At our sixth BYOB Party, we had a large collection of books to discuss.
Sreeraj got a book This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco and his fellow raconteur Jean-Claude Carriere. What happens when two bibliophiles get together? You will have a long discussion about your personal libraries, the fate of these libraries when the owner dies, interesting authors and translations, eBooks and papyrus manuscripts, etc. Jaya also mentioned that Umberto Eco’s famous book The Name of the Rose revolved around manuscripts and libraries. It is only natural that his love for books extends itself to the books that he wrote.
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger was the book Shruti Garodia talked about. It’s a book she repeatedly goes back to, a light-hearted read with a pertinent message. “Over time, I think the relevance of the message of the book has become a little outdated,” Shruti said. “It’s one of the few books that has worked so well as a movie.”
The story is about an unfashionable lady Andrea Sachs who lands a job in a very prestigious fashion magazine. Little does she know that her boss is a diabolical woman who expects a slave, more than an assistant.
Avnish found Manu Joseph’s writing to be quite entertaining. The Illicit Happiness of Other People is the story of a dysfunctional family headed by Ousep Chacko, a journalist and failed novelist. His wife has psychological issues. One of their sons has died and it is hard to say whether it was suicide or a mere accident.
“Manu Joseph’s characters are three dimensional and wonderful to read about,” Shruti said.
Has anyone read the book Serious Men by the same author?
More in Part 3.