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The Pisces by Melissa Broder

The Pisces by Melissa Broder Title: The Pisces
Author: Melissa Broder
Publisher: Hogarth
ISBN: 978-1524761554
Genre: Literary Fiction, Humour
Pages: 288
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 Stars

Give me some time while I figure what genre “The Pisces” falls under. Give me some time while I get back to breathing normally as “The Pisces” has knocked my breath out of me and I don’t know how to breathe anymore. Give me some time to recover and be up and about (I don’t know how much time it will take) as right now I am under the spell of a book known as “The Pisces” (if you haven’t seen me mention it twice already and I haven’t even begun the review) by Melissa Broder – a book that is already one of my favourite reads of 2018.

Like I said, it isn’t easy to categorize or fit “The Pisces” into a genre and perhaps it is better this way. At the same time, it is unlike any other book I have read. It has love, surrealism, loss and to top it all, a merman. Yes, you got that right. A merman in love with a regular washed-up woman who has almost given up on the idea of love and lust. But like any good book, there is more to what meets the eye and for that you only have to read the book.

Lucy is despondent after her break-up to the point of self-destruction. She leaves Phoenix to go to L.A. to dog-sit for her half-sister Annika for the summer. And in-between group therapy sessions, she meets Theo, a merman, one balmy evening and this is where it all begins.

It is kinda strange to get into the book from the time Lucy meets Theo. We are conditioned a certain way to look beyond the ordinary. We just do not and perhaps never will. Having said that, Lucy is strangely drawn to Theo, again and again till she cannot resist any longer. They converse, they make love, they have hungry sex and of course at the heart of it all, there is the ever-eternal quest for love.

Broder’s characters could be anybody. Literally anybody. The voices, the speech, the expressions and the emotions are so real that you cannot help but relate to all of them. What got me going from the first page was humour. As a policy perhaps, I do not read funny books and this one though doesn’t belong there, it made me laugh out really loud and without any inhibition. Through Lucy, Broder infuses so much wit, candour and sarcasm in the book that it is more than just rib-tickling. It is outrageous to the point of being excellent! I also found myself thanking whoever it is that this wasn’t written by a man, or else it would have been terrible, in my opinion.

“The Pisces” will for sure have you thinking more about unusual alliances and how most of the time as we make our way through life, we forget to embrace it for what it really is. There is a lot of life in this book – it has a lot of moments of the “reality wind” knocking you down but it also has moments when it picks you right up and gives you a semblance of hope.

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How it Works: The Wife by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris

How it Works - The Wife Title: How it Works: The Wife
Authors: Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris
Publisher: Ladybird Books
ISBN: 978-0718183547
Genre: Picture Books
Pages: 56
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5 Stars

Who is a wife? What are her responsibilities? What is she supposed to do and not supposed to do? Is there a manual at all to all of this so wives can lead easier lives? The spoof on The Wife is here – from Ladybird again in the series of Ladybird Books for Grownups and once again it hits right on the spot and makes me a happy man.

How it Works - The Wife - Image 1

This time as you must have guessed, it is about the wife – who is she and what is she all about. It is highly tongue-in-cheek and works very well given the entire patriarchal centricity of our society. Ladybird books for grownups is about our learning (mockingly) or more unlearning the age old stereotypes created for us and how we can actually break free.

How it Works - The Wife - Image 2

“The Wife” is what the typical wife should be and it makes fun of all of those models. I loved this book the most. I thought it was the book on dating, but this one beats it hands down.

The Ladybird Book of the Hangover by Jason Hazeley

The Ladybird Book of the Hangover by Jason Hazeley Title: The Ladybird Book of the Hangover
Author: Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris
Publisher: Michael Joseph
ISBN: 978-0718183516
Genre: Picture Book
Pages: 56
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5 Stars

Ladybird books have done it again! I remember talking about their book on dating and this time I finished the book on the hangover. Once again it is in your face, cheeky and downright hilarious. It is also about the Hangover – your very own fifty-six page guide on what causes a hangover and how to get rid of it.

Hangover 1

“The Ladybird Book of the Hangover” is in the same vein of the other Ladybird books for Grown-Ups. I know the books are short and may not even count as books in the proper sense of the word, but they are and they are a riot. Each of them that I have read till now.

Hangover 3

The book on the hangover is about coping in the real world and more so with alcohol. My favourite page is of the cat – it made me snigger and laugh out loud so very much. It is a quick read and will not take too much of your time.

Hangover 2

“The Ladybird book of the Hangover” is a contemporary farce of a read for our times – that cannot do without alcohol and there isn’t anything known as enough alcohol. Take a tip or two about hangovers from this one.

The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster

The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster Title: The Dot and the Line
Author: Norton Juster
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781587170669
Genre: Fiction, Children, Mathematics,
Pages: 80
Source: Borrowed Copy
Rating: 5/5

There are books that warm the soul. There are books that you know will have that effect on you. “The Dot and the Line” by Norton Juster is one such book. A friend recommended it to me and I borrowed her copy and could not stop gushing about it. It is a book that will make you chuckle, will make you want to cheer for the line and will make you want to go to your loved one and say, “I Love You” over and over again. When such books come along, you just read them and reread them and reread some more.

“The Dot and the Line” as the title suggests is about a dot and a line. It is about a line who loves a dot who loves a squiggle and does not think much of the line. The line tries hard but fails and that’s when he decides to change and something unexpected comes out of it.

The illustrations and the story per se are just superb. It is a book for all ages as well and not just limited to children. I think it is more for adults than anything else. There are mathematical expressions throughout the book which is so much fun to glance, infer and understand. The puns are hilarious and more than anything else the illustrations fit straight right in with the story. I don’t even know if I can place it any single genre as it deserves to be a part of so many.

I am grateful to my friend for introducing me to this book. It is magical, wondrous and full of life and vitality. “The Dot and the Line” is the kind of book you must read with your better-half or loved one for the impact to be doubled.

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