Explore the world of words

Category: Book Review Page 1 of 2

ENOLA HOLMES

DIRECTOR: Harry Bradbeer

PRODUCER: Millie Bobby Brown

ACTORS: Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge, Susie Wokoma and Helena Bonham Carter

GENRE: Mystery

“Now, where to begin?”

Enola Holmes is a Netflix original based on the novel of the same name by Nancy Springer. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the distribution rights of the film which were originally devised to be given to Warner Bros. were given to Netflix. 

Enola Holmes is the rebellious teen sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes. Set in the Victorian era, the movie gives an insight into the life of a recalcitrant adolescent who finds it difficult to spend her life under the care of her brother Mycroft when she is abandoned by her wild spirited mother. All her life, Enola has thrived to be just like her mother who had taught her daughter to be different from the rest of the ladies of the time. Instead of teaching embroidery, knitting, or other lady-like activities, Eudoria Holmes taught her ward science and everything from chess to jujutsu. 

Realizing Enola cannot allow herself to go to the ‘finishing school’, she absconds to find her mother in London. En route, she gains acquaintance with a peculiar runaway young lord, Viscount Lord Twekesbury the Marquess of Basil Weather. Twekesbury himself is on a run from his family. Although both escapees part ways after Enola saves Twekesbury’s life, it seems their fate is entangled to vouchsafe a bigger mystery that could change the future of burgeoning England.

The conversation with her elders makes the movie intriguing and enjoyable. Enola is unlike the other women from her time; she does not adorn herself with fancy gowns, gloves, or hats. She comes off as an unruly girl to her eldest brother. While Sherlock seems to appreciate the sharp-minded girl, Mycroft is astonished by her uncouth personality. He blames their mother for her unacceptable upbringing. Therefore he calls on the headmistress of a finishing school to groom his youngest sibling. Mycroft and Enola never seem to agree on anything and they both seek Sherlock’s support for their stand to which Sherlock replies in his deductive manner. Enola’s creative and ludicrous caricatures of Mycroft are gently insulting and hugely comical.

However, the scenes between Sherlock and Enola are the most riveting. They both are of the same mettle and Sherlock seems to recognize that. Enola Holmes is as much a sleuth as her elder brother; she even solves a case before him! The normal indifferent character of Sherlock seems to soften when his sister disappears. Although he does not incline to find his mother he does work on finding the whereabouts of his younger sibling. He helps her on her path to finding herself too.

Brown does a splendid job in doing justice to the character of Enola Holmes. The aside conversation of the young protagonist with the audience makes the movie a unique and exciting watch. You will find yourself eye-rolling with the heroine as she descends more into her jocular and mildly perilous adventure.

 It is fast-paced and entertaining, amusing but still makes a strong political point. There is a subtlety of feminism and other reforming affairs but they do not form the main theme of the movie.

LOOKING FOR ALASKA

One’s high school years are a collection of instances in life that focus on self-image, relationships, beliefs, fears, triumphs, loves stories and everything that is you. John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, captures those feelings with honesty and heart. 

THE PILGRIMAGE

‘The ship is safest when it is in port but that is not what ships were built for’

With the bestselling philosophical and a phenomenal work of art THE ALCHEMIST, PAULO COELHO yet again brings into light a brilliant account of his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela with a quest to discover the ancient wisdom. 

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

‘OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN WITH THEM BEFORE THEY CLOSE FOREVER’

Some consider this book a work of fiction , others a bittersweet reality of life for some it’s a pearl of a story set in the vintage but for some a book to live an era again. All the light we cannot see is not just the fiction book which won the Pulitzer Prize of 2015, it’s a book form where one can derive all the strength and hopefulness and re- live moments and life with it again.

AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED

Khaled Hosseini’s novel, “And the Mountains Echoed,” may have an unusual title, but it is his most assured and emotionally gripping story. He knows how to get hold of his readers with intense emotions. This story of a brother and sister, Abdullah and Pari, who are children of a broke day labourer surely get tears rolling down our eyes. 

AMERICAN SPY

This drama is set in between New York and Africa and mind you it is not the usual thriller that one comes across! There is a mix of drama, suspense, romance and what not. This novel is all that mystery lovers need for a lazy Sunday morning. Towards the end of this novel, you’ll find answers to a lot of questions: How does the brain overpower the heart to carry out something you don’t like to? Why are emotions sacrificed in the line of duty? Does duty hold a better place than love or feelings? Is love worth the betrayal? 

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”

Khaled  Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist, whose books are based in Afghanistan and its regime in the 19th century. After melting our hearts with his debut The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini published his second novel in 2007, A Thousand Splendid Suns. People had very high expectations and Khaled Hosseini didn’t let anyone down. Rather he won hearts, not thousands but millions.

THE SILENT PATIENT

The Silent Patient  by Alex Michaelides was first published on 5th February 2019.There are two covers for the book. In one there are two chairs kept at a distance . The words”Only she knows what happened” and”Only I can make her speak” are written on the cover which convey a cryptic message.Another cover includes a blurred image of a woman and a part of page is torn which seemingly conveys the title The Silent Patient

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU

Celeste Ng’s debut novel, “Everything I Never Told You,” is a literary thriller that begins with three words, blunt enough to send a chill down your spine. Celeste writes in the very first sentence  “Lydia is dead”. She makes it clear that the mystery for the reader is not whether Lydia is still alive or where she’s gone but unravelling the story which led to Lydia walking down that path and finally deciding it was time to let go.

GOD NEVER PLAY DICE

In this provocative book “God never play dice”, David A. Shiang claims to offer final answers to many of humankind’s most enduring mysteries, including the free will problem and the nature-nurture controversy. He argues that Einstein was right in rejecting quantum theory, and he shows that physicists such as Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene are wrong in saying that there’s evidence which shows nature is probabilistic. Darwin in his theory of evolution states that “natural selection is neither Scientific nor supernatural”.

THE BOOK THIEF

The Book Thief is a superbly crafted historic fiction novel by Markus Zusak, that explores the life of a girl named Liesel. It is an international bestseller and has been translated into many different languages.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

Author: Stephen Chboksy

Everyone has a different story in high school. Everyone travels through this unchartered territory of high school, dealing with first dates, family drama and new friendships in their way. There are so many books based on the same theme and plot even then Stephen Chbosky manages to stand out amongst the pile. Banned in many schools and libraries, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘ portrays a bold and sensitive story about a boy who feels too much for his age and is trying to fit in.

KEEPERS OF THE KALACHAKRA

Author: Ashwin Sanghi

About the book:

Keepers of the Kalachakra is one of the very few of its kind that has a brimming plot intertwined with genres ranging from science-fiction to history to mythology and each has a fair share of itself in the overall plot.

DELHI IS NOT FAR

Author: Ruskin Bond

Having a typical Ruskin Bond setting, the story portrays a small sedated, fictional town of Pipalnagar. Life in this town is so monotonous and uninteresting, that even the dreams here are very small! Some of the residents of this sleepy town aspire to move to Delhi, in order to give some meaning to their life. The story is a narrative on these ambitious dreamers and revolves around them and their mottos to leave Pipalnagar behind.

MY JOURNEY: TRANSFORMING DREAMS INTO ACTIONS

Author: Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

The Missile Man of India‘ hit the shelves with his last self-written book before vanishing into oblivion. Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the 12th president of India’s journey is compiled into the pages of his autobiography, ‘My journey’.

The book consists of small separate chapters clubbed together to form the igneous tale of India’s most successful man. Beginning his life from being the local newspaper boy serving in the small town of Rameswaram, Avul rose to become Kalam, India’s prominent Rocket Scientist and President.

Page 1 of 2