Juggernaut fiction editor Sivapriya chooses her favourite reads of the year:
In 2016 I was possessed by the rapture of Calasso’s The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony. ‘Stories never live alone: they are the branches of a family that we have to trace back, and forward.’ This defined my year of reading, zigging and zagging through periods and genres obsessed with stories obsessed with the passing of time and the wreckage of history.
I read more short fiction (novellas and short stories) than I have ever done before. Three of the most memorable were: Vivek Shanbag’s Ghachar Ghochar, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and My Hyde and Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life. All three are formally dazzling, deeply affecting and beautifully written.
I finally read Kim and loved it so much that I gulped down the Jungle Book next. Oh, Kipling’s lost boys! I had a fair sense of what Kim would be and it more than satisfied my expectations. I did not expect Jungle Book to be so gorgeous and so sad though. I’ve realised I love boys adventures. Next on my list are Kidnapped and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Then I’ll revisit Treasure Island. Maybe Huck Finn again…