As I am currently writing my first day (or night) in Paris, which is becoming a very long novel, I would like to share with you (sorry for the shameless plugging) or some of the books I was talking about in the last few days. Please click on the link to read the full review which is published in Triond.
It is only lately that I started writing reviews for the books that I read. Very good titles from great authors are the ones hardest review because you dont know if youre giving justice to their work or if your views are worthy of their work. But like how the old adage says, “to each his own”
It was a thick book laying on the bestseller table at the ground floor of Selexyz Donner, the biggest bookstore in Netherlands. In its cover is a black cat with jade eyes and the author’s name who I am now familiar with is written in bold. I don’t think that the book has any plan to let me go so I held unto Kafka on the Shore until the counter where I paid both for it and for The Complete Illustrated Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Since Friday I never let go of it till I finished reading the 613 pages.
Kafka on the Shore tells of a boy who has an Oedipal prophecy from his own father, the sculptor who turned out to be the man named Johnnie Walker, the cat killer. According to the omen, he will murder his father and have sex with his mother and sister. continue reading
I picked up this particular Haruku Murukami book while I was on a book-buying spell last year at National Bookstore in the Philippines along with On Literature and How To Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays by Umberto Eco and Rant by Chuck Palaihnuk. It was on the top 10 on the bestselling novel list so I thought it might be a good read. It took me a while before I was finally able to read that book. It wasn’t really a priority since Murukami is a new author in my list.
After Dark centered on three young people whose lives are intertwined with events that took place during a particular day. Mari, a 19-year old anti-social who was reading a thick book at Denny’s restaurant in downtown Tokyo caught the attention of trombone player Takahashi. They have met before when Mari chaperoned her sister, the beautiful and popular Erin who was on a double date with Takahashi’s friend. Erin is currently on a comatose or more appropriately an extended Sleeping-beauty type of illness of which the cause is unknown to everyone.
The book also tells the story of a hardworking businessman who picked up a Chinese prostitute and ended beating her, making a way for Mari and Takahashi to do a little charity act for the woman in-charged of the love hotel. continue reading
This is my first Bernieres book I have read but according to my research, he is an award winning author for his Captain Corelli’s Mandolin published in 1993 and produced other novels like The War of Don Emmanuel Nether Parts, Birds without Wings among others as well as short stories. His latest is this novel which came out in 2008 and which will be made into film starring Scarlet Johanssen.
If there is one thing about the book that draws me intensely was its seamless narrative and vivid story telling that aren’t so full of hifalutin words and abysmal metaphors like the works of Paulo Coelho. The words are simple but the thoughts are provoking and will greatly appeal to male readers who are not into mushy literature and dramatic stories. The book is a very easy read with a touch of history here and there and with a lot of distinctive English humor and perspectives. continue reading
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
When Elizabeth Gilbert, writer of GQ and other US-based publications, decided to end her marriage, she didn’t know where to go and how to start all over again. But a two-year yoga practice and her love for the Italian language set her destiny and straighten her path to personal and spiritual balance and love at last. She embarked on a journey to guiltless devour the gourmet (gelato, pizza and pasta included), tongue and places of Italy, search for her God in India and enjoy the best of both worlds in Indonesia, taking her readers tightly strapped with her.
Eat, Pray, Love is a funny, witty and un-touristic personal account of Gilbert’s self-searching in the three countries that are familiar yet so foreign to most of us. Following this woman’s travels is like being there yourself, experiencing the real feel of each and every places, eating the same thin-crust, chewy pizza in Naples, reflecting on the same pain and desires for personal peace in the Ashram and laughing with the old medicine man Ketut in Ubud. continue reading.
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them (now that sounds familiar). I now have to stop writing the Paris for a while because I have to go to school. But before that, of course, I have to stop by Selexyz Donner cos somebody tipped me that on the third floor. there are sales on-going.