Sunday 23 October 2016

One line reviews by people who clearly hadn't read the books - Part II

[This is the second Part in a series we are doing of one-line reviews of Books - where the reviewer has clearly not actually read the Book itself. This is, let it be noted, an exercise in humour, and no author sentiments, cats, or country musicians are intended to be harmed.

The first Part of this series, along with a detailed introductory note, can be found here.]

All entries are by me except where indicated.

11. The Return of the Native is Thomas Hardy’s definitive guide for filing of Income-tax returns by native Americans

12. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri is a novel set in the Kurla and Sion railway station premises during the Mumbai monsoons. [Ravi Kumar]

13. Midnight’s Children is a rollicking account of a bunch of rich kids and that one time they were out partying till late in the night, written based on personal experience by Salman Rushdie. [Ravi Kumar]

14. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is an architecture textbook warning about the importance of building sound structures in windy areas like Chicago.

15. The Godfather by Mario Puzo is a religious treatise about the father of God, who is God.

16. The Inheritance of Loss by Jhumpa Lahiri is an excellent handbook on accounting for family trusts and ‘Association of Persons’ in a tax-efficient manner [Ravi Kumar]

17. Through his critically-acclaimed treatise The Silence of the Lambs, renowned author Thomas Harris has attempted to capture in detail the recent (and as yet unexplained) phenomenon of sheep born mute and the subsequent efforts by the Modi Government to make them bleat once again, louder if possible [Ravi Kumar]

18. How Green was my Valley by Richard Llewellyn is the definitive self-help book for Kashmiri Pandits in exile.

19. The most remarkable aspect of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is that not only does he guide surgeons on how to conduct a heart bypass during load-shedding, but he manages to do this within 110 pages. [Ravi Kumar]

20. Aside from his contribution to the teapoy and coffee table manufacturing industry, Stephen King has also been monumental in making the study of India's technological growth post independence much simpler and much more intriguing, by giving us his book, so aptly titled, IT. [Ravi Kumar]

For entries 21-30 in this series, click here

1 comment:

  1. The one reviewer you've quoted widely can publish a nice book of his reviews.