Love Among the Bookshelves: Book Review

Sunday, June 1, 2014
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I always used to wonder how would it feel to be an author? To draft the magical world of books, all by yourself! No, my curiosity isn't solved yet, I haven't yet experienced it. But I got answer to another quest - to know my favourite author. We grow up reading their books, living in their crafted land, dreaming about the scenarios they create - always mesmerised! But who do they dream about, whose stories reflect deeply upon them, which books left them mesmerised, and about whose brilliance did they talk about for days! Some of these answers were found recently in a book by Ruskin Bond - Love among the Bookshelves.

This is just my second book this year as I got pretty busy with the PhD stuff! But about my last year's First Read Authors Pledge, I couldn't complete it. I could read only 7 out of my pledged 10. So, this year I'm gonna finish my pledge by reading at least 10 books by authors I haven't read before! 

My Copy!

Title: Love among the Bookshelves
Author: Ruskin Bond
Genre: Non-fiction
Number of pages: 185 
Publisher: Penguin Books India 
ISBN: 9780670087341

The Blurb:
Many readers have grown up with Ruskin Bond’s stories. Now in an utterly delightful anthology, he introduces you to the stories he grew up with. Part memoir, part anthology, Love among the Bookshelves is a glimpse into Ruskin’s life through the books he has loved and an introduction to some forgotten classics.

About the author:
Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent.He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children's authors and a top novelist. He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novels, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have established him as one of the best-loved and most admired chroniclers of contemporary India. 
In 1992 he received the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing, for his short stories collection, "Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra", by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters in India. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to children's literature. He now lives with his adopted family in Landour near Mussoorie.

My Review:
This book is not another marvelous story by Ruskin Bond, it is part memoir part anthology by Ruskin Bond describing how he fell in love with books. His story starts when he was a young boy who was on vacation with his family in a rest house in Rajaji Sanctuary. Ever since starts his love and passion for books which never subsided. His first book was Love among the Chickens by P.G. Wodehouse. Then came H.E. Bates, Somerset Maugham, and Charles Dickens. He has described his two years in London when he was so lonely that he turned towards books once again and he read one book per day. His favourite from that time was by Richard Jefferies.
This book is a must read for everyone who has loved his books and the books by his favourite authors. It gives you a great sense of excitement to read how he felt when he read a particular book and the first thing I am wanting to do right now is read each and every one of his favourite books (He has given a long list in the end of his fav authors and books). If you don't hear from me for next few weeks, I think you'll know what I'm being busy in.

I wouldn't rate this book as I can't judge a man of that stature but in my opinion, you must grab this book as soon as you can!
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