Hunger – Knut Hamsun

Who bought it: Me. What is it: A struggling writer who desperately writes to various publications in order to fend off his own physical hunger. But the money he earns goes to bills and even charity. Not enough is left for food. He wants to write, but he can’t. Who could write with an empty stomach? When: February 20, 2011 Where: Book Sale – SM Clark Why: This should be a harrowing psychological…

War And Peace Diaries, II

Day 5: 201 – 252 It is almost natural for Pierre to get all the attention after inheriting everything from his father. All of a sudden, every father from the high society wants to marry him to his daughter, Prince Vassily being one of them. Remember, he did not get anything from the late Count Bezukhov, but he manages to make Pierre his son-in-law at the price of her beautiful daughter. I’m annoyed…

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

Who bought it: Me. What is it: A novel about an asexual molecular biologist and a his lusty yet unreciprocated half-brother. When: February 19, 2011 Where: Fully Booked – Bonifacio High Street Why: The molecular biologist thing got me going. And I always feel like buying a book whenever I visit this Fully Booked branch. I remember buying my copies of Never Let Me Go and 2666 there. And oh,…

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

Intro Right after the 5th Pamiyabe Creative Writing Fellowship back in my college freshman days, I went to a book store and bought a copy of this novel. I was so inspired to read a classic then, and seeing that this was shelved in the classics section, I picked it up. I told this classic inspiration to our editor-in-chief and about this book shopping, and she was rather horrified at the thought…

War And Peace Diaries, I

Day 1: Introduction – 56 It opens with a French dialogue. Introduction excluded, of course. There are footnotes for translation. I don’t know any French so I resorted to those. And there are also various notes, which I did not bother reading. This is because those are located at the end of the book. I would have read them if they were on the same page, such as the case is…

War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Date Started: February 9, 2011. Around 8 PM. My experience with this novel so far is a disaster. I actually started reading last February 7. I was already at page 36, then it jumped to page 53. Then at page 68, it jumped back to page 21. Then again: 21-36, 53-68. Then it resumed somewhere a little over page 100, near the end of part I. I went to the bookstore where I bought…

Prize Stories 1999: The O. Henry Awards

Who bought it: Edralyn, whom I fondly call Edralini. She was my associate editor in the college paper, my natural successor in that journalism throne, and my good friend. What is it: It’s an anthology of short stories. I don’t know much about the O. Henry Awards, but the names Chabon, Cunningham, Lahiri, and Proulx were enough to keep me interested. When: February 4, 2011 Where: She said that she…

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love – Oscar Hijuelos

Intro I do not really know what I was thinking when I picked up this book. Antonio Banderas? No, I am not a fan. The book cover? Not really. The Pulitzer? Could be. This is the first Pulitzer winner that fell short of my expectations. I found it a huge drag. Read on if you are interested to find out why and if you wish to prove me wrong. The Rhapsody It’s…