Month: June 2013

F2F18: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

TFG’s Book of the Month for June: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: June 29, 2013 Place: Mondo + SIP, Legaspi Village, Makati City Time: 2 PM to 5 PM Discussion Leader: Tricia Attendees: Me, Aaron, Alexa (after), Bennard, Camille, Ella, Emir, JL, Julie, Louize, Mae, Monique, Patrick, Ranee, Rhena, Rollie (after), Tina, Veronica, Ycel Food I Ate: Sausage and Baked Egg, Watermelon Wiggle, chocolates from Bennard Pre and Post-discussion Activity: The activities were incorporated in the discussion proper. Members were divided into two teams. The teams raced against each other on the board game. The teams take turns in drawing and answering questions (and in advancing the respective Minion tokens on the board). Some questions have “challenges” with them (such as arm wrestling or lock puzzles). After the Book Discussion: We went to Landmark food court for dinner. We stayed there until people started sending us letters on receipts reminding us that we were not in the market (we were kind of noisy). We then moved to Gilligan’s where we had some beer. Other Nominated Books: Fight Club by …

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Comic Books Aren’t Trash – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is a novel that is set during the golden age of comic books. The eponymous heroes Kavalier and Clay team up to create their own series of comic books that features The Escapist, a superhero that has powers of escape and liberation. These superpowers are drawn from the creators’ own desires and fantasies to escape their own chains: Joe Kavalier wants to free his family in the Nazi-dominated Europe while Sammy Clay wants to free himself from the bigotry of the New York City of that decade. Written in a compelling language that manages both to be profound and geeky, this is one book that every comic book lover who has a knack for good writing should not miss. Joe Kavalier meets his cousin Sammy Clay in the latter’s bedroom one night after he successfully escapes from Prague at the cusp of the WWII. This meeting allows the two to discover each other’s interest in magic tricks and drawing. Joe’s illustrating talent and Sam’s narrative gift allow them …

Can a novel be both fictional and philosophical?

I do not even want to dip my finger regarding this matter because I am not huge on philosophy. I only have 3 units of philosophy in my college transcript and Sophie’s World to back me up (and oh, let’s add the first four chapters of the audiobook The Great Ideas of Philosophy). So why I am asking this? What’s the point of this post? Well, I’d just like to share a thread that went over at the Facebook group of Summer of Jest. Yes, I joined this reading event (Summer of Jest) to help me get through David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest with … flying colors? Aside from wanting to share the conversation and keep it here for future reference, in case the thread gets lost in the unnavigable trenches of Facebook, I’d also like to hear your thoughts on it. Can a novelist write philosophically? The preceding link is actually what started the thread without me knowing while I was rereading the thread. And yeah, here it is. I’ve changed the names of the members …

The Classics Club Monthly Meme: June 2013

The Classics Club‘s meme topic for this month is contributed by one of my favorite foreign (to me) book bloggers. Not sure if I should disclose his or her name, but kindly visit BookerTalk and read for yourself the insightful posts that you will find there. And now, the meme: What is your favourite opening sentence from a classic novel (and why)? Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. I love this because it feels so passionate. And probably obsessive. When I listened to the audio book narrated by Jeremy Irons, I just had all these goosebumpy feels. My eyes welled up with tears. Call me dramatic, but yeah, I almost cried (by the time I listened to the audio, I have already read the novel). It feels like the perfect opening sentence(s) for a narrator such as Humbert Humbert. This is a really memorable …

Books to Read: June 2013

Books to Read: June 2013

Check out what I plan to read and what I have accomplished from May’s reading plan: The Left Stack (books I want to read soon and books I need to read soon): The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – because she’s the winner of Man Booker International Prize 2013. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald – because Camille lent it to me. I am to read this by force, yes? I kid. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – because it’s my Classics Club Classics Spin pick. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – from May. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – from May. A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes – from May. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata – because it’s by a Nobel laureate. This Is Water by David Foster Wallace – because I’m in love with the idea of falling in love with the author. The Right Stack (books I have finished and books I have yet to finish): Cathedral by Raymond Carver – from April. 5 out of 5 stars. Dom Casmurro by …