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Most Popular Reviews - 2017


     Here are the reviews that attracted the most interest at the complete review in 2017, first the top 50 for the year and then the top 15 each month of the year.

2017

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo
  2. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat
  3. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal
  4. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy
  5. The Snowman, Jo Nesbø
  6. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek
  7. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
  8. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat
  9. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
  10. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand
  11. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa
  12. Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda
  13. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo
  14. Labyrinths, Christopher Okigbo
  15. Matigari, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
  16. One night @ the call center, Chetan Bhagat
  17. A Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka
  18. Ambiguous Adventure, Cheikh Hamidou Kane
  19. The Legends of Khasak, O.V.Vijayan
  20. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat
  21. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
  22. Spies, Michael Frayn
  23. Two Thousand Seasons, Ayi Kwei Armah
  24. Pather Panchali, Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay
  25. The Story of the Stone, Cao Xueqin
  26. Voss, Patrick White
  27. Abhijnanasakuntalam, Kalidasa
  28. Soledad's Sister, Jose Dalisay
  29. So Long a Letter, Mariama Bâ
  30. How Democratic Is the American Constitution ?, Robert A. Dahl
  31. Bharathipura, U.R.Ananthamurthy
  32. Signs Preceding the End of the World, Yuri Herrera
  33. The Suns of Independence, Ahmadou Kourouma
  34. River of Fire, Qurratulain Hyder
  35. Thousand Cranes, Kawabata Yasunari
  36. Atonement, Ian McEwan
  37. Snow, Orhan Pamuk
  38. The Assault, Harry Mulisch
  39. This I Believe, Carlos Fuentes
  40. Q & A (also published as: Slumdog Millionaire), Vikas Swarup
  41. The Lamp of Umm Hashim, Yahya Hakki
  42. The Rainbow Troops, Andrea Hirata
  43. The Anatomy of Melancholy, Robert Burton
  44. The Solid Mandala, Patrick White
  45. Yoruba Proverbs, Oyekan Owomoyela
  46. The Belly of the Atlantic, Fatou Diome
  47. Our Sister Killjoy, Ama Ata Aidoo
  48. Killing Time in a Warm Place, Jose Dalisay
  49. The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett
  50. The Cloud-Messenger, Kalidasa

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      Previous month's position given in brackets.
      Not applicable ("n.a.") indicates book is new.
      "-" indicates book was not among top 50 reviews.

December, 2017

  1. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  2. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  3. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (3)
  4. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (5)
  5. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (4)
  6. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (13)
  7. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (8)
  8. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (11)
  9. The Years, Annie Ernaux (n.a.)
  10. Fireflies in the Mist, Qurratulain Hyder (52)
  11. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (17)
  12. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (14)
  13. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (16)
  14. The Solid Mandala, Patrick White (-)
  15. Dandelions, Kawabata Yasunari (n.a.)

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November, 2017

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (2)
  2. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (4)
  3. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (10)
  4. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (6)
  5. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (5)
  6. Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda (3)
  7. Signs Preceding the End of the World, Yuri Herrera (8)
  8. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (12)
  9. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo (15)
  10. theMystery.doc, Matthew McIntosh (n.a.)
  11. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (13)
  12. The Belly of the Atlantic, Fatou Diome (80)
  13. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (14)
  14. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (7)
  15. Ambiguous Adventure, Cheikh Hamidou Kane (18)

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October, 2017

  1. The Snowman, Jo Nesbø (2)
  2. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  3. Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda (9)
  4. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (3)
  5. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (6)
  6. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (10)
  7. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (5)
  8. Signs Preceding the End of the World, Yuri Herrera (30)
  9. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (16)
  10. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (8)
  11. The Man Who Came in from the Back of Beyond, 'Biyi Bandele-Thomas (82)
  12. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (7)
  13. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (17)
  14. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (15)
  15. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo (18)

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September, 2017

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. The Snowman, Jo Nesbø (3)
  3. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  4. This I Believe, Carlos Fuentes (18)
  5. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (10)
  6. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (5)
  7. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (46)
  8. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (11)
  9. Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda (19)
  10. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (38)
  11. Sundays in August, Patrick Modiano (n.a.)
  12. Belladonna, Daša Drndić (n.a.)
  13. How Democratic Is the American Constitution ?, Robert A. Dahl (62)
  14. Such Small Hands, Andrés Barba (n.a.)
  15. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (15)

