Monday, December 30, 2013

Book reports

 Screenwriter, actor, and comedian Albert Brooks wrote a novel.  It's got a good premise, by 2030 the USA is over run with old people after cancer is cured and the younger generation resents them because they're stuck paying for them and their extended lives.  Unfortunately, the premise never shows the promise I thought it would.  The book isn't bad, it's just not that good.

Two brothers from a tight knit Indian family follow divergent paths that lead to the same woman in this concise novel.  It's full of interpersonal drama and it's worth your time.  However, I'm not sure that it's worthy of all the high praise it's been getting.  It's good but it's not that great.  I suspect that Ms. Lahiri's looks play a big part in all the lavish praise her book has gotten, it's almost as if we didn't expect a pretty woman to be able to string many sentences together and when she does, some go all out in their praise of her.

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