The Readerby Bernhard Schlink For a book with a narrator that was seemingly indifferent to his life’s accounts, it evoked a lot of emotion from its reader, on many levels. The story, told so matter-of-factly, made you question your own morals, ethics, and the conundrums of responsibility. At one point, you feel as if you’ve made a conclusion of appropriate behavior, and then you’re asked to reexamine things more subjectively, instead of making a firm judgment of the characters. The book took you through historical scenes, without evoking color, just question and review. By the first part of the book, I already inferred what the problem was, and by the end of the book, although with that knowledge, you’re still struck with emotion and empathy. So that was the unexpected. Some parts of the third part of the book were actually beautiful. Overall, it was a great book, filled with important universal themes of responsibility and being your “brother’s keeper.” It was straight to the point, like a trial, but with lingering thoughts after the verdict. To see what this book is about, click HERE.
East to West by Ravi ZachariasA Life of Exceptional Experiences Dosed w/ Humility When this book first came out, I wasn’t as interested as I was reading RZ’s other more apologetic books. This was more of a biography, very anecdotal, but the more I read it, I saw how so many of what he’s seen and experienced were just microcosms of so many worldviews. He himself was a huge cynic, but after his regenerative experience at the hospital, he was led to really explore who God was and His message through Jesus, as well as test the seemingly competitive other world views. And he quotes it accurately, saying the more he learned about other world views, the more beautiful Jesus became to him. Sometimes his biography was comparable to Forrest Gump, with fortunate exceptional destiny, with the exception that Ravi had immense intellectual potential. But he has really humbly been appointedly woven into the lives of many other prominent theological giants, having also crossed paths with world leaders. It’s just amazing to realize all he’s been through, but only because of the grace of God…continually guiding His path, and using him, from great revivals to personal intimate testimonies. And amidst […]
book, 1.5 stars it was for basic flippant reading for me. it looked appealing because of its entertaining premise of a 31ish woman was pursuing marriage while her current state, on the opposite wasn’t so engaging. i gave it a 1.5 because although i wanted to get to its conclusion and find out if Italian Angie finds love or not, it was still cliche and somewhat unproportional with character realism. everyone seemed to be bold and beautiful with very superficial conflicts. I almost remember rolling my eyes at numerous parts of the book. it wasn’t bad…you’ll get through it without cringing and complaining…it’s indifferently entertaining, but it’s not in my “favorites” panel of choice.
book, 3 stars ok look. i gave the book a 3 average because it’s deemed “the greatest american novel.” The sentiment is based on the heroic character of Huck Finn who obstinately rejects the norms of his society to comply with his own individual freedom in action and morals. It deconforms to organized religion, southern economic dependence to slavery, and even familial ties. the story is symbolically saturated which makes me understand why the novel can be considered a graduate level book, because it has many layers through its imagery. the river itself being a symbol of freedom- both potentially good and bad, and the raft which serves as a common ground for Huck and Jim to be equal humans. but in my opinion, which is also what i wrote my paper on, is that the second half of the book digresses in interest to complete the initial goal of the first half, and becomes just countless tedious moments of distractions for Huck, and probably the greatest annoyance towards the character Jim. We end up following Huck through his supposedly “adventures” when we fail in responsibility to concern ourselves with Jim- the one whose life is in ultimate jeopardy. Only in […]
book, 2 stars written in the neoclassic period, Moliere resonated the era’s sentiment of letting “reason be your guide.” Moliere wrote this play as a critique to let people be aware and warned of the hypocrites of religion. Many people of his time felt that his play was heresy and rejected religion, but in fact rejected hypocrites and drew them out through this satiric play. There were bland characters like Orgon, who had to ulitmately use reason to believe that Tartuffe was a hypocrite who was using him to get to his wife. Of course, in that recipe, there are two lovers- the daughter of Orgon who is forced to marry Tartuffe, only to be saved by her mother who pretends to seduce Tartuffe while Orgon hides underneath the table. Of course in the end, Tartuffe is figured out and reason permits his undoing. simple huh? overall, it was was it was…just a play…it wasn’t anything too challenging.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – book, 5 stars i really thought that this book was brilliant and one of my favorite stories. whenever people ask me to recommend a book, this always escapes as one of my first ten that come to mind. what’s most ironic about this book, is that it is written by a nonJapanese man, taking the first person narrative of a Japanese female. it takes us along the journey of a young blue eyed fictional girl, Nitta Sayuri, who is sold into a geisha house, only to be treated with chastisement, unfairness, and all the aspects one can expect from a hierarchical society. She’s faced with rivals and friends, the novel being exquisitely rich with as colorful characters as the imagery itself. The reader is saturated with traditions, arts, culture, their life’s conditions, restrictions, rules, beauty, and discipline. The book heightens in many layers and subplots, with elements as love and illusion, appearance and deciet, truth and beauty. Overall, you are transported into the secret world of geisha, and realize that every action is an art of seduction, and an art of beauty… it’s a really really great book.
book, 5 stars definitely one of my favorite books. i read this when i was still in middleschool, and i remember being so moved after i read it. it’s an emotionally stirring critique on humanity, and the proportional understanding of it with one’s intelligence or ignorance. it’s about this man, Charlie Gordon who is mentally challenged. In his perspective, man is good, but only because he fails to conceive their true nature through his ignorant condition. But this perspective gives him happiness. His life is then changed when he’s offered a chance to partake in an experiment, where he meets the lab mouse Algernon, who also had undergone the experimental procedure. After all his meds kick in, he progressively gains intellect (progresses on his reading and writing) but also in understanding and assessing everything around him- noticing that the world isn’t as wonderful as he remembered it to be. He’s fully capable of comparing his present state to his past condition, and remembers all his experiences, but only does he now fully “understand” all the deeper implications involved with his friends, with relationships, with his family, and instead of happiness through his new gained intellect, he realizes the ramification of […]