Monday, October 24, 2005

Starting At Magnum Opus

I haven't read anything else by Yann Martel after Life of Pi. When younger, I could not distinguish Margaret Mitchell from Gone With The Wind or James Hilton from The Lost Horizon - it is much the same with Pi and Martel. Reading about Life After Pi is naturally interesting, but I doubt if I will want to associate Yann Martel with anything other than Pi. It would almost deface his identity not to mention the memories of a very beautiful story.

Authors who are not overpowered by their work - and specially by their debut are lucky in a way. They get opportunities to reinvent themselves, open up new and mysterious worlds to their readers time after time. Some writers who have made me want to read more of their work include John Irving, Milan Kundera and A.S. Byatt.

As much as I have enjoyed reading any one of their books, I have always felt the best is yet to come and even it hasn't ,it has not been any disappointment. I am happy to wait for more because I am enraptured by Kundera much more than I am by The Unbearable Lightness Of Being.

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