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Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize 2011: Reviews from the week December 4-10

December 11, 2011
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Week 4 of our Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize 2011 longlist reviewing project and we’re moving along with …

  • Jamil Ahmad’s The wandering falcon (Pakistan) by Stu of Winston’s Dad. He, like Lisa who has already reviewed it, liked it for what he felt to be its authentic portrayal of the tribespeople of an area that now encompasses parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.
  • Tahmina Anam’s The good Muslim (Bangladeshi) by Lisa of ANZLitLovers. She liked it a lot. Her description of the way it explores the domestic (personal) and the bigger picture (political) – and the fact that it’s a Bangladeshi novel – have tempted me!
  • Rahul Bhattacharya’s The sly company of people who care (India) by Fay of Read, Ramble who calls it “a captivating first novel”. It’s about a cricket journalist who goes to Guyana for a year … that in itself intrigues me!
  • Anuradha Roy’s The folded earth (India) by Matt of A Novel Approach. He’s impressed, with reservations.
  • Tarun J Tejpal’s The valley of masks (India) by Lisa of ANZLitLovers. She says “It’s not for the faint-hearted, but it is an outstanding book.”

I hope you are finding this an easy way to keep up with the team reviews … and that what I’m doing here is not redundant. The last thing I want to do is post for posting’s sake. (And, I know you won’t believe a word I say, but my first Man Asian review will appear next week!)

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  1. December 11, 2011 12:13 pm

    Perhaps since I’m a member of the team I shouldn’t comment on your query about keeping up with the reviews, but I think it’s good that you do. I”m doing the same, because each of us while we have readers in comnon also have a distinctive readership, and I think it’s important to reach as many readers as we can to help promote this prize and the readers it is aiming to bring to world attention.

  2. December 11, 2011 12:26 pm

    I haven’t read any of these, but a friend of mine really liked The Wandering Falcon.

    • December 12, 2011 2:26 pm

      Thanks Guy. All the reviews I’ve seen of it have been positive. I’ll be reading it soon and am looking forward to it.

  3. December 11, 2011 5:42 pm

    You’re not wasting your time from my perspective. I have found some great new blogs and so many of these reviews are wonderful. I wish that I read new books more often than I do. There are just so many good books out there.

    • December 12, 2011 2:28 pm

      Great, thanks Becky. I’m glad …. But totally agree re all the great new books out there. Too many of them!

  4. December 11, 2011 8:19 pm

    I like the the sound of The Sly Company of People Who Care. Intriguing title, great cover and it sounds as though it is jostling with life.

    • December 12, 2011 2:30 pm

      Thanks Catherine. It’s a great title isn’t it. Conjures up all sorts of possibilities.

  5. December 12, 2011 7:50 am

    I appreciate these round-ups, Sue. I have so many feeds in my RSS reader it’s easy to overlook individual reviews, but when you have them all together like this I’m more inclined to click and read.

  6. December 12, 2011 5:52 pm

    Yes, it’s good to have overviews, especially for such a good cause :)

    • December 12, 2011 10:53 pm

      Oh good, thanks for confirming Tony … there’ll be a few more of these yet as we lead up to the announcement of the longlist in January.

  7. December 13, 2011 12:05 pm

    I be just finished good Muslim and agree with Lisa view hope have review up this week and valley of masks week after as still gong through it alm the best stu

    • December 14, 2011 9:04 am

      Look forward to your review, Stu. I should get The folded earth review up this weekend, if the world slows down for a few days as I hope.

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