Pigs Can Fly: Book Review

Author: Barry Cryer

Pigs Can Fly

Book Blurb:

Throughout his career, Barry Cryer has collaborated with all the greats, such as Max Miller, Tony Hancock, Bob Hope, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, John Cleese, Kenny Everett, Tommy Cooper, Spike Milligan, Morecambe and Wise, and more. He has also collaboratively penned series like Hello Cheeky!, toured with Willie Rushton in their show Two Old Farts in the Night, and is a panellist on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. This is his collection of completely true apocryphal stories from these 50 years, packed with jokes, fascinating asides, and riveting portraits of the major figures in comedy.jokes, fascinating asides, and riveting portraits of the major figures in comedy.

Review:

Nope. This book just did not do it for me.

I guess to someone who knows Barry Cryer, it could be interesting to read, but for someone like me, who has no clue who this person is…reading about his day to day life felt a bit…you know…draaag…

Quite Honestly, I got this book simply because the name attracted me. It got me wondering if this was indeed as good as the title…And the fact that I got the Hardbound copy of the book for Rs. 10 did make the deal much sweeter!

But all in all..the only thing interesting in the book, was the title. I had a real tough time sweating it till the end.

Power of Language in Literature

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of Number four Private Drive where proud to say that they are perfectly normal, thank you very much!”

This one line is enough to grab the attention, it brings to focus the amazingness of J K Rowling’s writing. There are some books that are interesting to read, just because of the way they are written. Since we have already mentioned J. K . Rowling, lets take an example of her work itself. The Causal Vacancy is one big book about a small town. If we look at the core of the story, it really is not really much of a story, but it is the way JKR has written it, her wit, her realistic and humorous sentences, that made it worth a read. But, if someone where to translate it, would the translator manage to capture the essence of her writing. If the translator misses this, the book would automatically loose its charm. Language is a very powerful medium, and each and every language has its own separate essence. While translating works from literature, the job of the translator is to not just change the wordings, but to maintain the core essence of the original. Although not impossible, this job is exceptionally hard. Anybody who knows two languages can change the language, the reason for hiring a professional translator is to maintain the essence. While there is a cost of the literature piece loosing its crux, it is important for it to be translated into multiple languages as well. Since, there are number of languages, and in order to reach the maximum number of people, one would need one’s work to be in maximum number of languages in order to make it more accessible.

Fortunately, there are number of firms that provide intelligent translating services. Nowadays, with cloud computing, there are firms like Smartling that offer such services for authors or literary agents so that the works can be translated in the best possible way.

FREE PRINTABLES: Harry Potter Bookmarks!

Some great bookmarks, help enhance the reading experience!

So, if you want four free harry potter bookmarks, just click on the download link below. You could have it colour printed on A4 Size paper, I would recommend this to be printed on an Artcard, but simple paper would also do.

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Send a request with your Name and email id with the subject line “Need free Harry Potter Bookmark: 1″ to dhwani@koffeekreations.

Enjoy!

Sea Glass: Book Review

Author: Anita Shreve

Sea Glass: A Novel

Book Blurb:

In the textile-manufacturing region of New Hampshire in 1929, newlyweds Honora and Sexton Beecher wrestle with all the wonders and challenges that young couples have always faced. They’ve just purchased a house near the ocean that needs a lot of work, but the couple is dedicated to making it a home. When the economy fails and a single unscrupulous act perpetrated by Sexton is revealed, more than love will be required to keep the marriage from collapsing under the weight of this betrayal. Sexton — formerly a traveling salesman — is forced to take a job at the local mill alongside other men, women, and children whose very survival is being threatened by the harsh burden of their daily toil. Repeated pay cuts and inhumane conditions propel the workers closer to a potentially violent clash with management and union breakers. Alliances are formed, honor is challenged, and character flaws become fatal as the tinderbox explodes, leaving old bonds broken and new ones bolstered.

Review:

Let me start this review by admitting that I have Absolutely NO self control when it comes to books. I still remember the day I got this book. It was early morning when I proudly told mom: NO MORE BUYING BOOKS..at least till I read some part of the ever-so-high pile of to be read books.

And then, satisfied with myself, I opened the newspaper to see an ad that proclaimed “BOOKS RS 10/-“. Long story short, I got 20 books:/

Coming to the review, I got this is a book that one can carry with oneself on a beach vacation.

It is a light, breezy novel, and after the book was completed, I kind of missed the characters.

Although this is supposed to be a light book, it was quite interesting to read about the union strikes and its effect on people’s lives.It was quite a contrasting background to the story which gave it a wonderful depth.

I quite enjoyed the writing style, it would be an ideal book to read after one has finished a heavy work. But then again, there was nothing too great or thought provoking. Pick up this book when you want to pass the time pleasantly without too much exertion to the mind.

Dear John: Book Review

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Dear John

Book Review:

An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life–until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. “Dear John,” the letter read…and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.

Review:

The interesting thing about this book was that it is from a male perspective. We do not see many romantic love stories from this perspective. It was such a refreshing take.

More than “just a romantic” story, this book does a great job to show John’s growth as a person, how he deals with life to how he deals with his father’s illness.

Just like any other Nicholas Sparks book, this is a story that is extremely believable. The things that happen are so normal, and we hear about them happening around us so often.

I especially liked the ending, I know too many people have given this book lower rating because of the ending, but for me, it was the ending that gave it that extra edge of reality.

Check out the movie trailer for this book here: