Shantaram. This book is phenomenal. It awakens inside you something new, someone new. It is a real eye opener in seeing the world for its beauty as well as its horror. The secret ingredient is the fact that it is a true story, told out of the view point of the author and main character himself. His experiences are both heart breaking and heart warming at times. I find myself reading it again and again.
Calvin and Hobbes is a cartoon strip that is written and illustrated by an American cartoonist, Bill Watterson. It follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger. The pair are named after John Calvin, a 16th-century French Reformation theologian, and Thomas Hobbes, a 17th-century English political philosopher.
Mr Durrell was from British descent with a world of experience behind him. To our greatest delight he chose to put those experiences into writing leaving his mind and life open for our entertainment. His books contain a wide range of different topics; hysterically hilarious events with his rather peculiar family and all the different perils they tackled together mixed up with his intriguing passion for wild life and all the oddities he ever came across. All of his books are based on truths but a few of his individual stories tend to drift towards fiction. His stories are delightfully bizarre and hilariously entertaining with honest-to-God humor and unforgettable characters, a light read for a good laugh. Here follows a few of my favorites:
- The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium (The Maiden Voyage is a chapter in this book, my ultimate favorite)
- Fillets of Plaices (Stick it through the first few chapters)
- Marrying off Mother and Other Stories (fun read)