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Outstanding work of art by great book writers

Updated on August 8, 2009

The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Now you can either love or hate her philosophy, but there is no denying that these two books are absolutely masterpieces and can change your attitude and character and the way you look at things, sometimes you will feel that whatever she is telling is correct and might tempt to change your way of thinking. Her philosophy that being selfish is not a crime can sometimes shock you. I don't know how to explain these in words and I recommend that you read these two books whenever you get a chance upon them. Looking forward to hear your opinions.

Three mistakes of my life

Sure it was not as impressive as compared to the first two by the author but this one goes at amazing pace. I must say I was impressed by it. Well composed story. I will surely recommend it to all who have not done it.

Timeline by Michael Chrichton

The best science fiction I have read. The author of the Jurassic Park has done enough and more justice to the scientific principles he exploited to make his imagination come true. The complex science is explained in a simple easy to understand way. It is about time travel. I divulge no more from the story. Please everyone read this one.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

It is also an incredible book. Specially because authors background, a robber, heroin addict escaped from an Australian prison, lived in our own Bombay slums, many roles, moved to Afghan. His life and the way he narrates, it makes it extraordinary, even though it has a thriller persona. It is a semi autobiographical novel by Gregory David Roberts.

Story line

A criminal reaches Bombay after escaping from an Australian jail. Bombay becomes his new home. Later he becomes a part of Bombay underworld. It has 900 plus pages, but the flow is there and it is not just another criminal's autobiography. It has got the substance.

It is worth reading.

White Tiger

Happened to read Adige's White Tiger. It was a huge disappointment and lacks 'depth' (it's my view and I am liable to be corrected if properly convinced). Of course, it won Booker Prize, has been widely acclaimed. My observations about it are - the book has got readability, the story is mostly set in somewhat familiar environs (as I had opportunity of closely watching a typical north Indian village life and the life of people belonging to all strata of society in Delhi), and most of the characters are 'stereotype' (some of the dialogues/thoughts of Munna reminded me of the dialogues of the film actor Jayan in the I.V. Sasi film 'Angadi'), there are umpteen stories/novels that trace the meteoric rise of a village simpleton either to the corridors of power or to the industrial circles.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Yet another gem from Khaled Hosseini. A must read, but I am not sure if anybody could really get through until the end without a lump in the heart. The narrative is simply out of this world. Khaled is definitely a great find and what makes his books interesting are the way he connects with the readers. At least that is what I think.

Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

That's my favorite one. A really interesting fable. It made me an agnostic from an atheist; Paulo Coehlo's other works doesn't meet the expectations made by Alchemist.

Another one I would recommend is Chronicle of a death foretold by Marquez. It is really interesting and small enough (compared to 100 years of Solitude or Love in the time of Cholera).

Banker to the Poor (The story of the Grameen Bank) by Muhammad Younis

It is a book by Muhammad Younis, who won the Nobel Peace prize in the year 2006. He writes the beauty of Grameen Bank and invites a revolutionary change in the thinking for the poor. He stresses on the decentralized economic development, which proved to be right in poverty affected Bangladesh. Look at the ordinary people in Bangladesh after the influence of Grameen Bank. They enjoy the spirit of economic stability among them, how small it may be. In this route, this text provides some innovative ideas to at least social-minded people in India too. This is a book which is really worth for those who love poor.

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome by Nigel Rodgers

This is a book for Roman history lovers. It is for both expert and beginners. It does the fine tailoring of Myth and History of Rome. This book takes you to the mythical founding of Rome by Ramulus and Punic wars between Rome and Carthage (which made the rise of Rome) to republican era, Julian era and to the birth of the Roman Empire through Augustus. The later history of Fall of the Empire, the first Christian Emperor Constantine, which later lead to the splitting of Empire. It briefly describes the lifestyle, culture, military aspects of the Roman people. Good one in my opinion.

No Man's Land by Harold Pinter

This is an interesting play from Pinter. Four characters, two acts and in the end, one of the characters finds himself in no man's land as his efforts to get a job as secretary to drunken writer fails. There is enough drama too. A nice read.

The Lord of the Rings Series by J. R. R. Tolkien

You know, in the west, there are no epics. This book is written to fill that gap. It was truly written as an epic. Each and every character in this book is that much detailed and the narration is excellent. It tells the story of a ring. I don't think I need to give an introduction of this book since most of you guys might have already watched its movie realization.

