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Pay attention. That might be the theme to this week’s recommended titles, if we had to pick one. (We don’t, really. But we enjoy the challenge, so what the heck: The value of sustained attention it is.) Attention is expressly the subject of Uwe Johnson’s vast diaristic novel “Anniversaries,” as Parul Sehgal notes in her impressed and impressive review. I haven’t read Johnson’s book yet; I’m still stalled out in the Nighttown section of “Ulysses,” so in my side reading lately I tend to favor digestible chunks of essays or stories. But I’ve heard good things about it for months, and Parul’s review convinces me I should add it to my list. You should, too. You can start right away, if you’re not reading “Ulysses.”

Sustained attention is also at the core of three essay collections this week, at least implicitly: Elisa Gabbert’s “The Word Pretty,” Ingrid Sischy’s “Nothing Is Lost” and John McPhee’s “The Patch,” all of which highlight their authors’ knack for observation and reflection. Helen Schulman’s novel “Come With Me” is a bright techno-dystopian family story about the seductions of virtual reality, with an inherent warning to stop taking nonvirtual reality for granted. And Richard Beard’s memoir, “The Day That Went Missing,” becomes an extended homage to the act of attention, as he tries to uncover the details of his younger brother’s death on a family vacation years before. Finally, there’s a biography of the architect Philip Johnson and a horror-thriller hybrid from the suspense writer M. R. Carey. Thank you for your attention.

Gregory Cowles
Senior Editor, Books

ANNIVERSARIES: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl: Volumes 1 and 2, by Uwe Johnson. Translated by Damion Searls. (New York Review Books, $39.95.) Johnson’s nearly 1,700-page masterpiece was originally published in Germany, in four volumes between 1970 and 1983. It has now been translated into English in full, for the first time. The novel takes the form of a yearlong diary, covering parts of 1967 and 1968, by the enigmatic, rather brilliant Gesine Cresspahl, born in Germany the year Hitler came to power. She lives in New York City with her small daughter, Marie. Gesine is haunted — by her family’s embrace of Nazism, her mother’s suicide, the death of her daughter’s father. “‘Anniversaries’ is not difficult reading, but it is painstaking,” our critic Parul Sehgal writes. “The story is tangled, the characters traumatized and suspicious of language. It requires a hard chair, a fresh pen and your full attention — for attention is its great subject.”

THE WORD PRETTY, by Elisa Gabbert. (Black Ocean, $18.95.) In this collection of brief essays, Gabbert, who is also a poet, draws inspiration for her musings from subjects like group selfies and the psychology of dreams and YouTube videos “designed specifically to make people cry.” But more than half of the book is explicitly devoted to books themselves; to life as both a purposeful and a serendipitous reader. “The casualness of this collection is one of its attractions,” our reviewer John Williams writes. “It doesn’t strain after anything. It doesn’t have airs; and if it could speak, it would likely charmingly admit to its own imperfections. A mixture of depth and diversion, it makes you wish that, like a reliable band, Gabbert might publish a similar slender volume every year or two.”

COME WITH ME, by Helen Schulman. (Harper/HarperCollins, $26.99.) In Schulman’s latest novel, a Silicon Valley family’s bonds are frayed by infidelities both virtual and actual, thanks to a start-up technology that allows “visits” to the lives that might have been. In her review, Sarah Lyall calls the book “smart, timely and highly entertaining.”

THE MAN IN THE GLASS HOUSE: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century, by Mark Lamster. (Little, Brown, $35.) Lamster suggests Johnson’s real mark on 20th-century architecture came less as a practitioner than as a mentor. He also recounts darker episodes like Johnson’s infatuation with the Nazis in the 1930s. “The most interesting thing about him was not the buildings he designed,” Paul Goldberger writes, reviewing the biography. “The qualities that make him, and this book, fascinating are his nimble intelligence, his restlessness, his energy, his anxieties, his ambitions and his passions, all of which were channeled into the making of a few pieces of architecture that will stand the test of time, and many others that will not.”

THE PATCH, by John McPhee. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) McPhee’s seventh collection of essays probes landscapes from New Jersey to Alaska and profiles a vast cast of characters, from Joan Baez to Thomas Wolfe. It’s the latest chapter in an ongoing memoir of his irresistible compulsions. McPhee writes sentences “so energetic and structurally sound,” Craig Taylor writes in his review, “that he can introduce apparently unappealing subjects, even ones that look to be encased in a cruddy veneer of boringness, and persuade us to care about them. … McPhee finds surprising poetry in the material at hand.”

