Book Review: The Mongol Empire

In Chinese eyes, Genghis and Kublai and all their conquests were actually Chinese, And so therefore is Tibet.
The Mongol Empire changed the course of history and transformed the map of the world. Driven by an inspiring vision for peaceful world rule, Genghis Khan - mass murdering barbarian to his victims, genius and demi-god to his people - united warring clans and forged an empire that spanned Asia, bringing people, cultures and religions together and opening intercontinental trade. Under his grandson, Kublai Khan, the vision evolved into a more complex ideology, justifying further expansion. Fuelled by the belief that Heaven had given the whole world to the Mongols, Kublai doubled the empire's size until, in the late thirteenth century, he and his family controlled one-sixth of the world's land area. Along the way, he conquered China, made Beijing his capital and gave the nation the borders it has today, establishing the roots of the twenty-first century superpower.

In very lucid prose John Man presents an authoritative account of the rise and fall of Genghis's Golden Family. With vivid descriptions of the era, the author succeeds in conjuring up the essential flavors of the volatile time period. The Mongol Empire by John Man is a fast, gripping and resourceful book and is an essential read if you are interested in this particular time period of history in general and the personality in particular.

Book Information
Author:John Man
ISBN:9780593071250
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Random House India
Year of Publication:2014
Number of Pages:Approx 400 with cover


Book Review: The Mongol Empire

Fast, gripping and resourceful. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.
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Book Review: Bombay Stories

I noticed tears in Chaddah's eyes. They floated there like corpses on water.
 Freshly arrived in 1930s Bombay, Manto saw a city like no other - an exhilarating hub of license and liberty, and a city bursting with both creative energy and helpless despondency. It was to be Manto's favourite city, and he was among the first to write the Bombay characters we are now familiar with from countless stories and films - prostitutes, pimps, lowlifes, writers, intellectuals, aspiring film actors, thugs and crooks. His hard-edged, moving stories remain, a hundred years after his birth, startling and provocative. In searching out those forgotten by humanity, Manto wrote about what it means to be human.

Originally written in Urdu and translated into English by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad, this collection of fourteen stories flows with a definite fluidity presenting vibrant emotions and colours of life – love and detachment, mirth and the melancholy. In simple and lucid narrative style Manto introduces the characters, who breathe and live life like their real counterparts belonging to a different time and place. Definitely readable in style and form, Bombay Stories presents a collection that tells tales of dirt and innocence constructed in a city build out of the author’s acceptable imagination.

Book Information
Author:Saadat Hasan Manto
ISBN:9788184006414
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Random House India
Year of Publication:2014
Number of Pages:Approx 280 with cover


Book Review: Bombay Stories

Definitely readable. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.
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Book Review: The Complete Battles of Hastings - II

We had a curious walk home.
Captain Arthur Hastings OBE, veteran of the First World War and former private secretary to a Member of Parliament, became well-known as Hercule Poirot's trusty sidekick and confidante, the perfect foil for the great detective and his 'little grey cells'. Yet although Agatha Christie wrote 33 novels about her famous Belgian detective, only eight of them actually feature Captain Hastings. Considered to be some of the very best Christie stories, the distinctive Hastings novels are distinguished by being recounted in the first person, just as Dr Watson's were for Holmes. This omnibus brings together the last four Poirot and Hastings novels, including Lord Edgware Dies, The ABC Murders, Dumb Witness and, returning to the scene of his very first novel, Curtain: Poirot's Last Case.

It is an audacity to try reviewing plot, structure, characterizations and languages of time tested novels included in this collection. Instead, here I would try to focus more on the presentation and readability of the collection as a whole to help interested readers. Running over seven hundred and fifty pages, this book is definitely huge in terms of size. However, the font and spacing does not compromise with the legibility, and is absolutely readable. The book has definitely maintained agreeable standards as far as presentation and aesthetics is concerned.

Book Information
Author:Agatha Christie
ISBN:9780007171187
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Harper Collins
Date of Publication:2004
Number of Pages:Approx 770 with cover


Book Review: The Complete Battles of Hastings - II

A collector's volume. I had received the copy from MySmartPrice. Thank you MySmartPrice for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at flipkart  in case you live in India.
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