Nicholas Stafford. Lost in her sorrow and asking God to send a Knight in shining armour, she somehow pulls Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, back from the 16th century to the 20th century.

Devereaux has a knack for transporting you in time along with Nicholas and Dougless. With every page you read, you will be compelled to check your surroundings for ominous signs of time travel (:D :D). Nicholas Stafford was sentenced to death for treason to the Queen. On time travelling 400 hundred years ahead, he studies the past and tries to find proof of his innocence through history. A man of amazingly seductive looks and a rakish personality, he stumbles clueless and innocently around the 20thcentury. Deveraux prolifically binds the story of two different eras together. Not even once will she give away too much or too less about the story. The relation between Nicholas & Dougless is one of ‘friends’, ‘confidants’, and ‘lovers’. Jude Devereaux explores beautifully how true love makes people much better than they are, how it completes a person in ways that are beyond imagination.

You might ask yourself, “What is the point of reading a love story that involves time travel? Modern-day long distance relationships are hard to sustain, and here, characters are doing it over different eras. This shit just does not happen dude!” To you, I say, may be, all we need is a Knight in shining armour, a man who would fight this world and rescue us. Go ahead and listen to your heart for once- “A knight in shining armour” will restore your faith in immortal love. If anything ever goes wrong in your life, this book will become a friend to reassure you, that someday, everything will make sense.

Yours Frankly

Naty