Search Results: "Shashi Tharoor"


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THE FIVE-DOLLAR SMILE by Shashi Tharoor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1993

"Like most youthful forays: best forgiven and, with few exceptions, best forgotten."
A collection of early stories—most written when the Indian- born Tharoor (Show Business, etc.) was in his late teens and early 20s—that are more a foretaste of the good things to come than accomplishments in themselves. Read full book review >

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NEHRU by Shashi Tharoor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A thoughtful account, likening Nehru to Thomas Jefferson in ways both positive and negative."
A well-crafted life of the Indian politician and independence-movement hero. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2005

"Intriguing thoughts by an author of worldly range and depth."
United Nations senior official Tharoor (Nehru, 2003, etc.) reflects on some important—and neglected—literary influences of his cultural heritage in 40 columns originally written for Indian newspapers. Read full book review >

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SHOW BUSINESS by Shashi Tharoor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1992

"Another eloquent—and entertaining—commentary on contemporary India."
Hindi movies are the metaphor for all that ails the subcontinent in this satirical tale from Tharoor (The Great Indian Novel, 1991), all about life in India's own Tinseltown— ``Bollywood,'' Bombay. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Lacks a cohesive structure, but entertaining and informative nonetheless."
The successes and failures of contemporary Indian society, supplemented by "An A to Z of Being Indian." Read full book review >

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RIOT by Shashi Tharoor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Sexual passions are secondary to far more fiery political ones in Tharoor's truthful but disappointing third novel, more a reasoned argument than a tender love story."
Tharoor (Show Business, 1992, etc.) makes an anguished plea for religious tolerance, in a story about the 1989 murder of a young American during a sectarian riot in northern India. Read full book review >

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SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS by Kanishk Tharoor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Tharoor is clearly a monumental talent, and his debut is a pleasure, from the first page to the last."
Tharoor's debut story collection ranges widely across geography, between centuries, among circumstances. Read full book review >

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A MATTER OF TIME by Shashi Deshpande
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"The concept here—that the patterns of family history sustain the women who are able to confront and cooperate with them—is compelling, but the execution, with rare exception, is rather dull."
In her first, somewhat charmless book to be published here, Indian writer Deshpande tells a story familiar to readers in the West: a family crisis is triggered when a husband walks out on his wife. Read full book review >

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THE BINDING VINE by Shashi Deshpande
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The common threads of female experience are laid down clearly enough, but in a curiously intellectualized and dispassionate way, and a flood of undeveloped characters doesn't make the story any easier to read."
Veteran Indian author Deshpande's second novel to be published here is not a huge improvement over the first (A Matter of Time, 1999). Read full book review >