Month: January 2011

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

Intro I read this way, way back in college, in my freshman years actually. What compelled me to read it is the controversy that this novel got itself into. Banned in various lists and libraries the supposed profanity, and seen in the hands of John Lennon’s murderer, that is enough for me to get curious. Plus numerous recommendations from a lot of people. I used to claim that I like this novel, but when I really think about it, I am not really sure why. Maybe I just say that I like it to appear intellectual, and that is sheer phoniness, I know. And I am really reluctant to write something about it. Now, let me see. The Rhapsody Holden Caulfield. He’s the protagonist, the guy who ran away from school, the guy who went around New York, the guy who hated phoniness. That’s what I mostly remember about it. Phoniness. I do not even remember the profanities. Goddammit is not very profane to me. I don’t even remember seeing the word fuck, which could have been there, but …

Possession – A. S. Byatt

Date Started: January 24, 2011. 12:15 AM. I kept scanning the pages of this book prior to reading. And there are poems, lines from the Victorian period, and some paragraphs that I find a little hard to understand. I imagine reading Possession to be a daunting task. It was indeed daunting, but after a few chapters, the pace built up. I was even excited, my eyes were rushing ahead the current sentence that my head was reading. And then after a hundred pages, I was lost again. I’ll keep reading though. A friend promised this to be a good read. I will bite his head off in the event that I develop brain tumors out of this.

The Helmet Of Horror: The Myth Of Theseus And The Minotaur – Victor Pelevin

Who bought it: Nobody. Well, it’s a contest prize from Jessica Zafra’s blog. What is it: A science fiction by a Russian author. It’s a retelling of mythology, I think. It looks really interesting, it’s like reading Internet chat room conversations. When: January 22, 2011 Where: National Book Store – Power Plant Mall Why: Well, it’s a freebie for my writing efforts. Is it so wrong to crave for rewards and recognition? How much: Free, but if we factor in the transportation expenses, around Php 80.00. I had to hail two taxis because I didn’t know the Rockwell area.

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

The Shipping News – Annie Proulx

Intro The Shipping News has a movie adaptation. When I first saw the movie poster in the early 2000’s, I wanted to watch it so badly. There’s Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore! At that time, I didn’t know that it was based on a novel, and for some reason, I was not able to watch it, too. Maybe because I was destined to read the novel first and download the movie later. Looking back, The Shipping News is probably the start of my addiction to books and my lifetime goal of collecting all the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Rhapsody Quoyle is dumb. Quoyle is stupid. Quoyle was left by his wife. Quoyle does not have any real talent. There he is, the main character of the novel. But you still root for him. He is like a cousin to you, the cousin who never played pranks on you and who only has good intentions for you. But he really is stupid. Well, that’s what I remember mostly about him. But don’t get me wrong. He is …

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

Intro This is another book report that I did in high school. This one is for the senior year. The weird thing is that all of my classmates did short stories, and I was given that sole distinction of working on a novel. It was frustrating at first. You know how it is when high school is about to end. Too many projects, one for this class, another one for that class. Matters were made worse because during that time, I was working as a service crew at McDonald’s. So how was I able to get through it? Inspiration. Me and my senior English teacher were not in good terms because I was not always in class, thanks to those extracurricular activities that I was doing. But the trust that she gave me was more than enough for me to ward off all the pressure. Still, I wasn’t selected for Best in English. I always wonder why. The Rhapsody I read this in haste, but I made sure that each sentence was understood. However, this was not …

From Where You Dream: The Process Of Writing Fiction – Robert Olen Butler

Who bought it: Me. My first book for 2011. What is it: A book on fiction writing that said hello while I was aimlessly walking around the literary criticism section. When: January 8, 2011 Where: Power Books – Greenbelt Why: I like Butler’s short stories. Maybe not as much as I like John Cheever’s or William Faulkner’s, but I like them all the same. Yes, this is not an anthology, but I would like to know his thoughts on writing. I am still aspiring to be a short story writer. I might pick up something. How much: Php 396.00, 20% discount already applied.