However, I do plan to do more with it very soon. In the meantime, here is my list…. Whenever I encounter an all-time favorite book for the first time, it is always a blessing and a curse. The blessing is obviously the enjoyment of the book itself.
But then comes the curse… pretty much everything I read for weeks afterwards seems bland in comparison—just something to pass the time. I had to take a break, a breather if you will. Three separate times. Here are those three books:. Probably more than any other character in literature, Ebenezer Le Page comes to life as the most flesh-and-blood real.
His voice is unique, with a charming patois and much humor, and his story is an extremely moving one, with real characters you fall in love with. I'll be eagerly looking forward to your views on the work when you read it. Thank you for bringing this book out to notice, Rakhi! You definitely have raised some very unsettling questions along with equally thought-provoking quotes in this yet another gem of a review of yours.
I will be reading this very soon. Jul 11, AM. Deepthi wrote: "Thank you for bringing this book out to notice, Rakhi!
You definitely have raised some very unsettling questions along with equally thought-provoking quotes in this yet another gem of a review of y It is a Buried one but the writing is so powerful that I wonder how come the author is not read much. I do hope you find it a worth read too. Pertinent and difficult questions raised Rakhi and all the answers I believe will only be a 'point of view'. This is a highly influencing review and you convey beautifully! Soumen wrote: "Pertinent and difficult questions raised Rakhi and all the answers I believe will only be a 'point of view'.
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You are right about the answers. Excellent writing, Rakhi. You give us a very good idea of the tone of this book. Kalliope wrote: "Excellent writing, Rakhi. An intense review, Rakhi! Your questions on power and strength remind me of the Tao Te Ching, I think you'll enjoy reading it :. Vipassana wrote: "An intense review, Rakhi! Your questions on power and strength remind me of the Tao Te Ching, I think you'll enjoy reading it : " Thanks,Vipassana!
I'll look for the work. If you recommend, it must be a great read :. Jul 14, AM. Wow, what a staggering review. In its harrowing portrayal of human breakdown it seems to resemble Saramago's Blindness when a human breakdown causes the whole country to descend into bestiality inflicting atrocities on one another in the hope of continued survival. The new opium of the masses? This reminds me of how the proles in Orwell's are kept numb with cheap porn and music so that they are unable to raise themselves to the consciousness of servitude. Does it not remain so true in our modern day 'free market democracies?
With your five star review I'm totally sold on this book, Rakhi. Added to the priority TBR.
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Glad I found this review which I missed earlier. Great job, Rakhi :. Jul 15, AM. Jibran wrote: "Wow, what a staggering review. In its harrowing portrayal of human breakdown it seems to resemble Saramago's Blindness when a human breakdown causes the whole country to descend into bestiality inf The reading of this work makes you feel uncomfortable, as if you are a witness to the cruelest of human actions and all you can do is just to note it. Yes, it makes you ask questions and not because author asks them but because you realize how little the cruelest of actions, when done to others, affect you or perhaps mind goes to a sleep mode where you just close your eyes and nothing seems to matter much.
It is sad. I haven't read Blindness yet but I'll do sometime soon. Thanks for reading the review and leaving a detailed comment :. Wonderful review, Rakhi, and I really loved that you loved this book! He's a wonderful writer. I love your pondering of freedom inspired by your read , Rakhi. Thank goodness for human rights advocates and books like this one. Great review.
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Jul 15, PM. Stian wrote: "Wonderful review, Rakhi, and I really loved that you loved this book! Yes, I do plan to read the other volumes as well i. Have you read any work by the author other than this trilogy? Cheryl wrote: "I love your pondering of freedom inspired by your read , Rakhi. Poetry was ruined for me from a very early age.
I did like nursery rhymes my mother read to me as a young child, but these were later dismissed in school as poetry for younger children and they were not used to teach us how poetry can work. Then we had Dr. Seuss who was also dismissed by most as some eccentric fellow writing silly stuff for young kids.
The Doctor actually wrote some very brilliant poems that tend to stretch reality into something unmanageable and therefore unsavory to most palettes. Again enormous changes were in store for my partner and I in We sold our home in Florida, and our cabin in northern Michigan, purchased a custom-made Oliver travel trailer, built a new hurricane-proof structure in the panhandle of Florida, moved all our earthly possessions there, and spent most of the year on the road.
We are officially homeless now and live full-time in less than a hundred square feet of fiberglass RV. We also unexpectedly went through our third hurricane in a row and Michael proved to be the worst. But in light of these traumatic changes, proved to be another good year for serious reading. In I did manage to read my fair share of good books, but again I woefully lacked the number of five-star reads I historically have grown accustomed to procuring.
I restrict my annual year-end report to only those books that garner a five-star ranking from me. This does not mean the lesser seventy or so books I read were not worthy of my time or trouble. I often remember segments from minor works more vividly than those worthy of five-stars. Any serious self-examiner who may consider him or herself a discerning reader, will completely miss out on an uplifting and enjoyable reading experience if caught up in ignoring this book because of its title. Tim Kreider is an amazingly honest writer and I especially love his essays.
Hunter S. Thompson was a purely wonderful and insightful read. I previously thought him insignificant in his last years but this book proves he was anything but. Thompson could see it all coming, and what our country is reeling from now would be no surprise to this great journalist. Due to the character flaws of leaders like Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon, Hunter Thompson sought to reveal them for who they were.
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The future Thompson predicted was also something that led to his own personal demons destroying what was best in him. Timothy Denevi has performed a great service for the good citizens of these United States. Using Hunter S. For those of us who want the truth and are willing to hear it, this book has it in spades. This book is a great and important work. There was much to ponder. What a surprise for me the last chapter was, as Strawson turned autobiographical and shared his own memory of surviving the sixties and early seventies.
Because of our similar age it was easy to feel a kinship with this English philosopher who has good taste in music, and this book inspires me to pursue other Galen Strawson titles. I lamented this book to end. On every level I felt connected to Karl Ove. The last book in the series titled Summer returned to the initial format and was less than remarkable. But Spring is certainly a five-star read and should not be ignored. Similar to a novel, her memoir is ripe with characters and recurring events.
It matters little whether Levy is undoing her past life or restarting it. She is living, and suffering, and accomplishing so much on the page. A very adroit and distinguished work. In late summer I began a vigorous study of the poet, performer, monk, and songwriter Leonard Cohen who died in late One of the most, if not the most, uplifting and heartbreaking memoirs ever written. Any attempt at description or explanation would fail to capture the essence and love captured between the pages of this wondrous book.
A forty-year friendship and search for answers that resulted in a life bursting with meaning. A fascinating and intimate look into the mind of Leonard Cohen. To all my friends, please enjoy a happy and safe holiday. If you are so inclined to have a look we have begun a new topical platform for literary criticism, poetry, fiction, memoir, photography, nude art, self-realization, ageism, and travel titled after our long-running literary concerns called the Rogue Literary Society.
What follows are notes taken while reading this book and are far superior than anything I might have to add in praise or criticism. You want to know what makes Cohen tick? I mean you can really be humiliated. There are other rewards and prizes that go with it—you can come out with a sense of glory, girls might fall in love with you, they might be paying you very well. All the possibilities of corruption and material gain and self-congratulation are present—but also at the same time there is this continual threat and presence of your own disgrace.
One of the absolute qualifications for a writer is not knowing his arse from his elbow.