We have found some interesting book reviews at our facebook group. So I thought they are worth sharing here.
The Stranger by Albert Camus
This book review has been shared by Syed Wajahat Ali
The only sure thing in life is death. Human life is then a subtle tragedy, a march to nothingness while love, emotions, sorrow and happiness are all fragile and temporal abodes which entertain us for a time being till we embrace death which is the final fate that awaits everyone.
If the above makes sense to you, then Albert Camus’s “The Stranger” is one book that is bound to make a profound impact on your life.
Albert Camus’s “L’Étranger” otherwise known as “The Stranger” or “The Outsider” which aims to elaborate on Camus’s philosophy of the “Absurd”. Mimicking Camus’s philosophy of the absurd, Meursault becomes it physical manifestation that lives a life of emotional indifference and finds it difficult to coexist in this world which tends to attach meaning to life even when events don’t warrant them. Meursault, loses his Mother but he realizes that, “one more Sunday was over, that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, and that, really, nothing had changed”. It was this indifference of his that will ultimately prove to be the defying moment of his life though little will he know at that moment.
The book is a staunch assault on the French society which aims to attach meaning to things and events which really do not merit any explanation. Meursault therefore is a character which aims to interpret life in the most rational of manners without erecting false facades of emotions which according to him are both useless and “absurd”. This is evident from the fact that throughout the book, Meursault practices certain verbs without explaining any reason for their occurrence nor justifying in details such as when he kisses Marie “…and for no apparent reason, she laughed in such a way that I kissed her.”
Albert Camus’s summarizes this masterpiece with his own saying which echoes even to this day and ultimately sums up the true tragedy of the French society which considers the unessential and the irrational to get to the true meaning of an event:
“’In our society any man who does not weep at his mother’s funeral runs the risk of being sentenced to death.”
Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
This book review has been shared by Jamaluddin
Published after his death, legendary author Michael Crichton’s Pirate Latitudes is a cracker of read.
The year is 1665 and privateer Captain Charles Hunter from the English colony of Jamaica is out there looting rival Spanish ships when news comes in that the Spanish are repairing a Galleon filled to the brim with looted gold from the New World. It is being repaired in a near impregnable fortress commanded by the dreaded Cazalla. Naturally, this looks like an ideal outing for Captain Hunter and he along with his band of ruffians, sets out to attack the fortress, commandeer the galleon and take possession of all the gold.
Trust me when I say that it’s a pirate adventure tale filled with relentless action & heart pounding suspense.
Karachi, You’re Killing Me! by Saba Imtiaz
This book review has been shared by Areeba
Photo by Areeba
This is the book. All fancy cover and a catchy title. Catchy for people who think if you step out in this city Karachi, some namaloom afraad will shoot you and boom go away. This is the story about a journalist Ayesha who works in Karachi and lives with her cat & her dad who loves the cat more than her. She has a crappy boss, a job that might kill her and she drinks a lot of beer. There. Is. So. Much. Booze. As Ayesha writes about her bad days, rallies coverage. breaks up, booze, smoking, she keeps writing her diary and BAM you’re on the last page. The writer forgot to put “story” in this book. There is more booze in the book than the story. The end is pretty much Bollywoodified which no wonder was expected. A typical happy ending, finding true love on the airport and the book ends. Well, this book is more like someone’s personal life has been leaked in the most hideous way.
I am afraid people from all around the world will read this book and create an image of Karachi based on this book which is totally wrong. The story might relate to the ELITE-ELITE-ELITE class of the city that makes like 2% of the city but not to the rest of the population and people like me. In my opinion, the whole purpose of this book is to get controversial in ANYWAY. The mount of swearing & inappropriate words is way too much. You can find 10 F words in one single chapter,or maybe I’m wrong, EVEN MORE THAN THAT.
Don’t touch this book. I wish the writer hadn’t put Karachi in this book’s title.
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Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap