Summer break gave a lot of time to catch up
on some nice fiction fix. Here’s a quick review on the some of the books I’ve
read over the summer (because I already gave a separate review on the other’s [i.e.
The Great Gatsby and The Hobbit] I’ve finished).
and Punishment Fyodor
Crime and Punishment was just really
exhausting—the plot, the language and the characters. I felt like they were all
drowning in a quagmire of despair and because I was too engrossed with the story,
I, too, was falling on that same pit. I had to close the book for a day or two
just to recover from all the angst and hopelessness Raskolnikov was feeling
lest I be as nega as him too. But even with an exhausting plot, I felt that Raskolnikov’s
story of redemption was something that’s really inspiring. He did something gravely
wrong and while he escaped the physical constraints of being jailed, his guilt
feelings hounded him all throughout the story. Towards the end, Raskolnikov was
weighing things out—whether to admit his offense or not. I’ve always thought he
made the right choice when he chose to spill things out—it made things easier
for him. But of course, that’s a spoiler. Anyway, it wasn’t much of a happy
ending but I’d like to believe it is justified.
My brother’s currently reading it before we
finally return it to the owner. I’m planning to read it again when I get my own
copy, when I’ve got more time to spare and when I feel that I’m emotionally stronger.
This was the in-between book for Crime and
Punishment. While I’m resting or trying to appease my shackled brain because of
asdfgjkl novel, I read Quentin Jacobsen’s diary story
of how he met, befriended and loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, his childhood crush.
The story was simple, nothing really exceptional except that it’s true most of
the time. We spent so much time and effort for the people we like and then one
day, when they get away, our lives take a dramatic turn. Or we expect something
extraordinary to happen in our seemingly ordinary lives that we grab every
opportunity to just walk away and leave everything else behind just so we can
find a more suitable “life” we have. In the process, we end up hurting people
close to us and eventually ourselves. Ahhh, but it’s all coming-of-age.
Transition. We look for our better selves and we hope to find it in a much
better condition. Char.
I posted on a separate entry the quotes I
loved from the novel. If you need an easy read, this is recommended. I’ve been
meaning to read Greene’s more famous novel The
Fault in our Stars. Brother has a copy. I’m thinking of
By the way, Quentin was eventually
friendzoned by Margo. I think. Ooops, spoiler.
I bought a copy out of curiosity. I thought I
should give Bradbury a second chance even if he boggled me when I was in high
school. Hmmm, I guess he did not fail me. I loved every bit of Fahrenheit—Guy Montag’s
the guy, er the man. The story was set in a dystopian future, with firemen
burning houses instead of preventing fires. Books are banned and people are
encouraged to live their lives glued to a giant TV screen. Guy’s a firemen
living with his ghost-like wife, Mildred. He meets his “weird” neighbor
Clarisse one night and then everything else began to change—eventually, he’s
running for his own life.
Fahrenheit made me appreciate books more. It inspires
me to collect them and stack them in a library where other people can read it
for free. I don’t know what I would be doing if I’m living in world like Guy’s—they
burn books and book readers because their ideas might spawn action or rebellion.
My house could have been burned for keeping way too many books or I may have
succumbed to the pressure and decided to feed on TV shows. I don’t really know.
Anyhoo, this is recommended reading.
I veered away from staples and decided to
read a book laced with so much romance. It killed me. Golay. Day’s Bared to You
is the first installment of the Crossfire trilogy. The story revolves around
the passionate and all-too consuming love affair between magnate Gideon Cross
and socialite Eva. They both have scarred pasts and they have to overcome it
before their relationship falls apart. Plot and X-rated scenes are way too much
for me so I skimmed over the pages until I get to the semi-open ending.
If you like E.L. James’ 50 Shades series,
this might also be a thing for you. But if not, might as well skip this.
by Kurt Vonnegut
Fault in our Stars by John
I hope I find time to read fiction again.
Gayatri Spivak ate my precious weekend just so I’ll be ready for my semi biglaang presentation in class. It all
paid off naman. Prof said it was a
good report (hay salamat po!) and
congratulated me for getting by her highfalutin language. This week, Ileto and
Said’s Orientalist theories are on my tab plus a myriad other essays in need of
understanding. As said, I think I’m coping with these truckloads of readings
but I really miss my fiction fix. Until next time I guess. Hehehehehe!
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