Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh is a novella which illustrates the period of partition in India. It reflects the thinking and the attitudes of three generations of characters. While the book is extremely well-written, the constant change in the space; time and location of the characters may be overwhelming. One of Ghosh’s very first novel, he has through memories and daily casual incidents managed to explore the situations, mind-set, and influences of the post-colonial and post-partition generation.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an all time favorite. While most people would look at it from a romantic tragedy point of view, the American Jazz Age and the American Dream has been exquisitely portrayed. The lavish parties and the affairs, the lifestyle of the Americans before the Great Depression hit is on point. The attitude and mind-set of the individuals, due to an abundance of fortune has been well-written.
This book is sheer brilliance and a must read. It is a surprise the book was not well acclaimed during Fitzgerald’s era.