Shashi Tharoor is once again at his provocative best. In the title essay, we learn the steep price paid by some Iraqis just to obtain a book; what does it mean. However, what emerges clearly from reading Bookless In Baghdad is Tharoor’s acute literary bent of mind. One is aware that he has constantly. Bookless in Baghdad: On Writing and Writers. Shashi Tharoor, Author. Arcade $25 (p) ISBN

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The intellectual elitism and the accompanying lifestyle that served him well all these years while he worked for the United Nations started to stick out like a sore thumb in his role as a public servant. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

Your spirited defense of Salman Rushdie, your description of the various literary fests which I have vicariously biokless through this book and all the other motley bunch of writers mentioned here – I indeed have had a good time along with your book.

May 07, Akshat Baghdxd rated it it was amazing. But I’m a big fan of the guy and may end up reading more of his books. While his writings could have been less self centered and more informative on the literary scene, i do not think i have much to complain.

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Bookless in Baghdad: On Writing and Writers

The essays are cleverly grouped, and makes it that much more easier to find in the future. Could have enjoyed more had it been less self referring. Shashi Tharoor’s views are very balck and white especially on Chiurchill and Nirad Chaudhury.

His sentences showcase a sharp yet diplomatic tongue-in-cheek wit which mirror his career, and yet, at times defy his politics The Critic as a Cosmetologist. Inspirations, Reconsiderations, The literary life, Appropriations and Interrogations. This book of Mr.


Yeah, actually, it’s a one of the best books by Shashi Tharoor. Each article was not just to read, but to reflect upon and google on the facts that I was not aware of.

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The Summing Up: Shashi Tharoor’s Bookless In Baghdad

He says it is precisely the lack of politics in Wodehouse’s writing, one based in an idyllic world Crippled with US sanctions and with their greatly diminished currency, many Iraqi families were selling off baghcad precious books. After all, it concerned all things literary. The kind who are thrilled by a clever turn of phrase, or a refreshing epigram. Of course, that aspect boolless to be kept somewhat separate from his credentials as an author.

In the title piece, we learn what Iraqis go through in their beleaguered land merely to get hold of a book, and how selling books from their own libraries on the street helps some put bread on the table. Refresh and try again. Naipaul, and Winston Churchill make for fascinating reading. View Full Version of PW. I realize now that my review has unintentionally transformed halfway from a guide to a commentary. This is a must read for those who love books, authors and all things literary.

He shares with us his eclectic taste in literature: So when I decided to pick this book lured by the fact that I was able to get a decent condition hardback copy in second hand, my expectations were very low.

Bookless in Baghdad

The kind who derive infinite joy discovering new words and phrases. He started very early. View all 5 comments.

There is also a poignant homage to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, whose home was raided by the oppressive military regime while he lay on his deathbed, and who famously said: The book is a must read and will give you a perspective on the Indian literary legends. He is a man of contradictions all the time NC sucked upto his English masters and by that virtue, he sold books and won his bread and butter.


But why survive if it is only bookles eat more bread? Jan booklexs, Muthu Raj rated booklesss really liked it. And even if the book focusses on writing and books, it is underlined by Tharoor’s serious concerns about society, culture and politics. A bit self indulgent, nevertheless a nice book.

In the morning, when the storm broke, the warrior prepared to return to claim his bride. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Each essay initiated hours of personal research. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. The book reflects Tharoor’s status as a very well read man and a writer.

Tharoor’s novels, as he never tires of writing, have been lavishly praised all around the world. With my superior intelligence, I have out-generalled the man this time by putting in all the old Wodehouse characters under the same names.

Kambar postulates that the Indian cultural sensibility is marked by its non-linear notion of time. Trivia About Bookless in Baghd What ‘Bookless in Baghdad’ does beyond being a collection of articles is, it provides a better view of Tharoor’s literary canvas.

May 20, Sandhya rated it really liked it. And so convincing was his mention of P.

The Great Indian Novel is currently in its 28th edition in India and his newest volume. His wisdom as a writer is s My respect for Shashi Tharoor has enormously increased after reading this book. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.