Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Review by Shwetha H S

Imprint: Alfred A Knopf, USA
Genre: Non Fiction, Family, Memoir
ISBN: 9781524732721

Dani Shapiro is an author known more for her memoirs than her fiction works. Her other works are Hourglass, Family History and Playing With Fire among others.

I picked Inheritance without knowing what it is about. I don’t have the habit of reading about a book before reading the book itself. I didn’t check the book blurb and I am glad i didn’t. I usually avoid non fiction and I would have definitely dropped this book the moment my eyes glanced the blurb. I would have missed a fantastic life story.

Dani Shapiro, the author, is a Jew, or that is what she was taught until a DNA test reveals that she is not related to her only half sister from father’s side. This DNA test sets a lot in motion for Dani and her husband. They reach out to a lot of people to find answers for the questions that she had never thought she would be faced. She tries to get answers not only from her biological father but also from her dead parents, her social father. She herself is old. How old would be her biological father? Would he accept her? What were her parents thinking? Why did they not tell her about her origins even after she grew up? Is she still her social father’s daughter or now of biological father’s?

Inheritance is no lesser than a thriller. Only difference is it is Dani Shapiro’s real life story. She still continues to write. I looked up Dani Shapiro on Google after reading the book completely. She looks the way I imagined her while reading the book. Every person struggling with identity crisis must read this book. It is a must read for everyone.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Review by Shwetha H S

Imprint: Dial Press
ISBN: 1984801813
Genre: Historical, Drama, Fiction, Humour

The late author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer, passed away due to cancer a few months before the book was released. Her niece and co-author, Annie Barrows, stepped into her shoes to complete the book and make it see the light of the day. I am glad it happened. If not, I would have missed one witty book by female authors.

Juliet Ashton is a writer with few books to her name. She is not the typical girl of the WW2 era. Not coy, not timid. She is a person of her own mind and that mind of hers makes her pursue things that lead to her betterment. Wow. I love her. I see myself in her. I would totally do whatever she did in the situations she faced in the book. Getting back on track, she is an orphan but has close friends to call family, Sophie and Sidney. Under certain circumstances, she befriends the members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on the island of Guernsey under the nationality of England. When she gets to know the problems they faced during German occupation of the island and more intriguing facts about a few people, she decides to go to the island herself leaving behind a suitor, Mark, and her book publicity tour. There she finally meets her pen pals with whom she had developed a bonding over the letters. Amelia, Isola, Eben, Dawsey, Elizabeth, her daughter Kit, and Will are the prominent characters from the island. They all are present in person except Elizabeth who is in all the narrations of others. What happens between all these characters is the rest of the story. Each character in the story is different, but I kind of didn’t gel well with Isola. She was too much for me. If she were real, I would not have tolerated her bubbly nature.

I have personally never liked the epistolary format of books. Robinson Crusoe, Frankenstein, Swiss Family Robinson, they all bored me to death and I came alive by finishing them with audiobooks. But The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is different. I fell in love with the way letters are written. The narration is witty. So humorous that I want to wake Mary from her grave and kiss her and surrender to Annie for the prowess they exhibit in this book. Chuck the movie. Read the book. The movie does zero justice to the story and doesn’t even follow the same storyline completely.

In The Name of God by Ravi Subramanian

In The Name of God by Ravi Subramanian

Imprint: Penguin, India                                                                             Review by Shwetha H S
ISBN: 9780143425731

In The Name of God is Ravi Subramanian’s ninth book out of ten. He is known as the Indian Grisham of banking thrillers. True to his fame, In The Name of God is a thriller, but not completely related to banking, but is related to the treasure on which banks work.

Set in the backdrop of discovery of the hidden treasure under the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, In The Name of God has a team of elite jewelers and bankers working on evaluating the value of the treasure. There is also a robbery in Dubai that is linked with the bomb blast in Mumbai and in turn with the temple in Thiruvananthapuram. One by one many characters die. Remaining become suspects until they die. Some of the artifacts among the treasure are under the risk of getting stole. A few get stolen too. Police obviously gets involved. Eventually, everything falls into place and all the interlinked cases gets solved. But how are the cases solved? That is the interesting part. Read the book.

The story is too complicated in the beginning to follow as it has too many characters, but you get to know them, and forget a few too, as the story proceeds. One of the characters, Ranjit Dubey, has nothing to do in the story. Seems to be created only to bring up gold plating machine. He is not even mentioned in the rest of the story. Story paces fast in the last few chapters and does manage to hold your attention. The suspects are great but the end is kind of disappointing to me, left me meh. Most of the events towards the end of the story are made a matter of coincidence for the lack of better alternative plot progress, but is at least logical.