NOTHING IS LOST: Selected Essays, by Ingrid Sischy. Edited by Sandra Brant. (Knopf, $40.) Sischy, who died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 63, had a dazzling career as the editor of Artforum and Interview and as a contributor to The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. This collection gathers her cutting-edge reports on the art and artifice of American life. “She shows us the glitz of that epoch of celebrity culture as well as the serious, thoughtful concerns of its cutting-edge painters and designers; at her best, she enters both domains through her stylish meditations on such figures as Jeff Koons, Robert Mapplethorpe and John Galliano,” our reviewer, Edmund White, writes. “Sischy’s genius was that she took philosophy lightly and fashion seriously.”

THE DAY THAT WENT MISSING, by Richard Beard. (Little, Brown, $27.) Beard, a British novelist, here launches an inquest into his own past, trying to remember what happened decades ago when his little brother, Nicky, drowned beside him on a Cornish holiday, only to vanish eerily from the family story. “This is a story of a man trying to feel and succeeding, we hope, in the end,” Lisa Brennan-Jobs writes in her review. “If the beginning is dense with theory and fact gathering, the later part of the book swells with meaning and revelation. Beard cops to his own guilt and sadness and the memories themselves, after much research and focus, become lush and full.”


At once engaging and cleverly creative, Ricardo Alexanders' Bollywood Invasion enrapts readers with a fun and fantastical coming of age story, set in a well posed merging of reality and fiction which surpasses the reaches of time and continents.

Instantly the story draws you in, as initially, we meet John Palmieri living in modern times in Brooklyn; he's a nerd and Beatles lover in high school and unsatisfied with his lower middle class existence. Things start with him in the throes of a dream, once again being bested by his arch-enemy Frank Castellano. He loathes Frank, who seems to have so much more than John; smarter mouth, bigger house, more friends, better stuff, including, the attention of the girl he secretly loves -Samantha.

The real adventure begins when fate crashes into his life, via an accident, knocking John unconscious. When John awakes, he finds himself in a parallel existence, where he has been transported back in time to late 1950's, India. He wakes up as eighteen year old Raj Scindia, a prince in the Indian royal family. Naturally, he's initially confused by his sudden transportation to a completely foreign life and culture with many humorous moments ensuing as he tries to wrap his head around what has happened to him.

Meanwhile, as John acclimates to his new life, he realizes he suddenly has the life he has always dreamed of, a life which now includes money, wealth, eager women and extensive privileges. However, as well as being rich and privileged, the prince whose life John has taken over, also includes several unexpected issues such as being engaged to a young lady through pre-arranged marriage, having the reputation of being a spoiled, adulterous scamp, as well as being a second year student in a mechanical engineering college. Ultimately, deciding to make the best of his new circumstances, John plays his privileged new life to the hilt; he fakes being psychic and parties not really taking his new life too seriously until he meets the best friend of his promised fiance, Ankita and falls instantly head over heels for her which within his new culture gives rise to many issues. While looking for ways to win her over, John forays into the world of music by joining a local band and uses his extensive knowledge of Beatles songs to propel his group "The Beetos" to "Beatles" status making him and his group rock stars, thusly creating a parallel universe with the Bollywood version of the Beatles. Consequently, their new found fame comes with unexpected repercussions, as the story progresses with scenarios that parallel events that really happened with the famed Beatles.

Definitively, Bollywood Invasion proffers readers a compelling read that entertains the imagination with a unforgettable journey into adulthood. This was a winning combination with its twisted melding of Beatlemania, romance, drama, humor, fantasy elements, and intriguing characters, especially Raj/John who seems to a loosely posed reincarnation of John Lennon. This would make a worthwhile read for fans of fantasy or YA reads.



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At once engaging and cleverly creative, Ricardo Alexanders' Bollywood Invasion enrapts readers with a fun and fantastical coming of age story, set in a well posed merging of reality and fiction which surpasses the reaches of time and continents.

Instantly the story draws you in, as initially, we meet John Palmieri living in modern times in Brooklyn; he's a nerd and Beatles lover in high school and unsatisfied with his lower middle class existence. Things start with him in the throes of a dream, once again being bested by his arch-enemy Frank Castellano. He loathes Frank, who seems to have so much more than John; smarter mouth, bigger house, more friends, better stuff, including, the attention of the girl he secretly loves -Samantha.

