Month: November 2011

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

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 …

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 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 …

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

Intro I think this is a largely overlooked novel. I overlooked it myself. I attempted to read it back in college, but I got a little bored and greatly distracted as well. A couple of years later, I restarted. And what was I thinking? Why did I wait years before I resumed my reading of this? Initially, I was not wowed by it. It was a book that I like and that I would recommend to a lot of people. But whenever a bookish friend and I talk about the book and remember the lilting sentences, I decided that I love this book. And I should try shoving this book into the faces of people who love literature regardless of plot or setting or characters. The Rhapsody This is the journal of an old pastor named John Ames, who is attempting to encapsulate a lot of things through his writings before his time comes. He is doing it for his young son because he knows that the young one will grow with little memories of …