I’m trying to catch up on my June books. There’s only a week left so what I did was to finish the Faulkner book that I started last week and practiced bigamy on the remaining two books.
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Date Started: June 17, 2012. 12:00 AM.
Date Finished: June 23, 2012. 1:00 AM.
Book #35 of 2012
The Classics Challenge: Book #05 of 75
I was totally swept away by this book, not while I was reading it but a few minutes after I closed it and brooded on the events. I breathed deeply, let out a sigh, muttered something like ohmygod, and felt a little ache in my heart.
Faulkner’s prose works its effect right after the whole thing blows ever. I still cannot assume that I fully understood the novel, but what the hey, I don’t care. I love it. I love it, I love it!
Write-up to follow.
Last Orders by Graham Swift
Date Started: June 24, 2012. 2:00 PM.
Current Page: 61 of 295
Book #36 of 2012
It was a little hard to get into this because it strongly reminds me of the last one-star novel that I finished. I do not wish to mention the title but it’s about an alcoholic who dies and the people close to him talk about his life and stuff like that.
The protagonist of Last Orders, Jack Dodds, is less of an alcoholic than a frequent customer of a bar. In here, he requests anyone it may concern that his ashes be scattered on some harbor. The people who take on this request are three of his friends and his son. They ride on a luxurious Mercedes, one which Jack will approve, and talk about their dead friend and their own wives and whatnot.
The novel’s chapter headings alternate between the narrating character and the place they are currently on. The narrator of the “place” characters is Ray, one of Jack’s friends. Why him? Why not the son?
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
Date Started: June 24, 2012. 7:45 PM.
Current Page: 35 of 436
Book #37 of 2012
I’ve agreed to read this along with my super loyal book buddy Atty. Monique. We’re going to do one chapter a day, so that will be nine days, which means I won’t be finishing my June reading on time. But that’s okay because this is a Mitchell book.
As always, the writing is amazing. The description is pitch-perfect, and we are only at the first chapter. The description at the first page of my edition says that it’s a novel in nine parts. I assume that the chapters can be standalone stories. I felt that way after finishing the first chapter.
I wonder what David Mitchell cannot do. This is my fourth reading of him. I will try my best to be objective (read: not act like a fangirl), but what can I do? He really is good!
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My PC broke down! It didn’t die instantaneously. It was a gradual process. First, the optical drive stopped working properly. I ignored it. Then the power supply. I replaced it with a new one. Then the LCD monitor. I replaced it with a LED monitor. Then the video card. I thought of replacing it. Then it just went on and off at its own whim, like it were a sickly patient slipping in and out of consciousness.
I was so mad at it for dying on me just when I needed it for some video editing. The last time that it worked properly was while I was in the middle of typing my write-up of The Grapes of Wrath (it turned off by itself and I was not able to save what I typed). I realized though that I’ve been abusing it for the last five years. I finished my undergraduate computer system on it, I downloaded my art films and classical music on it, I played my games on it. I wrote some fiction and most of my blog posts on it (because sometimes, I write them at our office when I don’t want to work). So yes, my computer has done good.
And I never gave my computer a name (someone said that I should give computers their names)!
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about getting a laptop, something that is sturdy and economical. Some of my office mates recommended Dell and Asus. One office mate told me to steer clear off HP and Compaq due to overheating issues. I secretly desire a Sony.
How about you? What do you think? Do you have any recommendations? By the way, you might think that this is completely irrelevant since it has nothing to do with books, but this will affect my blogging activities, and that is mainly why I am yakking about this.