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

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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!)

14 thoughts on “Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize 2011: Reviews from the week December 4-10

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

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