Gone With The Wind Diaries, VI

Day 21: 55, 56, 57, 58 Okay, so Scarlett is pregnant again. Rhett does not know it yet because he left as soon as he could after their fiery lovemaking. And that moment sowed uhm, healthy seeds, into Scarlett’s… But enough of that. Remember that Scarlett doesn’t really like babies? Oddly, she’s a tad excited to tell Rhett about it. But when Rhett came, months after, she is again mocked.…

Gone With The Wind Diaries, V

Day 17: 42, 43, 44 The South is slowly rebuilding. A new beginning, so to speak, and with this comes baby Ella, who is a little disappointing to Scarlett. She lacked the charm that her mother has, but maybe that’s a good thing. Scarlett’s set of business ethics is bordering on ruthlessness. I don’t have any qualms on leasing convicts because I think some convicts deserve a chance at getting…

The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Who bought it: Me. What is it: Nothing in the blurb has anything about what the novel is. There are only praises. And more praises. I think the reader deserves better than that, wouldn’t you agree? When: November 2, 2011 Where: http://www.ebay.ph, seller: shoshoink2 Why: I think there’s a lot of hype over this book aside from its being a Man Booker Prize winner. How much: Php 220.00

Germinal – Émile Zola

Who bought it: Me. What is it: Coal miners hold a strike against a company that is exploiting them. This should be filled with strife, squalor, suffering. When: November 2, 2011 Where: http://www.ebay.ph, seller: strictly.classics Why: A classic novel. And the title intrigues me. Just what is germinal? And oh, the copy that I bought is a mass market paperback that looks older than I am. How much: Php 100.00

Gone With The Wind Diaries, IV

Day 13: 34, 35 These are laugh-out-loud chapters for me! I love the conversation that Scarlett and Rhett had when the former visited the latter in his prison cell. Just imagine how Scarlett squirmed at Rhett’s mockery. And the shame! Ooh, Scarlett, you deserve it! And oh, I am so wrong with one of my previous assumptions! The secret kissing scene of Ashley and Scarlett is not yet the height…

The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch

Who bought it: Me. What is it: It sounds like John Banville’s The Sea, only that this was published earlier and it is longer in terms of pages. A theater director, actor, and playwright retires by going to the sea, only to face the things and people that he longs to drown out from his memories. When: November 2, 2011 Where: http://www.ebay.ph, seller: strictly.classics Why: A Booker winner. How much:…

For Whom The Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway

Who bought it: Me. What is it: Another Hemingway, and another war novel. But is this supposed to be better than say, A Farewell to Arms? If it would be just the same stuff as that novel, only longer, then this might not be an easy book to read. When: November 2, 2011 Where: http://www.ebay.ph, seller: strictly.classics Why: Another book that is in my self-required reading list. How much: Php…

The Inheritance Of Loss – Kiran Desai

Date Started: November 13, 2011. 11:45 PM. I barely recovered from Julian Barnes and immediately, I cracked this book open. And it’s near midnight. Not a good idea, I know. I am more critical than usual with this book because this is the book that trounced McCarthy’s The Road in the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Awards. And after reading the first few chapters, I was like, what is this?…

The Sense Of An Ending – Julian Barnes

Date Started: November 13, 2011. 7 PM. Or maybe I should say that I started and finished this book in one night. Yes, I read this in four and a half hours, which included my replying to a couple of text messages, taking a pee, and smoking. I followed exactly the demand of the dust jacket, which is to read this in one sitting. Well, not exactly since I read…

In Our Time – Ernest Hemingway

Who bought it: Me. What is it: A collection of short stories. I have only read one Hemingway short story, Hills Like White Elephants. That story was amazing, laconic yet packed with turmoil. I am quite excited about this. When: November 2, 2011 Where: http://www.ebay.ph, seller: http://www.ebay.ph, seller: strictly.classics Why: Well, it’s in the list of books that I am collecting. Since I merged all those lists together, I can’t…