There is book called "To kill a mocking bird". Along with "Uncle Tom's Cabin" this book is known to be instrumental in the abolition of slavery from Southern states of USA and also in the creation of NCCPA. Chapters from this book are even now taught in some Ivy League colleges. Would request comments from visitors on this book.

Hot, flat and crowded - A Thomas Friedman's book on Global warming

This is a must read for all humans because if a percent of what he says happens we are going for a bleak future. It is a scary picture of world, some thing we all should give an ear.

It is not just some scary prophecies of doom. Friedmann has proof for what he says and he has a concrete plan too, to reduce the effects and form a better place for us to live.

Buy and read it even if you don't agree with him.

Kite Runner directed by Marc Forster

The film is directed by Marc Forster, the director of finding never land. As this topic is not meant for films, I am not going to say more about the cinema, but usually adaptations disappoints us. In this case, I differ, specially the kids are amazing. A sure try. Please watch it if possible.

A bit about the story line. Amir and Hassan were inseparable friends but due to destiny they were separated, but when time passed on, something is there for both, a very different way of explaining relationships.

Houssines works seems to be specialized in dealing with human emotions and relationships. Talking on the basis of my personal favorite from him, Thousand Splendid Suns in which he portraits the relationship of two women happened to be the wives of same man.

A Mountain in Tibet by Charles Allen

It is a fantastic book that describes about Mount Kailash and its amazing landscape. This book is written by a British writer. This book is an extraordinary story of exploration and high adventure, full of excitement. A must read book for people who like travel and adventures.

Barsa by Dr. Khadeeja Mumtaz

This is not just a novel. It is a sharp and humorous way of criticizing a way of life. Islam is a religion, where momen do not have any place at all. Dr. Khadeeja Mumtaz brings this out in a humanitarian perspective. In fact I should have mentioned Paulo Koilo's Warrior of peace translated by Phillip M Prasad. I am sorry to say that the translation did not do justice to the English version. And I must confess that the English version does not satisfy as a good work of art, but Barsa is a great novel.

One night at the Call Center by Chetan Bhagat

This is not my last read, but this is a good one. It is from Chetan Bhagat, an IIT guy. This novel is about the life of five people in a Call center. After reading this book, I got his another book and in fact this one is the first book "Five point someone". It is about life of three boys in IIT. This is also a good one. The last book is "Three mistakes of my life". This book is about communal problems in Gujarat and Ahmadabad. This book got a lot of hype, but I feel author was not able to come to the expectation levels.

First Light by Sunil Gangopadyay

First Light is English translation of a Bengali novel Pratom Aalo by Sunil Gangopadyay. It says the story of Bengal and India, from 1880 to 1910 mainly through the life Rabindranatha Tagore. It has so many wonderful characters, Tagore, his two brothers and their wives, Bharath, Bhumisutha, Swami Vivekananda, Margret Noble aka Sr Nivedhitha, Dr Mahendralal Sarkar, etc.

You might have seen the film Charulatha directed by Sathyajith Ray, based on Tagore's short story. On reading this novel, I came to know it was the real life affection between Tagore and his sister-in-law Kadambari. So many different types of characters, different situations, its a mammoth novel in every sense. It is a wonderful novel, worth to read.

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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      11 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure Mr. Michael Shane.

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      Michael Shane 

      11 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Interesting Hub! thanks for the info...

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      11 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes definitely you will love them Shalini.

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 

      11 years ago from India

      Great choice of books soni2006 - I must catch up on my reading and read the ones I haven't read!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      11 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure artrush.

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      11 years ago

      Great info, very informative. thanks :)

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      11 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for having a look on these book reviews mini cigarette.

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      mini cigarette 

      11 years ago

      I haven't read all of these books, but I do agree with your comments on Michael Chrichton. He was a genius and took scifi to a new level. I also loved Kite Runner. It was disturbing, humbling and redemptive. Thanks for the hub. I'll definitely check out these other titles.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      11 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks jillofalltrades for reading and enjoying these reviews. Yes some of these books belong to Indian writers so that's why you have not come across them.

      Yes, I have heard about James Michener, the famous American novelist, via the same book SOURCE which you have also mentioned. I have never got a chance of reading it though but I will check it out.

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      jill of alltrades 

      11 years ago from Philippines

      Great choices! I am not familiar with all of them though. But, both Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are favorites of mine as well as Alchemist. I also enjoyed Lord of the Rings. I'll check out the others you mentioned.

      Are you familiar with James Michener? I like almost all his works especially The Source.


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