The real adventure begins when fate crashes into his life, via an accident, knocking John unconscious. When John awakes, he finds himself in a parallel existence, where he has been transported back in time to late 1950's, India. He wakes up as eighteen year old Raj Scindia, a prince in the Indian royal family. Naturally, he's initially confused by his sudden transportation to a completely foreign life and culture with many humorous moments ensuing as he tries to wrap his head around what has happened to him.

Meanwhile, as John acclimates to his new life, he realizes he suddenly has the life he has always dreamed of, a life which now includes money, wealth, eager women and extensive privileges. However, as well as being rich and privileged, the prince whose life John has taken over, also includes several unexpected issues such as being engaged to a young lady through pre-arranged marriage, having the reputation of being a spoiled, adulterous scamp, as well as being a second year student in a mechanical engineering college. Ultimately, deciding to make the best of his new circumstances, John plays his privileged new life to the hilt; he fakes being psychic and parties not really taking his new life too seriously until he meets the best friend of his promised fiance, Ankita and falls instantly head over heels for her which within his new culture gives rise to many issues. While looking for ways to win her over, John forays into the world of music by joining a local band and uses his extensive knowledge of Beatles songs to propel his group "The Beetos" to "Beatles" status making him and his group rock stars, thusly creating a parallel universe with the Bollywood version of the Beatles. Consequently, their new found fame comes with unexpected repercussions, as the story progresses with scenarios that parallel events that really happened with the famed Beatles.

Definitively, Bollywood Invasion proffers readers a compelling read that entertains the imagination with a unforgettable journey into adulthood. This was a winning combination with its twisted melding of Beatlemania, romance, drama, humor, fantasy elements, and intriguing characters, especially Raj/John who seems to a loosely posed reincarnation of John Lennon. This would make a worthwhile read for fans of fantasy or YA reads.



Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9995369

At once engaging and cleverly creative, Ricardo Alexanders' Bollywood Invasion enrapts readers with a fun and fantastical coming of age story, set in a well posed merging of reality and fiction which surpasses the reaches of time and continents.

Instantly the story draws you in, as initially, we meet John Palmieri living in modern times in Brooklyn; he's a nerd and Beatles lover in high school and unsatisfied with his lower middle class existence. Things start with him in the throes of a dream, once again being bested by his arch-enemy Frank Castellano. He loathes Frank, who seems to have so much more than John; smarter mouth, bigger house, more friends, better stuff, including, the attention of the girl he secretly loves -Samantha.

The real adventure begins when fate crashes into his life, via an accident, knocking John unconscious. When John awakes, he finds himself in a parallel existence, where he has been transported back in time to late 1950's, India. He wakes up as eighteen year old Raj Scindia, a prince in the Indian royal family. Naturally, he's initially confused by his sudden transportation to a completely foreign life and culture with many humorous moments ensuing as he tries to wrap his head around what has happened to him.

Meanwhile, as John acclimates to his new life, he realizes he suddenly has the life he has always dreamed of, a life which now includes money, wealth, eager women and extensive privileges. However, as well as being rich and privileged, the prince whose life John has taken over, also includes several unexpected issues such as being engaged to a young lady through pre-arranged marriage, having the reputation of being a spoiled, adulterous scamp, as well as being a second year student in a mechanical engineering college. Ultimately, deciding to make the best of his new circumstances, John plays his privileged new life to the hilt; he fakes being psychic and parties not really taking his new life too seriously until he meets the best friend of his promised fiance, Ankita and falls instantly head over heels for her which within his new culture gives rise to many issues. While looking for ways to win her over, John forays into the world of music by joining a local band and uses his extensive knowledge of Beatles songs to propel his group "The Beetos" to "Beatles" status making him and his group rock stars, thusly creating a parallel universe with the Bollywood version of the Beatles. Consequently, their new found fame comes with unexpected repercussions, as the story progresses with scenarios that parallel events that really happened with the famed Beatles.

Definitively, Bollywood Invasion proffers readers a compelling read that entertains the imagination with a unforgettable journey into adulthood. This was a winning combination with its twisted melding of Beatlemania, romance, drama, humor, fantasy elements, and intriguing characters, especially Raj/John who seems to a loosely posed reincarnation of John Lennon. This would make a worthwhile read for fans of fantasy or YA reads.



