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War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865
James M. McPherson
Progress: 70/277 pages
The British and the Vietnam War: Their Way with LBJ
Nicholas Tarling
Martin Luther: His Road to Reformation 1483-1521
Martin Brecht
Progress: 236/543 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 304 out of 304 pages.

Selection Day: A Novel - Aravind Adiga

I just finished this book, and I'm still uncertain as to how I feel about it. Much of it was fantastic: the descriptions of life in Bombay/Mumbai, the characterization, the coming-of-age of two rural boys who are facing decisions that will shape the rest of their lives and slowly realizing for the first time that they rather than the people around them have the final say in who they become. And yet it's all anchored to a plot that is annoyingly formulaic in its construction. Perhaps this is unfair, but I expected something a bit more imaginative from a Man Booker winner.