I was recently going through my local library’s list of new e-books on Overdrive when I found one called “Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars” by Sonia Faleiro.
And then I what most of you would do — I Googled it.
That’s when I stumbled onto a review in the Guardian by Tishani Doshi. I think this is one of the most beautifully written reviews I’ve seen in a long time. It captures the glamour and sadness behind the story so the reader gets a glimpse of Mumbai’s strip-club scene in Sonia Faleiro’s Beautiful Thing — but not enough to give away all the details.
And while the reviewer is a fan, she is stays unbiased. She acknowledges that for a piece of non-fiction, it doesn’t provide answers but it does move the heart. That’s enough for her.
As someone that reviews books, Doshi provides inspiration on how to craft that artistic yet informative review. I find this especially difficult with non-fiction.
So OF COURSE, I signed out the book. What was the last great book review you read?
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