Shashi Tharoor is once again at his provocative best. In the title essay, we learn the steep price paid by some Iraqis just to obtain a book; what does it mean. However, what emerges clearly from reading Bookless In Baghdad is Tharoor’s acute literary bent of mind. One is aware that he has constantly. Bookless in Baghdad: On Writing and Writers. Shashi Tharoor, Author. Arcade $25 (p) ISBN

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Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers by Shashi Tharoor

Highly readable and barring a few place, novel too. His knowledge of all things literary is astounding. In these times when patriotism is equated with jingoistic nationalism and majoritarian politics, Tharoor’s book is an antidote for these tendencies and should ln prescribed as a compulsory read in schools and colleges. That is indeed something to write home about.

Bookless in Baghdad

As a writer, I had always believed that the way I tell a story is as important to me as the story itself. Views Read Edit View history. Inspirations, Boookless, The literary life, Appropriations and Interrogations.

Wodehouse, Book,ess immediately made sure a copy of his anthology was ready to be borrowed as soon as I went back to college. Tharoor uses the opportunity to talk about reviews and critical assessment, all of which makes for great reading. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat He couldn’t possibly give up or live without either. Stephen schooling and UN duty. Please add book to my quotes.


Bookless in Baghdad: On Writing and Writers

This book is for people who are not quick to form judgement and baghxad the various facts and puns that spring forth from the pages of a book.

Pretty witty, toungue in cheek review of classics from bookleess contemporary as well as the classic world this book will appeal to someone who wants to be a voracious reader. This was the first time I read any of Shashi Tharoor’s work. This is a must read for those who love books, authors and all things literary.

Bookless in Baghdad

I learned many things leafing through the pages, for instance about Rushdie, Pablo Neruda and Pushkin, for instance I did not know that there existed a Wodehouse society in Stephens and the only one in the world! Is it because of a lingering nostalgia for the Raj?

Looking at other baghvad I gathered that not many people li This is the first book by Tharoor that I have read, and I found it quite interesting for the fact that it has a collection of essays primarily focusing on various Authors and the pressing need to read and write good literature. The book is a personal narrative of the literary pursuits and opinions of the authors.

May 07, Akshat Solanki rated it it was amazing. This book is a collection of Tharoor’s newspaper columns, all centered around a ‘writers and writing’ theme. He is clearly passionate and well-informed about all things literary and Indian, and his passion is certainly contagious.


His baghdae takes on Hollywood and Bollywood will intrigue even the most demanding cinephile. Alas, the title essay, about the “book souk” in besieged Baghdad, is something of a red herring. Mar 17, Oviya Balan rated it really liked it Shelves: It is indeed so, for it never identified with a particular religion. And even if the book is about all his literary pursuits and interests, most of the writings are underlined by Tharoor’s serious concerns on society, culture and politics.

The kind who are thrilled by a clever turn of phrase, or a refreshing epigram. After all, it concerned all things literary. Jan 06, Aldrin rated it did not like it. This article about a non-fiction book is a stub.

Bookless in Baghdad Embed. Feb 06, Rajiv Bhattacharya rated it it was amazing. He himself mentions it more than a dozen times saying his literary pursuits are as important to him as his erstwhile role at the UN.

Overall, the book left me, in the authors words, ‘both amused and bemused’ For colonialism gave us a literature that did not spring from our own environment, and whose characters, concerns, and situations bore no relation to our own lives.

It is a book of bsghdad, of ambition and of debasement, of lust and of celibacy, of treacherousness and of sacrifice.