Top 5 literary picks of 2006!

The Double, Jose Saramago
A brilliant book on the confusion of identities – on how the appearance of a double muddles up one’s sense of self and poses a threat of being replaced.

Snow, Orhan Pamuk
One of my first introductions to Istanbul. It was interesting to read of a revolt against liberalism. Well written

The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
Good storytelling. A dose of mystery, and a confusion throughout. I liked the different ways in which the story was narrated – through a novel, news clippings, random incidents…

The Pickup, Nadine Gordimer
Very creative. An interesting cross-cultural swap – a dejection of values on either side. A passionate story written in a slumberous, dispassionate fashion

Possession, A.S.Byatt
I always enjoy a parallel between the past and present, and in this book, the alternating has been done beautifully. It is made even more interesting with the additions of fairy tales and poetry.

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