Monday, August 9, 2010

A corker of a read

Bring out the heralds, the initial reports about this book, Tiger Hills by debutante author Sarita Mandanna, are all true. Set in Coorg, undoubtedly one of the most picturesque places in the world, the wide sweep of the novel both in terms of narrative and style reminds you of the family sagas by MM Kaye or even Colleen McCollough which populate school libraries to this day. In the era of obscure, incomprehensible prose and plot lines, an old-fashioned love fable set in an exotic land is always welcome.

If the author is guilty of anything, it is of introducing a little more of the picturesque than required in her descriptions. But that fault can be overlooked because of the sheer sweep of the book. Starting from the late 19th century to the immediate post-independence era, it captures the colonial project in this unique enclave in south Karnataka.

Full report here Financial Express

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