2666 Diaries, V

Almost too late, but let’s do this – 2666 Diaries, V

For the sake of formally finishing the first chunkster diary of the year, let me repost some stuff and look back to this magnificent novel. Also included are some conversations with my reading buddy, The Misanthropologist. These notes are selected based on my ability to translate. Some full paragraphs in Filipino, I left them out because I’m not in the mood to translate. And why am I so anal about…

2666 Diaries, IV

Translating the thoughts about the killings – 2666 Diaries, IV

The Part about the Crimes Yes, this time, I took my time to translate my buddy’s thoughts from Filipino or Taglish to English. Quite an effort since I do not wish to sound like I’m translating the inputs literally. Like “Wala lang,” a phrase that literally means “Nothing much.” Actually, that cannot even pass as a literal translation if we adhere to the strict literal sense because “lang” seems to be…

2666 Diaries, III

And then there were two – 2666 Diaries, III

I don’t know what happened to our other buddies, but I’m glad that The Misanthropologist, yes, our still unnamed, elusive, not-so-anonymous friend, is still on. Who, by the way, does not sound as misanthropological as the name denotes. Okay, I’ll stop pretending. Actually, we’re both done with this. I know, the posts are delayed. A lot of things to do. Here we go. Notes: These are originally posted on a…

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…

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…

Gone With The Wind Diaries, I

Day 01: Chapters 01, 02 Scarlett O’Hara spends an afternoon with the Tarleton twins, who are both interested in our protagonist. Scarlett is quite enjoying the attention that the twins are giving her, but she is bored by their war talk. As she steers the conversation towards a barbecue to be held the next day, she learns from the Tarletons that Ashley Wilkes, the object of her desire, is going…

War And Peace Diaries, VI

Day 21: 1075 – 1129 After the death of Prince Andrei, Princess Marya and Natasha develop a meaningful friendship. The animosity that they harbored against each other no longer exists. They support each other in times of loneliness, although they hardly ever talk about Prince Andrei. Their friendship is one that is not only about keeping each other company, but it is the intertwining of two souls in platonic love. Going…

War And Peace Diaries, V

Day 17: 878 – 935 It’s high time that I finally finish these diaries. It’s been too long. I have finished the book almost a month ago, so let me catch up. Moscow is a huge mess. In fact, Moscow is now abandoned. After Borodino, the Russian army retreated further. The only people left in the city are those from the lower classes who have nowhere to go to. They…

War And Peace Diaries, IV

Day 13: 644 – 682 This is the second half of Volume Three, Part One. We see here Nikolai in the battlefield. He is already an experienced frontliner, but it is in this part where he really plunges into action. Remember that he just fled from an enemy during his first time? It’s the other way around at this particular battle. He attacks with utter courage, scaring the French army and…

War And Peace Diaries, III

Day 9: 418 – 488 It is spring time, and Prince Andrei visits the Rostovs regarding business matters. There are some beautiful passages in this part. An old oak tree mocking the budding flowers of spring time. The endless cycle of life. The ability of the old to keep up with it. And Prince Andrei wondering with awe at the strength and wisdom of this old oak tree. For Prince Andrei, his…

War And Peace Diaries, II

Day 5: 201 – 252 It is almost natural for Pierre to get all the attention after inheriting everything from his father. All of a sudden, every father from the high society wants to marry him to his daughter, Prince Vassily being one of them. Remember, he did not get anything from the late Count Bezukhov, but he manages to make Pierre his son-in-law at the price of her beautiful daughter. I’m annoyed…

War And Peace Diaries, I

Day 1: Introduction – 56 It opens with a French dialogue. Introduction excluded, of course. There are footnotes for translation. I don’t know any French so I resorted to those. And there are also various notes, which I did not bother reading. This is because those are located at the end of the book. I would have read them if they were on the same page, such as the case is…