Manic Street Preacher's Book Tag...
As per preacher's request..
1. One book that changed your life?
I remember one book lent to me by one of my teachers in India ages ago. I do not remember the title. It was about the holocaust. It was gripping reading and it made me cry, it horrified me that man was capable of such cruelty. It's cover was a B/W picture of concentration camp survivors behind a barbed wire fence.
2. One book you have read more than once?
An incovenient Truth - Al Gore. Loved the documentary, now reading the book the second time around.
3. One book you would want on a desert island?
An Equal Music- Vikram Seth
The story of the hero's chance encounter with Julia, the pianist he had loved and lost in Vienna, brings him happiness again. Her situation, and the secret that may end her career threatens to undo this rekindled relationship. I absolutely loved this book and must be a sucker for good romantic novels. I could feel the joy the hero felt and the gut wrenching pain that comes from a heartbreak. This book is available in audio format and I might get it again.
4. One book that made you laugh?
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure By Sarah MacDonald
From Publishers Weekly Australian radio correspondent Macdonald's rollicking memoir recounts the two years she spent in India when her boyfriend, Jonathan, a TV news correspondent, was assigned to New Delhi. Leaving behind her own budding career, she spends her sabbatical traveling around the country, sampling India's "spiritual smorgasbord": attending a silent retreat for Vipassana meditation, seeking out a Sikh Ayurvedic "miracle healer," bathing in the Ganges with Hindus, studying Buddhism in Dharamsala, dabbling in Judaism with Israeli tourists, dipping into Parsi practices in Mumbai, visiting an ashram in Kerala, attending a Christian festival in Velangani and singing with Sufis.
What other country in the world would offer you that? I mean America is diverse too but spiritual smorgasbord? Only in India. The book apparently was criticized in India, but I did not see what got their goat. In any case I enjoyed it made me laugh and took me on a virtual tour of lands that I know and have never been too.
5. One book that made you cry?
Slaves in the Family – Edward Ball.
From School Library Journal A compelling saga, Ball's biographical history of his family stands as a microcosm of the evolution of American racial relations.
.. In the course of his research, the author learned that his ancestors were not only slave owners, but also that there was a highly successful slave trader company in his background. He was able to trace the offspring of slave women and Ball men (between 75,000 and 100,000 currently living) and locate a number of his own African-American distant cousins.
..In the course of his research, he visited Bunce Island, off the coast of Sierra Leone, to see the fortress from which his ancestors loaded terrorized men, women, and children onto slave ships. Their story represents that of many African Americans. This book helps readers to visualize, if not understand, the slave legacy still enmeshed in this country today.
It was a bit of a dry read at times but at the same time very compelling, a very honest look at the authors own family legacy.
6. One book you wish had been written?
The Story Of My Life By - ME
Well at least a few folks would read it. I would need to take an year off to write. It would be a coming of age story. What another one? Oh No!
7. One book you wish had never been written?
Some of the books written by Indian-American authors, the whole immigrant shtick and the issues between the parents and the first generation has been regurgitated to death.
I am going to tag 3 more folks so here goes..
-- M(tread softly upon)