In The Name of God is a one-time read. I don’t even remember half of the happenings in the story, also the characters.

Chipless by Kfir Luzzatto

Chipless by Kfir Luzzatto

Review by Shwetha H S

Chipless is a dystopian fiction by Kfir Luzzatto. The story is set in a dystopian society  where people are inserted with a chip at birth. This chip receives the signals transmitted by the people who are controlling this society inside a barricaded town or a city. All the people living inside this society catch the signals through the chip in them which makes them see and hear things that the control group wants them to hear and see. Though the actual situation of this society is such that they have lost all their natural resources and have destroyed nature, but through the chip people are manipulated to think that all is good and natural. But there is a group of rebels who have removed their chips and leave outside the society and can see the reality. The story involves Kal, a scientist with a chip inside him, and Amber, a rebel who has come into the society just to have some fun with the other informants in a cafe. And the story takes off when the police start to randomly interrogate, checking for the infiltrators among the chipped people. When Amber escapes the place suspiciously, Kal notices her and follows her, in turn becoming a suspect. Amber, without any other option, takes him to her rebels who show him what is the reality.

The narration seems like the reasonably fine first draft with all tell and no show leading to passive imagination. From the beginning, everything seems to be falling into place for Kal. He doesn’t face much conflict being a fugitive in a dystopian society. He is plain lucky and doesn’t work much to gain anything. Also, there are loopholes in the plot. For example, after helping Marion, another character, escape from the barn, how did Kal escape from the barn because he was pretending to be her? No explanation given there. As if he ported from inside the barn to outside.

I wouldn’t suggest anyone to read Chipless. Not worth the time.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce is the most boring book I have read in the last three years. I struggled to read. So, heard it on the audio book, but still it was painful. I have no idea why James Joyce wrote this book. Why would anyone be bothered with such a dry story? I couldn’t take it while reading. Therefore not going to relive it by writing a proper review about it.

Just happy that I got this tattered copy of the book free of cost and I didn’t spend a single rupee to read it.

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Imprint: Grove Press, New York                                                              Review by Shwetha H S
ISBN: 9780802127358

The debut novel of Akwaeke Emezi i.e. Freshwater deserves all the praise that it has garnered. It is not your PR pumped book. Even if it is, it is not necessary for the readers to like it unless it is well written. I, a reader, like it. In fact, I love it. It had been a long time since I had last read a book that had good narration. Just like the protagonist of the story, you won’t know what is happening, what to feel, what is the right thing to do.

Freshwater revolves around a character called Ada, whose name means precious or an egg of a python. Why python? Because, in Igbo langauge, python is Ala, the mother of Ogbanje, an evil spirit. That is all the background I can give you in this book review. If I talk more, I will give out the whole story. No, I won’t do that. Because I want you to read this book. As you start reading the story, I didn’t understand what is happening, in and around Ada. After an unpleasant incident, Ada starts to behave differently, as if she is not herself. Now, the narrator keeps telling that they are Ogbanje. But I had my doubts. Whether Ada has multiple personality disorder or is possessed by the spirits. The first personality is a pair actually. Next, along with her orgasm comes another personality, a dominant one, called Asughara. This is an extremely sexualised personality that comes into picture whenever Ada is having sex with anyone. But it rapidly and completely takes over Ada, controlling her every action, better than the previous personality pair. Right when I decided that Ada had turned into a sex addict, Saint Vincent came into the picture. Until then, Ada won’t even know this personality is there inside her. Saint Vincent is the not-so-prominent low profile Ogbanje that when gets unleashed, makes Ada a bisexually oriented person, sexually feasting on boys and girls alike. In between this, another pair of Ogbanje just come and go, making Asughara, the first pair and Saint Vincent ensure that Ada goes mad, at least to the outer world. Until the end, I wasn’t sure whether I was reading about multiple personality disorder or actually Ogbanje. But how do they do this? Why do they do this? What happens to Ada? What is her story? What is the Ogbanje? Freshwater is a mesmerizing story that leaves you numb at the same time rushing a pack of emotions through you, still making you feel nothing. Until you reach the end, at least the last few pages, you won’t know what exactly is happening. Don’t worry. I haven’t given up on the story in this review. There is a lot more to Freshwater than just Ogbanje. To make things interesting Yshwa (Jesus) and the Odinani spirits have a few conversations on how to keep Ada alive or kill.

