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Most Popular Reviews - 2019


     Here are the reviews that attracted the most interest at the complete review in 2018, first the top 50 for the year and then the top 15 each month of the year.

2019

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo
  2. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal
  3. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek
  4. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat
  5. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat
  6. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy
  7. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand
  8. Basti, Intizar Husain
  9. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat
  10. Goat Days, Benyamin
  11. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
  12. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa
  13. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo
  14. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
  15. A Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka
  16. Soledad's Sister, Jose Dalisay
  17. One night @ the call center, Chetan Bhagat
  18. Labyrinths, Christopher Okigbo
  19. Pather Panchali, Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay
  20. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, Neal Stephenson
  21. The Legends of Khasak, O.V.Vijayan
  22. The Lamp of Umm Hashim, Yahya Hakki
  23. Wasting Time on the Internet, Kenneth Goldsmith
  24. Bharathipura, U.R.Ananthamurthy
  25. So Long a Letter, Mariama Bâ
  26. Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, Georges Perec
  27. Killing Time in a Warm Place, Jose Dalisay
  28. Quicksand, Malin Persson Giolito
  29. Ambiguous Adventure, Cheikh Hamidou Kane
  30. The 120 Days of Sodom, the Marquis de Sade
  31. Without a Name, Yvonne Vera
  32. Veronica My Daughter, Ogali Ogali
  33. Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda
  34. The Cloud-Messenger, Kalidasa
  35. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson
  36. Krishnakanta's Will, Bankim-Chandra Chatterjee
  37. Cronopios and Famas, Julio Cortázar
  38. Women without Men, Shahrnush Parsipur
  39. Two Thousand Seasons, Ayi Kwei Armah
  40. Voss, Patrick White
  41. The Journey of Ibn Fattouma, Naguib Mahfouz
  42. Yoruba Proverbs, Oyekan Owomoyela
  43. Chaka, Thomas Mofolo
  44. Machines Like Me, Ian McEwan
  45. Life & Times of Michael K, J.M.Coetzee
  46. River of Fire, Qurratulain Hyder
  47. Sofia Petrovna, Lydia Chukovskaya
  48. A Man's Place, Annie Ernaux
  49. Butter Chicken in Ludhiana, Pankaj Mishra
  50. Voices from Chernobyl, Svetlana Aleksievich

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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, 2019

- Reviews -

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (2)
  2. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (1)
  3. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (3)
  4. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (5)
  5. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (4)
  6. The 120 Days of Sodom, the Marquis de Sade (47)
  7. Basti, Intizar Husain (11)
  8. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (6)
  9. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (9)
  10. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (10)
  11. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (17)
  12. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (7)
  13. The Invented Part, Rodrigo Fresán (n.a.)
  14. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (8)
  15. Cronopios and Famas, Julio Cortázar (48)

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November, 2019

  1. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (2)
  2. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  3. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (3)
  4. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (4)
  5. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (21)
  6. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (8)
  7. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (5)
  8. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (16)
  9. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (9)
  10. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (7)
  11. Basti, Intizar Husain (59)
  12. Goat Days, Benyamin (25)
  13. Soledad's Sister, Jose Dalisay (10)
  14. The Great Fall, Peter Handke (n.a.)
  15. Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka (11)

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October, 2019

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (4)
  3. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (5)
  4. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  5. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (3)
  6. Wasting Time on the Internet, Kenneth Goldsmith (16)
  7. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (14)
  8. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (11)
  9. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (26)
  10. Soledad's Sister, Jose Dalisay (35)
  11. Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka (39)
  12. Labyrinths, Christopher Okigbo (15)
  13. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo (22)
  14. To Each His Own, Leonardo Sciascia (-)
  15. Till Day You Do Part, Peter Handke (n.a.)

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September, 2019

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  3. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (26)
  4. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (4)
  5. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (3)
  6. The Lamp of Umm Hashim, Yahya Hakki (-)
  7. Serotonin, Michel Houellebecq (n.a.)
  8. This I Believe, Carlos Fuentes (35)
  9. Goat Days, Benyamin (11)
  10. Welcome to America, Linda Boström Knausgård (n.a.)
  11. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (7)
  12. Berta Isla, Javier Marías (n.a.)
  13. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (5)
  14. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (9)
  15. Labyrinths, Christopher Okigbo (36)

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August, 2019

  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. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (6)
  5. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (13)
  6. Soledad's Sister, Jose Dalisay (20)
  7. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (5)
  8. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, Neal Stephenson (3)
  9. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (9)
  10. Killing Time in a Warm Place, Jose Dalisay (23)
  11. Goat Days, Benyamin (8)
  12. C'est la Vie, Pascal Garnier (n.a.)
  13. Wizard of the Crow, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (83)
  14. Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka (7)
  15. Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, Hilary Mantel (-)

