Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Adultery by Paulo Coelho - Review

This is Linda’s story.
She’s lucky. She knows that.
It’s what makes being unhappy even worse.
Her friends advise taking medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less.

A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, devoted mother and ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared. She embarks on a relationship that is addictive, dangerous and undeniably exciting. But the consequences are far-reaching . . .
~Synopsis from Goodreads

I think the title gives away the theme of the book and if you combine it with the book blurb, you get pretty much good idea about what this book is about.

Adultery is all about Linda who is bored with her blessed life and think herself to be depressed and she takes her short encounter with her past boyfriend to provide the best cure to come out of her mental situation. But can you force yourselves on someone else because you are looking for that 'high' when you are with him?

Adultery is a different take on adultery which did not go well. I could not feel any kind of conviction about the whole story which is just not about a happy married woman having an adulterous relationship with another married man. The point is that this story looks like a half hearted attempt from the author to convince the reader of something which he himself is not convinced.

The only way I can accept the character of Linda is to tell myself that she is mentally ill. But then I need to answer the question how she can function normally at all other times except when she is in the vicinity of that one person. Linda is nothing like what any woman, how much ever tempted she is will behave under any circumstances. That is what Paulo Coelho got it wrong. And what happens when the central character itself is weak? The whole story is like a deck of cards waiting to fall down !!!

 In short Adultery is just about a woman who wants to feel her surging hormones when she is with another man who is not her husband, who is ready to go to any extend to get  what she wants even if she will be throwing away everything precious in her life. I am not sure any sane woman will act like Linda did unless she is only fit to be in a mental asylum. Sorry, I know it is too harsh, but that is my take.

Rating: 2/5
Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone
Pub Date:  
Source: eARC from Netgalley

We are back

So we are actually back with full force on this blog after a 6 week hiatus. And Junior has gained some weight and did lose some hair. Yes, he is a very serious guy. We really really have to work hard to get that rare smile on his face :)

And the girl seems to enjoy her days at my parents' place in Kerala. Here you can see her helping in drying the baby's clothes when we got a bit of sun inbetween the heavy showers. We saw a lot of rains, thunderstorms here in the past few weeks and it was nice, but scary for the kiddos.

Clara had not ventured out of the house much after we came here because I usually leave her with my maid and mom whenever I go to the hospital. The above pic was taken during one of the rare occasions when she went out with her father . She is holding her much precious 'Popy'( brand name) umbrella and you can see that the yard is still wet from the rains.

We bought Clara 3 books out of the 'How To Train Your Dragon' series. As of now, she is quite young to appreciate the books, but then one day we will see her reading and enjoying them.Atleast that is our plan !!!

I read quite a few books and there are at least 8-10 book reviews that I need to write apart from the movies that I want to talk about here. But alas, I am way too lazy to sit and type whenever both kiddos are sleeping because I just want to snuggle close to either of them or both and go to sleep...

The vacation saw me active on twitter, but then I don't think it did any good for this blog, though it kept me occupied and was helpful in making some nice friends. And the number of instagram pics of books that I got to ogle at was just awesome.

My vacation helped me in discovering few trends in the bookish world. Like many serious reviewers end up reading and reviewing the same set of books and this small set of people are quite capable of making or breaking a deal for an author irrespective of the quality of the book. That is why few books get over-hyped and your interest fizzles out when you start reading them.  But most of the time we get to read the best books out there because of these people ( I don't yet count myself in that group though I actually read quite a lot of ARCs)

I think I have become very picky about which books to read and you can see some recently popular book reviews on this blog soon. Now that the baby has grown a bit, I hope to get some time to write the pending reviews and keep up this blog. Watch out for me dear friends !!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Recent Books on My Shelf #13

So here are the 5 books that I have on my mobile to read while recovering from the birth of my second child.

I received  Broken Monsters as a gift from Netgalley for participating in their Wellness programme. All other titles are what I requested for ARCs and got them in Kindle format. All of you will have to wait a while for the reviews to come :)

Note: Scheduled post

Monday, August 4, 2014

Book WishList #3

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob was released on July 1st and it is surely making some ripples in the literary field. This book seemed to be set in India which makes in even more interesting and so this is another recently released book that is going in my wishlist.

I will not go ahead and buy this book as I want to wait for some more reviews from fellow bloggers. I believe they provide impartial reviews about books than most professional reviewers around the globe.

Publisher: Bloomsbury UK

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