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August, 2017

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (2)
  2. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (3)
  3. The Snowman, Jo Nesbø (1)
  4. The Magus, John Fowles (n.a.)
  5. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (7)
  6. The Part of Me That Isnít Broken Inside, Shiraishi Kazufumi (n.a.)
  7. Black Diamond, Zakes Mda (-)
  8. A Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka (4)
  9. The Stone Virgins, Yvonne Vera (-)
  10. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (5)
  11. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (6)
  12. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn (47)
  13. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (10)
  14. Labyrinths, Christopher Okigbo (14)
  15. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (17)

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July, 2017

  1. The Snowman, Jo Nesbø (-)
  2. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  3. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  4. A Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka (12)
  5. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (25)
  6. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (4)
  7. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (3)
  8. The Zoo, Christopher Wilson (n.a.)
  9. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (7)
  10. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (8)
  11. Island of Point Nemo, Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès (n.a.)
  12. Spring Garden, Shibasaki Tomoka (n.a.)
  13. Remains of Life, Wu He (n.a.)
  14. Labyrinths, Christopher Okigbo (5)
  15. Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda (17)

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June, 2017

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  3. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (4)
  4. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (3)
  5. Labyrinths, Christopher Okigbo (19)
  6. Nairobi Heat, Mukoma wa Ngugi (-)
  7. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (7)
  8. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (12)
  9. The Solid Mandala, Patrick White (62)
  10. The Parthenon Bomber, Christos Chrissopoulos (n.a.)
  11. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (11)
  12. A Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka (41)
  13. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (47)
  14. The Story of the Madman, Mongo Beti (90)
  15. Number 11, Jonathan Coe (n.a.)

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May, 2017

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  3. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (3)
  4. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (4)
  5. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (5)
  6. The Seventh Function of Language, Laurent Binet (n.a.)
  7. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (14)
  8. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (13)
  9. Matigari, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (8)
  10. Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda (83)
  11. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (6)
  12. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (11)
  13. River of Fire, Qurratulain Hyder (49)
  14. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo (12)
  15. Krishnakanta's Will, Bankim-Chandra Chatterjee (-)

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April, 2017

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (3)
  3. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (5)
  4. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (7)
  5. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (4)
  6. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (8)
  7. Radiant Terminus, Antoine Volodine (n.a.)
  8. Matigari, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (13)
  9. Two Thousand Seasons, Ayi Kwei Armah (28)
  10. Ambiguous Adventure, Cheikh Hamidou Kane (21)
  11. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (6)
  12. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo (10)
  13. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (2)
  14. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (14)
  15. Compass, Mathias Énard (9)

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March, 2017

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (2)
  3. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (3)
  4. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (8)
  5. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (6)
  6. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (4)
  7. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (7)
  8. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (10)
  9. Compass, Mathias Énard (n.a.)
  10. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo (5)
  11. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (14)
  12. The Kingdom, Emmanuel Carrère (n.a.)
  13. Matigari, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (16)
  14. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (11)
  15. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga (20)

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February, 2017

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (3)
  3. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  4. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (5)
  5. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo (12)
  6. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (4)
  7. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (10)
  8. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (9)
  9. Two Thousand Seasons, Ayi Kwei Armah (37)
  10. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (7)
  11. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (6)
  12. One night @ the call center, Chetan Bhagat (11)
  13. Spies, Michael Frayn (8)
  14. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (32)
  15. The Story of the Stone, Cao Xueqin (27)

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January, 2017

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  3. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (11)
  4. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (5)
  5. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (3)
  6. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (10)
  7. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (8)
  8. Spies, Michael Frayn (27)
  9. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (4)
  10. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (6)
  11. One night @ the call center, Chetan Bhagat (21)
  12. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo (15)
  13. The Evenings, Gerard Reve (12)
  14. A Cup of Rage, Raduan Nassar (n.a.)
  15. The Legends of Khasak, O.V.Vijayan (42)

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