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July, 2019

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (4)
  3. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, Neal Stephenson (2)
  4. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (3)
  5. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (13)
  6. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (30)
  7. Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka (9)
  8. Goat Days, Benyamin (40)
  9. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (16)
  10. Three Summers, Margarita Liberaki (n.a.)
  11. The Lamp of Umm Hashim, Yahya Hakki (65)
  12. Human Matter, Rodrigo Rey Rosa (n.a.)
  13. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (6)
  14. The Legends of Khasak, O.V.Vijayan (45)
  15. Pather Panchali, Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay (5)

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June, 2019

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (2)
  2. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, Neal Stephenson (23)
  3. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (3)
  4. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (7)
  5. Pather Panchali, Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay (10)
  6. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (6)
  7. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (5)
  8. Veronica My Daughter, Ogali Ogali (19)
  9. Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka (14)
  10. The Solid Mandala, Patrick White (88)
  11. The Book of Collateral Damage, Sinan Antoon (n.a.)
  12. The Memory Police, Ogawa Yoko (n.a.)
  13. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (37)
  14. The Capital, Robert Menasse (n.a.)
  15. Voices from Chernobyl, Svetlana Aleksievich (46)

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May, 2019

  1. Basti, Intizar Husain (4)
  2. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (2)
  3. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (3)
  4. Krishnakanta's Will, Bankim-Chandra Chatterjee (30)
  5. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (6)
  6. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (12)
  7. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (9)
  8. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (8)
  9. Women without Men, Shahrnush Parsipur (-)
  10. Pather Panchali, Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay (48)
  11. Middle England, Jonathan Coe (n.a.)
  12. River of Fire, Qurratulain Hyder (26)
  13. After Tears, Niq Mhlongo (-)
  14. Play of Giants, Wole Soyinka (34)
  15. Castle Gripsholm, Kurt Tucholsky (n.a.)

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April, 2019

  1. Quicksand, Malin Persson Giolito (33)
  2. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (2)
  3. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (3)
  4. Basti, Intizar Husain (10)
  5. Butter Chicken in Ludhiana, Pankaj Mishra (9)
  6. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (6)
  7. Machines Like Me, Ian McEwan (n.a.)
  8. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (1)
  9. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (5)
  10. The Cry of Winnie Mandela, Njabulo S. Ndebele (67)
  11. Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo (16)
  12. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (12)
  13. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (4)
  14. Mac's Problem, Enrique Vila-Matas (n.a.)
  15. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (13)

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March, 2019

  1. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (4)
  2. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (3)
  3. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (5)
  4. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (1)
  5. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  6. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (10)
  7. Goat Days, Benyamin (7)
  8. Decolonising the Mind, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (16)
  9. Butter Chicken in Ludhiana, Pankaj Mishra (-)
  10. Basti, Intizar Husain (19)
  11. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (13)
  12. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (11)
  13. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (9)
  14. Sanshirō, Natsume Sōseki (-)
  15. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (15)

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February, 2019

  1. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (2)
  2. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (3)
  3. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  4. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (5)
  5. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (4)
  6. Without a Name, Yvonne Vera (14)
  7. Goat Days, Benyamin (8)
  8. The Spirit of Science Fiction, Roberto Bolaño (n.a.)
  9. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (7)
  10. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (6)
  11. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (15)
  12. Waves, Eduard von Keyserling (n.a.)
  13. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (12)
  14. One night @ the call center, Chetan Bhagat (13)
  15. Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Kalidasa (81)

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January, 2019

  1. The Dilemma of a Ghost, Ama Ata Aidoo (1)
  2. Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat (5)
  3. The Three Mistakes of my Life, Chetan Bhagat (4)
  4. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol, Okot p'Bitek (7)
  5. El Filibusterismo, José Rizal (6)
  6. Samskara, U.R.Ananthamurthy (3)
  7. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (9)
  8. Goat Days, Benyamin (2)
  9. Basti, Intizar Husain (10)
  10. A German Officer in Occupied Paris, Ernst Jünger (n.a.)
  11. The Fetishists, Ibrahim al-Koni (n.a.)
  12. Revolution 2020, Chetan Bhagat (14)
  13. One night @ the call center, Chetan Bhagat (16)
  14. Without a Name, Yvonne Vera (-)
  15. The Gift of a Cow, Premchand (11)

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