Clarion Call to Creative Climate Action

Clarion Call to Creative Climate Action

Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. By Amitav Ghosh. University of Chicago Press, September 2016. 196 pages. The Great Derangement is an important corrective in the oft-polarized dialog on climate change. Rather than take sides on the American...
Reincarnations

Reincarnations

INCARNATIONS: INDIA IN 50 LIVES by Sunil Khilnani.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.  444 pages. Release date: September 20th 2016. I raced back to the table of contents after reading the opening paragraph of Sunil Khilnani’s engaging Incarnations: “India’s history is...
Unsentimental Seasons

Unsentimental Seasons

THE YEAR OF THE RUNAWAYS by Sunjeev Sahota. Knopf, 2016. 484 pages. Hardcover $18.74   I have grown up in parts of the world that have memorable seasons: Rajasthan with its summer “Loo,” a dry, hot wind that is the very opposite of a gentle summer breeze; Bombay with...
The Medium is the Message

The Medium is the Message

FLOOD OF FIRE. By Amitav Ghosh. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. 616 pages. $20.42 Hardcover. In the epilogue to Flood of Fire, Amitav Ghosh cleverly makes mention of some 50 sources which have informed his novel. I imagine that few, if any, of these were likely to...
Gods, Jinns, People, Wars, and Existential Bewilderment

Gods, Jinns, People, Wars, and Existential Bewilderment

TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHTS. By Salman Rushdie. Hamish Hamilton by Penguin Books India, 2015.  286 pages Yes, the title of this review says it all: Salman Rushdie’s latest novel is about people finding their way away from God, courtesy of a War of...