Month: July 2011

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Who bought it: Me. What is it: An unforgettable book! It’s about the journey of an unnamed father and son in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s hopelessly hopeful book. One of the best books that I ever read. When: July 20, 2011 Where: Book Sale – Makati Square Why: I already have a copy of this, but the movie tie-in trade paperback edition proved to be irresistible. How much: Php 115.00

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain – Robert Olen Butler

Intro I have two copies of this book. I decided to buy a more decent copy because the first one that I had is like a coloring book. There were paragraphs after paragraphs highlighted with various colors. I don’t mind highlighting, although I don’t practice it, but it seems that the original owner of the book used it to perfect the art and science of highlighting. Besides, one is supposed to highlight only if there is a need to do so, like if there is an urgency to the text to be highlighted or if it is an utterly delicious one. One can argue that there’s just too much to highlight because of the beauty of it all. If that’s the case, do not highlight. That will save the world from extra chemicals that are packed in highlighters. I don’t think they are eco-friendly. So yes, I have ranted a bit on highlighting. It’s now time to see what the highlights of this collection are. The Rhapsody The only story that is highlighted in my …

The Master – Colm Tóibín

Date Started: July 26, 2011. 5:45 PM. On a bus while stuck in heavy traffic. This is a retelling of Henry James’s life. Or a portion of it. I was wondering whether I had to have a prior reading of any of the protagonist’s novel, but I ended up reading it anyway without having read one. I have a number of his novels in my stacks of hoarded books, but those would have to wait. Anyway, it was delicious reading this during the rainy weather we are experiencing even as of this moment. It is not dialogue-driven, at least the first three chapters, but it flows like water anyway. Or maybe it’s just the constant pouring of the skies?

The World According To Garp – John Irving

Who bought it: Me. What is it: I don’t know. I actually think this is a work with a lot of commercial appeal. But I still bought it. Idiosyncrasy, anyone? When: July 16, 2011 Where: Book Sale – Walter Mart Munoz Why: It’s cheap, and I felt like buying it at that moment. How much: Php 37.00 (Image courtesy of