Freshwater is a must must read! You will definitely miss a lot if you are a bibliophile and don’t read Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. The books is set in many countries, not only Nigeria, native to Odinani. So, even if you can’t relate to terminologies, you can relate to the countries. I, for one, could relate to a lot of things. Author talks about sari, roti, etc., that are found in India too. By the way, the word freshwater is used only once in the whole book, except the title. That is in the end. You get that?

Nerala Hejje by Tejaswi A C

Nerala Hejje by Tejaswi A C (ನೆರಳ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ – ಕವಿ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ಏ ಸೀ)

ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ – ಶ್ವೇತಾ ಎಚ್ ಎಸ್

ನೆರಳ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ಎ ಸಿ ಅವರ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕವನ ಸಂಕಲನ. ಇದು ಕವಿಯ ಜೀವನದ ವಿವಿಧ ಹಂತಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದ ಕವಿತೆಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ವಿಷಯ ಅವರ ಮತ್ತು ಅವರ ಮಗನ ಬಾಲ್ಯ, ಅವರ ಶಾಲಾ ದಿನಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಲೇಜು ದಿನಗಳು, ಕೆಲಸದ ಜೀವನ, ವಿವಾಹಿತ ಜೀವನ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಳಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದೆ. ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಕವನಗಳು ಒಂದೇ ರೀತಿಯಾಗಿರುತ್ತವೆ ಮತ್ತು ಕೆಲವೊಮ್ಮೆ ನಿಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಬೇಸರಪಡಿಸುತ್ತವೆ, ಆದರೆ ನಾನು ಇಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟ ಒಂದು ಕವಿತೆಯೆಂದರೆ ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಕವಿ ಏನು ಯೋಚಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಅವರ ಪತ್ನಿ ಕೇಳುವುದು. ನೀವು ಓದಲು ಉತ್ತಮವಾದದ್ದನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ನೀವು ಈ ಕವನ ಸಂಕಲನವನ್ನು ಓದಬಹುದು.

Review by Shwetha H S

Nerala Hejje is a Kannada poetry anthology by Tejaswi A C. The title means shadow of the footsteps. It has the poems written at different phases of the poet’s life. The theme varies from childhood of his own and his son’s, his schooldays and college days, work life, married life, etc. While most of the poems are similar and sometimes tires you, the one poem I liked is in which the poet is asked by his wife what he is thinking. You can read this poetry anthology if you don’t have anything else better to read.

Daatu by S L Bhyrappa

Daatu by S L Bhyrappa (ದಾಟು – ಲೇಖಕರು ಎಸ್. ಎಲ್. ಭೈರಪ್ಪ್)

English translation of the review is given after the review in Kannada

ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ – ಶ್ವೇತಾ ಎಚ್ ಎಸ್

ದಾಟು ಕನ್ನಡದ ಪ್ರಖ್ಯಾತ ಕಾದಂಬರಿಗಾರರಾದ ಎಸ್. ಎಲ್. ಭೈರಪ್ಪರವರು ಬರೆದಿರುವ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಾದಂಬರಿ. ಅವರು ಕಾದಂಬರಿಗಳ ಜೊತೆ ಸಣ್ಣ ಕಥೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕೂಡ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದು ಅವರ ಕಥೆಗಳೆಲ್ಲವು ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮಾಜದಿಂದಾಗಿರುವ ಹಾಗೂ ಅದರಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಆಗಿವೆ. ದಾಟು ಎಂದರೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ದಾಟಲು ಅಥವಾ ಜಿಗಿಯಲು. ಈ ಶೀರ್ಷಿಕೆಯ ಮೂಲಕ ಜಾತಿ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯ ಗಡಿಯನ್ನು ದಾಟಬೇಕಾದ ಅಗತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಲೇಖಕರು ಸೂಚಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮಾಜವು ರಚಿಸಿದ ಮತ್ತು ಎದುರಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಜಾತಿ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಕಾದಂಬರಿಯ ವಿಷಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದು ಜಾತಿ ಆಧಾರಿತ ರಾಜಕೀಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆಯೂ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತದೆ.

ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯದ ನಂತರದ ತಿರುಮಲಾಪುರ ಎಂಬ ಹಳ್ಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಕಥೆಯನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಆ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ದೇವತೆಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಾಣಿ ಬಲಿ ನಿಷೇಧಿಸಲಾಯಿತು ಮತ್ತು ಜಾತಿ ಆಧಾರಿತ ಜನಗಣತಿಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರಾರಂಭಿಸಲಾಯಿತು. ಕಥೆಯ ತಿರುಳಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸತ್ಯಭಾಮ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ ಇದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸತ್ಯಭಾಮ ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣ ಪುರೋಹಿತರ ಮಗಳು. ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ ಶಾಸಕರೊಬ್ಬರ ಪುತ್ರ, ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಊಳಿಗಮಾನ್ಯ ಪ್ರಭುವಿನ ಮೊಮ್ಮಗ ಮತ್ತು ಗೌಡ ಜಾತಿಗೆ ಸೇರಿದವನು. ಇಬ್ಬರೂ ತಮ್ಮ ಕುಟುಂಬಗಳ ಮುಂದೆ ಪರಸ್ಪರ ಮದುವೆಯಾಗಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಬಯಕೆಯನ್ನು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದಾಗ, ಯಾರೂ ಅದನ್ನು ಒಪ್ಪುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ದುರ್ಬಲ ಇಚ್ಚಾಶಕ್ತಿಳ್ಳ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ ಇನ್ನೊಬ್ಬ ಹುಡುಗಿಯನ್ನು ಮದುವೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಾನೆ ಆದರೆ ಸತ್ಯಭಾಮ ತನ್ನಷ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ತಾನೇ ಸತ್ಯಳಾಗಿರುತ್ಥಾಳೆ. ಅಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲಿ ಪುರೋಹಿತರು ಹುಚ್ಚರಾಗಿ ಆತ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೂ ಮೊದಲು, ಅವರು ತನ್ನ ಮಗಳಿಗೆ ಬಹಳ ಹಿಂದೆಯೇ ಅಸ್ಪೃಶ್ಯ ಮಹಿಳೆಯೊಂದಿಗಿನ ಸಂಬಂಧದಿಂದ ಜಾರಾಜ ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆಂದು ಹೇಳಿರುತ್ತಾರೆ. ನಂತರ, ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸನ ಪತ್ನಿ ಸಾಯುತ್ತಾಳೆ ಮತ್ತು ಅವನು ಸತ್ಯಭಾಮಳ ಆಲೋಚನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಿಂದಿರುಗಿ ಕುಡುಕನಾಗುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಆದರೆ ಸತ್ಯಭಾಮ ನಂತರ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸನ ಮೇಲಿನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಆಸಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡು ತನ್ನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸಮಯವನ್ನು ಕೃಷಿ ಮತ್ತು ಕೆಳಜಾತಿಯವರ ಉನ್ನತಿಗಾಗಿ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಬರೆಯಲು ಹೂಡುತ್ತಾಳೆ. ಅವರ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ಘಟನೆಗಳು ನಡೆಯುತ್ತವೆ, ಆದರೆ ಅವರು ಎಂದಿಗೂ ಒಂದಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಏಕೆ? ಏನಾಯಿತು? ತಿಳಿಯಲು ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಓದಿ.

ಎಸ್ ಎಲ್ ಭೈರಪ್ಪರವರ ನಿರೂಪಣೆಯು ಎಷ್ಟು ವಿವರಣಾತ್ಮಕವಾಗಿದೆಯೆಂದರೆ ಅವು ಕಲ್ಪನೆಯನ್ನು ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಪೂರೈಸುತ್ತವೆ. ಎಷ್ಟರಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಅದು ಭಾವನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮುಟ್ಟುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂದರೆ, ನಿಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಪಾತ್ರಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಅಳುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆ, ಅವರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಚೋದಿಸುತ್ತದೆ, ಹಿಂದೆ ನಿಂತು ಅವರ ಮೂರ್ಖತನವನ್ನು ನೋಡುವ ಹಾಗೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಕಥೆಯ ವಿಷಯವು ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಸಹ ಸಾಪೇಕ್ಷವಾಗಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ನಾವು ಅಂತಹ ಸಮಾಜದಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಸಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ ಎಂದು ಜೀರ್ಣಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಕಷ್ಟವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ಪಾತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀವು ಯಾರಿಗಾದರೂ ಹೋಲಿಸಬಹುದು. ಕಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿನ ಆಡುಭಾಷೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ನಿಂದನೀಯ ಪದಗಳನ್ನು ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಬಳಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಪುಸ್ತಕವನ್ನು ಓದಬೇಡಿ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಲು ನನ್ನ ಬಳಿ ಏನೂ ಇಲ್ಲ. ವಾಸ್ತವವಾಗಿ, ಇದು ಓದಲೇಬೇಕಾದ ಪುಸ್ತಕ.