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Pay attention. That might be the theme to this week’s recommended titles, if we had to pick one. (We don’t, really. But we enjoy the challenge, so what the heck: The value of sustained attention it is.) Attention is expressly the subject of Uwe Johnson’s vast diaristic novel “Anniversaries,” as Parul Sehgal notes in her impressed and impressive review. I haven’t read Johnson’s book yet; I’m still stalled out in the Nighttown section of “Ulysses,” so in my side reading lately I tend to favor digestible chunks of essays or stories. But I’ve heard good things about it for months, and Parul’s review convinces me I should add it to my list. You should, too. You can start right away, if you’re not reading “Ulysses.”

Sustained attention is also at the core of three essay collections this week, at least implicitly: Elisa Gabbert’s “The Word Pretty,” Ingrid Sischy’s “Nothing Is Lost” and John McPhee’s “The Patch,” all of which highlight their authors’ knack for observation and reflection. Helen Schulman’s novel “Come With Me” is a bright techno-dystopian family story about the seductions of virtual reality, with an inherent warning to stop taking nonvirtual reality for granted. And Richard Beard’s memoir, “The Day That Went Missing,” becomes an extended homage to the act of attention, as he tries to uncover the details of his younger brother’s death on a family vacation years before. Finally, there’s a biography of the architect Philip Johnson and a horror-thriller hybrid from the suspense writer M. R. Carey. Thank you for your attention.

Gregory Cowles
Senior Editor, Books

ANNIVERSARIES: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl: Volumes 1 and 2, by Uwe Johnson. Translated by Damion Searls. (New York Review Books, $39.95.) Johnson’s nearly 1,700-page masterpiece was originally published in Germany, in four volumes between 1970 and 1983. It has now been translated into English in full, for the first time. The novel takes the form of a yearlong diary, covering parts of 1967 and 1968, by the enigmatic, rather brilliant Gesine Cresspahl, born in Germany the year Hitler came to power. She lives in New York City with her small daughter, Marie. Gesine is haunted — by her family’s embrace of Nazism, her mother’s suicide, the death of her daughter’s father. “‘Anniversaries’ is not difficult reading, but it is painstaking,” our critic Parul Sehgal writes. “The story is tangled, the characters traumatized and suspicious of language. It requires a hard chair, a fresh pen and your full attention — for attention is its great subject.”

THE WORD PRETTY, by Elisa Gabbert. (Black Ocean, $18.95.) In this collection of brief essays, Gabbert, who is also a poet, draws inspiration for her musings from subjects like group selfies and the psychology of dreams and YouTube videos “designed specifically to make people cry.” But more than half of the book is explicitly devoted to books themselves; to life as both a purposeful and a serendipitous reader. “The casualness of this collection is one of its attractions,” our reviewer John Williams writes. “It doesn’t strain after anything. It doesn’t have airs; and if it could speak, it would likely charmingly admit to its own imperfections. A mixture of depth and diversion, it makes you wish that, like a reliable band, Gabbert might publish a similar slender volume every year or two.”

COME WITH ME, by Helen Schulman. (Harper/HarperCollins, $26.99.) In Schulman’s latest novel, a Silicon Valley family’s bonds are frayed by infidelities both virtual and actual, thanks to a start-up technology that allows “visits” to the lives that might have been. In her review, Sarah Lyall calls the book “smart, timely and highly entertaining.”

THE MAN IN THE GLASS HOUSE: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century, by Mark Lamster. (Little, Brown, $35.) Lamster suggests Johnson’s real mark on 20th-century architecture came less as a practitioner than as a mentor. He also recounts darker episodes like Johnson’s infatuation with the Nazis in the 1930s. “The most interesting thing about him was not the buildings he designed,” Paul Goldberger writes, reviewing the biography. “The qualities that make him, and this book, fascinating are his nimble intelligence, his restlessness, his energy, his anxieties, his ambitions and his passions, all of which were channeled into the making of a few pieces of architecture that will stand the test of time, and many others that will not.”

THE PATCH, by John McPhee. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) McPhee’s seventh collection of essays probes landscapes from New Jersey to Alaska and profiles a vast cast of characters, from Joan Baez to Thomas Wolfe. It’s the latest chapter in an ongoing memoir of his irresistible compulsions. McPhee writes sentences “so energetic and structurally sound,” Craig Taylor writes in his review, “that he can introduce apparently unappealing subjects, even ones that look to be encased in a cruddy veneer of boringness, and persuade us to care about them. … McPhee finds surprising poetry in the material at hand.”

