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Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
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Oct 28, 2014

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bookshelves: read-2011, kwench, world-literature, holocaust
Read from January 29 to 30, 2011

“To my mind, faith is like being in the sun. The shadow is doubt. And it goes wherever you go as long as you stay in the sun.”

“We overvalue words, they are just refined grunts.”

“Words are cold, muddy toads trying to understand spirits dancing in a field.”

I always felt that words are so strong that they can shatter the silence and scream the truth hoarse... but this book just makes me believe that nothing is more powerful than silence... it can be killing, tormenting, poignant, threatening, claustrophobic, haunting, scary and so deep that words can never describe it... Words are black or white but silences are the Grey they can be represented as everything and nothing...

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01/29/2011 page 152
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message 1: by Adnan (new)

Adnan Zuberi Do let me know, he is too risky to read and then decide.

Neha actually i quiet liked it... definitely worth it... always abstract but always original... story but more than that

message 3: by Adnan (new)

Adnan Zuberi Thanks, I look forward.

message 4: by Sujata (new) - added it

Sujata Thats one hell of a brilliant review.I think you should write reviews for publications.You are really good !!
I haven't read any of his books but now I don't think I can wait anymore.

message 5: by Adnan (new)

Adnan Zuberi @Sujata: You are right, I was telling her lately to review for me out of courtesy. Once you are in the middle of a book, and you realise you picked the wrong one, you are nervous of your choices.


Neha hmm thanks guys..
@sujate - well I will write for publications.. if someone wants me to. till then good reads & blogging my only forums

message 7: by Adnan (new)

Adnan Zuberi Beset of luck dear. Try sending them online.

Neha Adnan wrote: "Beset of luck dear. Try sending them online." which site

message 9: by Adnan (new)

Adnan Zuberi :)- Will surely send you any if/when I find . To start with I suggest you search on Google, and send to as many as you can, like pick a recently out book to review, send it to a review website, like Since there are thousands, so read before choosing. a good website that can work as a directory is


message 10: by Richard (last edited Apr 03, 2013 07:19PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Richard This book is good, but it affected me very strongly. At one point while I was reading it, I thought that I was going to be ill. You have written a very good review.

message 11: by Neha (new) - rated it 3 stars

Neha Thanks Richard. Coming from you it means a lot. Yes this book has a very haunting & sad tinge to it which can make you chock up a little. Another book which touched me in somewhat similar way was Manu Joseph's 'The Illicit happiness of other people'.

Santwana Neha-it isn't Van Gogh's painting, but Munch's Scream that you have on your website.

message 13: by Neha (new) - rated it 3 stars

Neha after your comment I did some google and found out about munch, surprisingly the works of gough and munch are confused by many. I have no idea about art and painting but it's good to learn. Thanks santwana.

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