Review by Shwetha H S

Daatu is a Kannada novel by an eminent Kannada novelist S L Bhyrappa. He has penned many novels along with short stories, and all of them address the problems in as well as with our society. Daatu means to cross over or leap in Kannada. Through this title, the author is indicating the necessity for us to cross over the boundaries of caste system. The theme of the novel is the caste problem created and faced by our society. It talks about the caste-based politics too.

The story is set in a village called Thirumalapura, post-independence, and at the time animal sacrifices for the deities was banned and caste-based census was begun. At the core of the story are Satyabhama and Srinivasa. Satyabhama is a daughter of a Brahmin priest. Srinivasa is a son of an MLA, grandson of the village’s feudal lord and belongs to Gowda caste. When they both express their desire to get married to each other in front of their respective families, neither approve of it. Weak-willed Srinivasa goes on to marry another girl but Satyabhama stays true to herself. Meanwhile, the priest goes mad and commits suicide. Before that, he tells his daughter that he has a bastard from an affair with an untouchable woman long ago. Later, Srinivasa’s wife dies and he becomes a drunkard going back to the thoughts of Satyabhama. But Satyabhama loses all her interest in Srinivasa after his marriage and invests all her time in farming and writing a book for the upliftment of the lower castes. A lot of events take place in their lives, but they never get united. Why? What happened? Read the book to know.

S L Bhyrappa’s narration is so descriptive that they amply cater to the imagination. So much so that it touches the emotions, making you cry with the characters, provoke along with them, stand back and look at the stupidity of them, and so on. The theme of the story is so relatable even today that it is difficult to digest that we are living in such a society. You can relate each of the characters to someone or the other in your lives. The slangs and abusive words in the story are used even today. I have nothing with me to tell you not to read this book. In fact, this is a must-read.

Women Around Us by Hanadi Falki

Women Around Us by Hanadi Falki

ISBN: 9789353213985                                                                      Review by Shwetha H S

            Hanadi Falki is a writer of Indian origin. ‘Women Around Us’ is the first book of the series ‘Life Around Us.’ Through this series, the author is trying to show our societal life that we are not able to relate to because of having our heads constantly in social media. Through ‘Women Around Us’ Falki tells us stories of women who can be anybody we know.

Her Dream talks to you about child marriage and education of girls. No More Please is about body shamming, peer pressure and parental pressure among students. While Not Fair Enough is about our obsession with the fair complexion, Hello Again is about the harassment, both mental and physical, and stalkers. Never Too Late tells you about the husband and wife relationships straining because of the in-laws. It’s Not Love shows the true colours of domestic violence towards women. Stand By Me is the story of motherhood.

Of all the stories, I liked It’s Not Love. I loved the way it started. I thought at least one-story talks about the bad women. It’s not like all women are good and angelic. Yes, of course, other stories have female villains, but those are the secondary characters. So, I had high hopes from this story, but again, in this story too someone else was the villain. Not disappointed, but if author says that she is writing about women around us, I expected all kinds of women; stupid, villainous, intelligent, nerdy, etc. However, some of the female protagonists of a few stories are not your typical ones. So, happy to read them.

Women Around Us is a one-time read. If you are stuck in traffic and want to read to kill time, then go for this book.

Orson’s Farm – Sows The Seed and Cuts The Corn by Jim Davis

Orson’s Farm – Sows The Seed and Cuts The Corn by Jim Davis

Imprint: Ravette Books Limited                                                       Review: Shwetha H S
ISBN: 1853041122 and 1853041769

US Acres, known as Orson’s Farm outside the USA, is another creation by Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield and friends. Though it has the word farm in its title and similar characters, it has nothing to do with George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

The title character, Orson, is a pig. Booker is a chick and Sheldon an egg that doesn’t want to hatch completely and walks on two legs. Because Orson incubated these two while they were still eggs until they each completely and partially hatched each as he read his books, Booker and Sheldon call Orson their mom though he is a male. This farm also has a rooster by name Roy, two sheep siblings Bo and Lanolin, a crazy and cowardly duck called Wade, Cody a puppy, Blue a kitten, and a colony of random worms that keep taunting Booker often.

I remember reading Orson’s Farm books as a child. I used to laugh a lot. Sometimes, I even used to act like the characters in these books. Now that I am reading them as an adult, I find them less funny, but they are still as precious as ever. I feel like picking up my colour pencils and colour the cartoons. These are the books, the steppingstone, to my bibliophilic adult life. No matter what be the title, all the comics under US Acres/Orson’s Farm are random depictions of each characters’ lives in the farm and their interactions with each other.

Orson’s Farm is a good start for hooking children to books and to avoid video games. Adults too will not be disappointed.