NOTHING IS LOST: Selected Essays, by Ingrid Sischy. Edited by Sandra Brant. (Knopf, $40.) Sischy, who died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 63, had a dazzling career as the editor of Artforum and Interview and as a contributor to The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. This collection gathers her cutting-edge reports on the art and artifice of American life. “She shows us the glitz of that epoch of celebrity culture as well as the serious, thoughtful concerns of its cutting-edge painters and designers; at her best, she enters both domains through her stylish meditations on such figures as Jeff Koons, Robert Mapplethorpe and John Galliano,” our reviewer, Edmund White, writes. “Sischy’s genius was that she took philosophy lightly and fashion seriously.”

THE DAY THAT WENT MISSING, by Richard Beard. (Little, Brown, $27.) Beard, a British novelist, here launches an inquest into his own past, trying to remember what happened decades ago when his little brother, Nicky, drowned beside him on a Cornish holiday, only to vanish eerily from the family story. “This is a story of a man trying to feel and succeeding, we hope, in the end,” Lisa Brennan-Jobs writes in her review. “If the beginning is dense with theory and fact gathering, the later part of the book swells with meaning and revelation. Beard cops to his own guilt and sadness and the memories themselves, after much research and focus, become lush and full.”


At once engaging and cleverly creative, Ricardo Alexanders' Bollywood Invasion enrapts readers with a fun and fantastical coming of age story, set in a well posed merging of reality and fiction which surpasses the reaches of time and continents.

Instantly the story draws you in, as initially, we meet John Palmieri living in modern times in Brooklyn; he's a nerd and Beatles lover in high school and unsatisfied with his lower middle class existence. Things start with him in the throes of a dream, once again being bested by his arch-enemy Frank Castellano. He loathes Frank, who seems to have so much more than John; smarter mouth, bigger house, more friends, better stuff, including, the attention of the girl he secretly loves -Samantha.

The real adventure begins when fate crashes into his life, via an accident, knocking John unconscious. When John awakes, he finds himself in a parallel existence, where he has been transported back in time to late 1950's, India. He wakes up as eighteen year old Raj Scindia, a prince in the Indian royal family. Naturally, he's initially confused by his sudden transportation to a completely foreign life and culture with many humorous moments ensuing as he tries to wrap his head around what has happened to him.

Meanwhile, as John acclimates to his new life, he realizes he suddenly has the life he has always dreamed of, a life which now includes money, wealth, eager women and extensive privileges. However, as well as being rich and privileged, the prince whose life John has taken over, also includes several unexpected issues such as being engaged to a young lady through pre-arranged marriage, having the reputation of being a spoiled, adulterous scamp, as well as being a second year student in a mechanical engineering college. Ultimately, deciding to make the best of his new circumstances, John plays his privileged new life to the hilt; he fakes being psychic and parties not really taking his new life too seriously until he meets the best friend of his promised fiance, Ankita and falls instantly head over heels for her which within his new culture gives rise to many issues. While looking for ways to win her over, John forays into the world of music by joining a local band and uses his extensive knowledge of Beatles songs to propel his group "The Beetos" to "Beatles" status making him and his group rock stars, thusly creating a parallel universe with the Bollywood version of the Beatles. Consequently, their new found fame comes with unexpected repercussions, as the story progresses with scenarios that parallel events that really happened with the famed Beatles.

Definitively, Bollywood Invasion proffers readers a compelling read that entertains the imagination with a unforgettable journey into adulthood. This was a winning combination with its twisted melding of Beatlemania, romance, drama, humor, fantasy elements, and intriguing characters, especially Raj/John who seems to a loosely posed reincarnation of John Lennon. This would make a worthwhile read for fans of fantasy or YA reads.



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At once engaging and cleverly creative, Ricardo Alexanders' Bollywood Invasion enrapts readers with a fun and fantastical coming of age story, set in a well posed merging of reality and fiction which surpasses the reaches of time and continents.

Instantly the story draws you in, as initially, we meet John Palmieri living in modern times in Brooklyn; he's a nerd and Beatles lover in high school and unsatisfied with his lower middle class existence. Things start with him in the throes of a dream, once again being bested by his arch-enemy Frank Castellano. He loathes Frank, who seems to have so much more than John; smarter mouth, bigger house, more friends, better stuff, including, the attention of the girl he secretly loves -Samantha.

