Month: November 2011

In America – Susan Sontag

In America - Susan Sontag

In America - Susan Sontag

Who bought it: Me.

What is it: It must be about European emigrants with last names that I could not pronounce. The author says that she was inspired by Polish actress Helena Modrzejewska and the author of Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz.

When: November 5, 2011

Where: Book Sale – SM Megamall

Why: Another National Book Award winner.

How much: Php 145.00

Gone With The Wind Diaries, VI

Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

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. He even told her that she might as well have a miscarriage. Which did happen right at that very instant.

And I love how Rhett confessed everything he feels for Scarlett to Melanie, Atlanta’s BFF. We see Rhett in his weakness. We never thought that Rhett can be so consumed with guilt, but here he is, blaming himself for the accident.

Ah. This is true love!

But life goes on. Rhett connives with Melanie to have Ashley buy the sawmills from Scarlett. I wonder how the novel would sound like if it were told in first person, in the eyes of Rhett. I really want to know what he thinks and how he feels for Melanie.

Day 22: 59, 60, 61, 62, 63

Explosive chapters. A lot of things going on. And it should only be expected. We are near the climax.

This novel is categorized by most as romance. And forgive me if I have this childish notion that romances are supposed to be sealed with a kiss.

So I guess this isn’t the standard romance that women would read and talk about in their little circles, giggling like they were in high school.

I almost feel that I was left hanging. Almost because I’m still satisfied. It’s just that I couldn’t really get the feel of the last few pages because my mind is stuck at Melanie’s house. Is it really that way with people that have beautiful intentions?

If the novel is not that long and we were only given a few glimpses of Melanie’s kind actions toward everyone, I wouldn’t be devastated. Just thinking about the near-end makes me sad.

And yes, who would give a damn to a woman like Scarlett? Certainly not our Rhett who did everything that he could to make the woman fall for her. But there she is with her strong will and her hard habits. She doesn’t have anyone now. She realizes that in the dream where she is shrouded in mist, it is Rhett that she is looking for. But it is too late. And I hear Scarlett telling her this: After all, tomorrow is another day!

Note: Notes cross-posted at GoodReads – The Filipino Group. Atty. Monique read this with me. We are both done! Look for her review of the book at Bookish Little Me.

Death With Interruptions – José Saramago

Death With Interruptions - José Saramago

Death With Interruptions - José Saramago

Who bought it: Me.

What is it: This is the other and arguably more popular edition of Death at Intervals.

When: November 4, 2011

Where: Book Sale – SM Mall of Asia

Why: I already wrote about this one, and I already have my copy. But I couldn’t resist this hardbound edition. It’s a first edition!

How much: Php 130.00

Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

Who bought it: Me.

What is it: It’s about this woman who struggles so hard to climb the social ladder. And I read somewhere that everyone in this novel is a hypocrite. Hmm.

When: November 3, 2011

Where: Book Sale – Makati Square

Why: A classic door-stopper. I should find some time and willpower to read this.

How much: Php 45.00

Gone With The Wind Diaries, V

Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

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 back, like Archie. But leasing convicts should be as humane as possible. They should be fed properly. They should not be exploited. But that is not the case in Scarlett’s sawmills.

Sooner or later, she’ll get into trouble for this one. And she does, but not because of that. She was attacked on the road. Had it not been for Big Sam, she would have been, uhm, ravished?

Day 18: 45, 46, 47

Scarlett’s ambush causes a great commotion among the Confederates, now the Ku Klux Klan. They may have nothing in common with Scarlett, but she being a Southern woman, the men have a need to avenge her disgrace. Which is not so disgraceful because she already did a lot of things that can only make one wonder how she can still manage to face people.

The long and the short of it is that yes, the problem is taken care of, Scarlett’s attackers are punished, but not without losses because of the Yankee intervention. Ashley is shot but alive, Frank is shot too but didn’t survive. Rhett comes up a plan to cover for the men. The plan works, thanks to the complicity of Belle Watling, the “bad” woman, and Rhett’s relationship with the Yankee officers.

The Atlanta men and women are now forever indebted to Rhett for helping them, and their wrath for Scarlett is now incalculable. And what a way to end Part IV: Rhett and Scarlett get married! Finally! But this is not a marriage spun with Scarlett’s true love. I am starting to believe though that Rhett truly loves Scarlett.

And Scarlett, when will you ever learn to love?

Day 19: 48, 49, 50, 51

So many things going on! After the marriage, you can only expect a honeymoon. The not so new couple spent theirs at New Orléans, an even wilder city than Atlanta. And speaking of the latter, is something waiting for Scarlett once she returns to it?

Only her sawmills, because Atlanta people are still angry at Scarlett for the problems that she caused. But instead of people uniting against her, they are taking sides because Melanie defends her loyally. Anyone who goes against Scarlett also goes against Melanie.

Which is quite a problem because Melanie is the nucleus of the Atlanta society. What a powerful woman for someone who is so frail.

And yes, we all know Scarlett’s hatred for babies, but one should see this coming. Come to think of it, Scarlett’s children have no impact in the novel’s twists and turns. They are just mere designs, mostly because Scarlett was never really a mother to them.

Instead of taking care of the kids, she busies herself with earning more money and showing it to the poor Atlanta people’s face. She now owns the grandest mansion in town, one that is barely a home.

And will there be a loving family in such a mansion if Scarlett continues to nurse her feelings for Ashley and Rhett seeks female companionship out of jealousy? Can we really point our fingers to either one of them?

Day 20: 52, 53, 54

Rhett is changing his ways and doing his best to win the hearts of the Atlanta people, all because of his daughter Bonnie. Sweet, and it is paying off. People are starting to adore Rhett for his fathering ways. But Scarlett is a different story.

And speaking of Scarlett, she gets caught with a quite intimate talk with Ashley. Which is funny because this is the time she realized that she does not really love Ashley as a man. But it’s too late. She has to face people who are most likely talking about her infidelity at her back, and the worst of all is facing Melanie.

But Melanie dismisses all the talk about Ashley and Scarlett, even going as far as waging an open war against India, the embittered sister of Ashley who caught him and Scarlett, just to defend her so-called friend. And of course, Rhett’s ears did not escape the scandal of the season. He rages at Scarlett, who is helpless with her defenses.

And they spend the night making the most passionate love ever. I think.

Note: Original notes are originally posted at GoodReads – The Filipino Group. Atty. Monique is almost done with this. Let’s cheer for her at this blog: Bookish Little Me.