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The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Intense with a realistic setting, replete with references of our life and events today with a backdrop of a Greek tragedy makes Salman Rushdie's The Golden House a piece of literature to deal with.

The book begins with a billionaire who moves to New York with his three sons from Mumbai. They then take on new names and new identities. The days and times are when Barack Obama became President. It further goes on to chart his life and the lives of his sons when Donald Trump takes up presidency in the United States of America. So yes…..references and not so subtle references of events and people make it an interesting piece.

Nero Golden, an enigmatic businessman and billionaire is the protagonist. His three sons, Petya who is an agoraphobic and alcoholic, Apu, a flamboyant artist and D who is dealing with gender issues are the main characters of The Golden House. The narrator is RenĂ© Unterlinden a young and intriguing neighbour of the Goldens who is an aspiring filmmaker and uses them…

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

A magnificent house, a sprawling estate, exquisite dinners, interesting house guests ... all of whom are presented from the point of view of an ageing butler is what makes up the plot of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2017, and very rightly so!

Set in 1956, post war England, Stevens is the ageing and long serving butler of the Darlington house, who sets on a road trip along the English country side. His purpose is to meet and discuss the re-hiring of a Miss Kenton, who once served at the house many years ago. What Stevens discovers about himself and about his employers during his journey becomes the crux of this novel. Written as a first-person account, Steven narrates and reminisces about the various situations and adventures that occur during his stay and service at the house. Each of the house guests, the various house parties and of course the trials and tribulations of running a house of the stature of Darlington do…