“when I’m asleep, I float through space. I know because sometimes I wake up, and see things I’m not meant to see.”
male delivery order takers are usually slower on the pick up than females.
one of the best gif submissions thus far!
Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Identity”
I read this yeeeaars ago, one summer, because it was lying around at home. I think it’s time to revisit this book.
The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
After a scare with my kindle (it would not open and then i thought all my books had been erased), I was able to finish reading this book which has been said is one of the Great American Novels.
The theme is decidedly American. Jay Gatsby is the character which best embodies the american dream. He sprung from a poor background and worked his way up to become a Millionaire. He was spurred on by his loyal love for Daisy, which did not fade away, even after years and years.
It is so easy to just look at this novel as a romance, because so much of it was devoted to the re-wooing of Daisy, but I think that the novel talks about how money (or the lack) can shape the way we view life. It can raise you up or corrupt you. Either way, it changes you.
As a woman from the Philippines, a former colony of the US, I know all about the american dream. As a person of some means and education, I know that if I set my mind to it, I can achieve almost anything. But they never tell you what happens next. After you have achieved your wealth and success, how does it change you? what happens to you?
My favorite symbolism in the whole book are the eyes. I interpret the eyes on the billboard as the judgements of time/people. That we must be ever so watchful of what happens, because somehow, somewhere, someone is watching and judging.
Great characters though. I wish I had known Jay Gatsby more.
The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald
The cover is quite freaky, reminds me of that episode of the last human in Dr. Who. Anyway, I watched the 1974 movie recently, and I thought that I was doing a disservice to Mr. Fitzgerald if I didn’t read his book.
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
Finished this book at 1am! around two weeks since I first started on it. Which kind of surprised me because when I first opened the book, I devoured it line by line.
My first impression was that the style of the book was very much like Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The magical realism, as it is called by some, sweeps you off of your feet and carries you into a world not really make believe but not really real.
It’s true, it is kind of like that, but I also quite liked the different interweaving stories. I liked what each story had to say about itself. How each one was alive & sort of drew you in that sometimes, you tended to just stop reading and just blink, not believing that you had been sucked into a different place & time.
The overhanging theme of familial love is just out there in the novel. It is from this theme that we get most of the narrative flowing. I had a hard time immersing myself in the world that the narrator lived in because it was so far from what I am used to. Although I live in a third world country, I have almost no experience of living in conditions described in the book.
Peeling another layer of the book, you find the theme of love for nature. What with people actually forming bonds with animals? Digging up graves? etc etc. I loved that the nature loving is not preachy. My heart broke for the bear outside of the bar. That part is very precious. Of course, the love between the grandfather, the tigers wife and the tiger is also very beautifully realized.
I think more of the core of the book is just on the theme of understanding. That when we understand each other, we have a clearer picture of how the world works. That’s the only human way we can see the world, only through the lens of understanding.
I’m sure this book has been reviewed a lot because it truly is very good. I am kind of sorry that a lot of the historical reference just blew past me. I am not very aware of Yugoslavian history to fully appreciate it. I think this book is one of those that I will come back to and find hidden gems that I did not notice on my first reading.
One of the best characters I will remember for a long time is The Deathless Man. What an interesting fable he is. I’m not sure though, if i’d want to meet him in the crossroads.
Last night (or this morning), a friend of mine mentioned something that really made me stop and think.
She said that we all have opinions about ourselves, and these opinions, true or not, have become the stories that we tell ourselves. Like for example, if you think of yourself as a hardworking person, who takes work very seriously, in any situation, you would always tell yourself so & it becomes kind of the template as to how you would react to a situation.
As my very wise, very elegant friend was saying that, I began to day dream about what stories I tell myself. And if these stories were true or not. And if these untrue stories have become a source of disquiet & turmoil in myself.
It’s something to think about and try to change in myself. It’s a unique perspective that I never thought about.
Good talk, huh?