Hope you have all been doing very well 🙂
I just finished reading a couple of books and thought it fair to keep you all updated and do my fair share of campaigning for the books 😛
The first one is by P.G. Wodehouse – Big Money. Before I tell you a bit about the book, I must warn you of my bias here. I am a big big worshipper of Wodehouse. I think it is partially, well, majorly attributable to the fact that my papa is also a big fan and has the Jeeves collection from army days. I have not read all of his books as yet but the few I have read make me a fan of his wit and untouchable sarcasm. And he writes such happily happy novels; absolutely light reads and nothing can go wrong (not so far) and I love that about him. He can pick up mundane conversations and then make the language so humorous and dripping with a touch of that sarcastic humour that I can’t seem to get enough of.
Before I say the same things again and again, let me get on with the book.
Big Money is all about Berry Conway and Lord Biskerton also known as Biscuit (how cute, sigh!). So, these guys are basically from the same school, once inseparables who meet by chance and they share their dreams of making big money. One would think that Lord Biskerton with all that prefix is already rolling in money. But predictably, that’s not the case. Berry on the other hand has been left with stocks and shares from imaginary companies by an once-rich aunt. Berry and Biscuit have different dreams and define ideal lives very differently with the common objective being, making some decent money to make their dreams real.
An opportunity presents itself when Berry’s employer Frisby, a really short tempered man is pestered by his sister to find a chaperon for her daughter, Ann Moon. Berry jumps at it and recommends Biscuit’s aunt, Vera for the job. But Ann’s entry and Frisby’s interest in Berry’s non-existent copper mine spark off a delectable tale.
You know what I like about Wodehouse? He always ensures that his tales are never never boring at any part. I loved the way the characters converse in true British or American styles. I love the way I could imagine Biscuit or Berry and actually sip coffee with them.
It also took me back to the days when I would rummage Papa‘s entire wardrobe of books and look at the brown coloured, dog-eared Wodehouse books. Getting a bit emotional, I mentally thanked for the kind of family I have that always encouraged me to read and the husband who never ever complains about buying me a whole set of books even when there are dozens unread.
Makes life a lot beautiful, doesn’t it? These li’l treasure troves of happiness. Or rather, big money.
Okay. No, that’s not the end. I have another very different book to share. This one was also absolutely entertaining and is also made into a movie with Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. Any guesses?
Yay! you got it right – The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger.
The story revolves around Andrea Sachs (Andy) who has graduated from Brown and wishes to get into the publishing world. She dreams of making it to The New Yorker. As she goes about sending out resumes left, right and centre, she gets a surprise interview call from Elias-Clark group for the post of Junior Assistant to Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief for a fashion magazine called Runway. She bags the job. Initially, though she is skeptical of the job, her inner voice gets drowned in what everyone around her seems to echo – “A million girls would die for your (Andy’s) job”. Moreover, Miranda is her ticket to The New Yorker.
Very soon, she finds herself a part of a gruelling work regime with the capricious and never helpful Miranda subjecting her to unimaginable tasks. It does not help that nobody is willing to speak against Miranda either. Miranda is revered and everyone, almost everyone seems to find it an honour to be able to be of some service to her. It does not help that Andy has access to the company’s credit card and can literally polish off all brands with ease. Unable to accustom herself to the servile nature of the job, with aggravating personal relationships that are suffering more with each passing day, Andy bears it all just to be able to make it to The New Yorker.
But how long will she bear it before it snaps? Certain parts are predictable but that does not make it any less entertaining. Go read this if you enjoy this story line.
What have you all been reading lately? Looking at all the books does make one thankful to life, right? There is so much to catch upon. Phew! 🙂