The real adventure begins when fate crashes into his life, via an accident, knocking John unconscious. When John awakes, he finds himself in a parallel existence, where he has been transported back in time to late 1950's, India. He wakes up as eighteen year old Raj Scindia, a prince in the Indian royal family. Naturally, he's initially confused by his sudden transportation to a completely foreign life and culture with many humorous moments ensuing as he tries to wrap his head around what has happened to him.

Meanwhile, as John acclimates to his new life, he realizes he suddenly has the life he has always dreamed of, a life which now includes money, wealth, eager women and extensive privileges. However, as well as being rich and privileged, the prince whose life John has taken over, also includes several unexpected issues such as being engaged to a young lady through pre-arranged marriage, having the reputation of being a spoiled, adulterous scamp, as well as being a second year student in a mechanical engineering college. Ultimately, deciding to make the best of his new circumstances, John plays his privileged new life to the hilt; he fakes being psychic and parties not really taking his new life too seriously until he meets the best friend of his promised fiance, Ankita and falls instantly head over heels for her which within his new culture gives rise to many issues. While looking for ways to win her over, John forays into the world of music by joining a local band and uses his extensive knowledge of Beatles songs to propel his group "The Beetos" to "Beatles" status making him and his group rock stars, thusly creating a parallel universe with the Bollywood version of the Beatles. Consequently, their new found fame comes with unexpected repercussions, as the story progresses with scenarios that parallel events that really happened with the famed Beatles.

Definitively, Bollywood Invasion proffers readers a compelling read that entertains the imagination with a unforgettable journey into adulthood. This was a winning combination with its twisted melding of Beatlemania, romance, drama, humor, fantasy elements, and intriguing characters, especially Raj/John who seems to a loosely posed reincarnation of John Lennon. This would make a worthwhile read for fans of fantasy or YA reads.



Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9995369

At once engaging and cleverly creative, Ricardo Alexanders' Bollywood Invasion enrapts readers with a fun and fantastical coming of age story, set in a well posed merging of reality and fiction which surpasses the reaches of time and continents.

Instantly the story draws you in, as initially, we meet John Palmieri living in modern times in Brooklyn; he's a nerd and Beatles lover in high school and unsatisfied with his lower middle class existence. Things start with him in the throes of a dream, once again being bested by his arch-enemy Frank Castellano. He loathes Frank, who seems to have so much more than John; smarter mouth, bigger house, more friends, better stuff, including, the attention of the girl he secretly loves -Samantha.

The real adventure begins when fate crashes into his life, via an accident, knocking John unconscious. When John awakes, he finds himself in a parallel existence, where he has been transported back in time to late 1950's, India. He wakes up as eighteen year old Raj Scindia, a prince in the Indian royal family. Naturally, he's initially confused by his sudden transportation to a completely foreign life and culture with many humorous moments ensuing as he tries to wrap his head around what has happened to him.

Meanwhile, as John acclimates to his new life, he realizes he suddenly has the life he has always dreamed of, a life which now includes money, wealth, eager women and extensive privileges. However, as well as being rich and privileged, the prince whose life John has taken over, also includes several unexpected issues such as being engaged to a young lady through pre-arranged marriage, having the reputation of being a spoiled, adulterous scamp, as well as being a second year student in a mechanical engineering college. Ultimately, deciding to make the best of his new circumstances, John plays his privileged new life to the hilt; he fakes being psychic and parties not really taking his new life too seriously until he meets the best friend of his promised fiance, Ankita and falls instantly head over heels for her which within his new culture gives rise to many issues. While looking for ways to win her over, John forays into the world of music by joining a local band and uses his extensive knowledge of Beatles songs to propel his group "The Beetos" to "Beatles" status making him and his group rock stars, thusly creating a parallel universe with the Bollywood version of the Beatles. Consequently, their new found fame comes with unexpected repercussions, as the story progresses with scenarios that parallel events that really happened with the famed Beatles.

Definitively, Bollywood Invasion proffers readers a compelling read that entertains the imagination with a unforgettable journey into adulthood. This was a winning combination with its twisted melding of Beatlemania, romance, drama, humor, fantasy elements, and intriguing characters, especially Raj/John who seems to a loosely posed reincarnation of John Lennon. This would make a worthwhile read for fans of fantasy or YA reads.



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