Aerogrammes by Tania James

10 Jan

From the Jacket:From the highly acclaimed author of Atlas of Unknowns (“Dazzling . . . One of the most exciting debut novels since Zadie Smith’s White Teeth”—San Francisco Chronicle; “An astonishment of a debut”—Junot Díaz), a bravura collection of short stories set in locales as varied as London, Sierra Leone, and the American Midwest that captures the yearning and dislocation of young men and women around the world.

In “Lion and Panther in London,” a turn-of-the-century Indian wrestler arrives in London desperate to prove himself champion of the world, only to find the city mysteriously absent of challengers. In “Light & Luminous,” a gifted dance instructor falls victim to her own vanity when a student competition allows her a final encore.  In “The Scriptological Review: A Last Letter from the Editor,” a young man obsessively studies his father’s handwriting in hopes of making sense of his death. And in the marvellous “What to Do with Henry,” a white woman from Ohio takes in the illegitimate child her husband left behind in Sierra Leone, as well as an orphaned chimpanzee who comes to anchor this strange new family.
With exuberance and compassion, Tania James once again draws us into the lives of damaged, driven, and beautifully complicated characters who quietly strive for human connection.
My Review:
aerogrammes-and-other-stories-by-tania-jamesThe first thing i liked about the book was the design. Designed like an aerogram, the book looked interesting and it did not disappoint me to say the least. A compilation of short stories, the book is a mixed bag of all kinds of stories, adventure, humor, drama etc. There is something for everyone.
The writing is crisp and lucid. It is that kind of book you would read on a Saturday afternoon in bed. A treat for those who love reading and not one of those light reads you would want to pick up to read on your metro ride to work.
What I absolutely loved is the amalgamation of different genres all rolled into one book. It gave a much variation that ideally a book of short stories should have. It is safe to say that with Aerogrammes I have come to love and appreciate the genre of short stories.
I really enjoyed reading this book, hope you do too
Rating: 4/5

This review is for Random House India; however the opinions expressed here are my own. 


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2 responses to “Aerogrammes by Tania James

  1. Alpa

    January 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    My favorite story was What to do with Henry. And I loved the way James indulges in clever epigrams 🙂

  2. Shaili D.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    I liked ‘Ethnic Ken’ a lot! 😀


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