• Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Reviews

Re-Readings

Published Date: September 15, 2014
Two men and the world they changed

Two men and the world they changed

BOTH men were obsessed with coming by power and using it to the full. Both were arrogant and looked down on the world around them in huge disdain. And both, in the end, were recipients of less than admiration in the world of geopolitics. That is the core message which springs from Robert...

Published Date: September 15, 2014
Triumph of the mountains

Triumph of the mountains

THERE are some books which could be found in almost every bookshop in a city, and Into Thin Air is one of them. You are likely to see it displayed on the shelves of almost all the bookshops in Kathmandu. On the subject of reviewing it, the reader may ask if a book needs to be a national bestseller or well-liked to get reviewed. The answer is not inevitably 'yes', but some bestsellers should be analysed so that readers come to know why they become widely read, and especially one that was written some eighteen years ago. But the reason for reviewing Into Thin Air is absolutely different. Firstly, I was...

Published Date: September 15, 2014
Off-beat work of literary criticism

Off-beat work of literary criticism

Tension and Synthesis in Wole Soyinka's Plays Kajal Bandyopadhyay Dhaka Viswavidyalaya Prakashana Samstha LITERARY criticism usually is a task practiced by experts, particularly for the more knowledgeable section of readers. But nowadays it's mostly practised with such super-professionalism and zealous use of jargons and terms that it hardly has anything to do with common readers. But literature being a reflection of life, literary criticism shouldn't be confined within limits imposed by profession and its conventions but should strive to connect convention with contingency, heighten consciousness of people and serve as moral correctives to individual and collective errors of society. The experience of reading Dr. Kajal Bandyopadhyay's Tension and Synthesis in Wole Soyinka's Plays...