A New Love

I have a new man in my life.

His name is Tom Holt, he's British and he seems to have a fairly decent sense of humour. I had run across Mr. Holt a few times in the past, but I got to know him more personally only this Saturday.

I was on the verge of going out of my mind at that point. Crossword seems to only stock books filled with tragic tales of woe. Comedy does not deserve a Pulitzer, apparently. The Nobel Prize can only go to those who revel in sorrow. Laughter does not merit a Man Booker*.

So there I was, going frantically from bookshelf to bookshelf in search of something that would stop me from reading the Zadie Smith I'd borrowed (it's called White Teeth, opens on a suicide attempt by the protagonist and talks about his failed marriage and subsequent divorce within the first 20 pages). I desperately wanted to summon the Lemon Law, but for that I needed something to fall back on. And while I briefly considered Rushdie's Ground Beneath Her Feet, it was only a passing attraction - Salman is good and all, but I'd quickly dump him for someone funnier. Like Terry Pratchett - but he hasn't written anything since Wintersmith.

Thankfully, Mr. Holt came to my rescue with The Portable Door. It has a very intriguing plot summary on the back page, a very entertaining introduction of the author on the front and a first page that didn't make me feel suicidal.

I think this might just be the beginning of a beautiful romance.

*Isn't it odd how NO comic writing has been awarded by the Big Boys of Literature? I'd have thought that making people laugh is more deserving of a Nobel Prize than say, making people cry and getting the writer death threats from religious fanatics. But then, that's just me. I say strange things all the time.


technomerlin said…
this sure is tehe quickest "ask and get coffee" ever ;)

I had a copy of a Tom Holt omnibus. You should read the piece - "Who's afraid of Beowulf"

Stranger things have been said!
Veda said…
Hey, anything to turn the demand-and-supply law on it's head!
Rohit Talwar said…
Jeez, I never noticed it! I am in full agreement there - comedy is tougher and seriously not everyone's arena. One could make a list of those trying hard in their writing.. Anyway.

I have heard a lot about 'Wish you were here' by Holt. I'll wait for you to tell me how the one you picked was, so I can pick some of his stuff.
By the way, are you a Potter fan?
Veda said…
Yes, but of the books. I think the movies are a bit lame (though the last part of The Goblet of Fire was very well done).
Rohit Talwar said…
Same here! But the latest movie? I thought it was still better than the rest. Appropriately dark, too, in a way.
Anonymous said…
Zadie Smith is awesome. Much awesomer than Holt.
Veda said…
That's like saying Robin Cook is better than Tolkien. You can't compare writing across genres.
SPIRITed! said…
Life of Pi won a Man Booker, and it was hilarious! Give it a try if you haven't done so already.

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