What’s more do you need to keep you company?
Trying to read this classic “Catcher in the Rye” and so far it’s depressing me. You guys could try if you would, but it will depress you.
And the smell of rain
I just pass the half way mark but I already could conclude which way the story will goes. But it’s still a very well written, deep meaning book! So much for that currently booming theory that a plot must be unpredictable, original, and full of plot twist to be good/ even enjoyable.
I am currently reading Animal Farms by George Orwell, and I loved it. Any reading I do always prompt me to write, so here it is! A writing that I think would be non-sense, hehe.
Actually, I am not really reading it as I am listening to the audiobook in Youtube. At first, I am afraid that it is too heavy a book (It’s the author of THE 1984- a book which I haven’t read by the way) to listen to, but I decide to just play it anyway, because it’s only 3 hour compared to other audiobooks. Compare that to the 9 hour-ish of 1984! Anyway, I never see the book Animal Farm in print, so I don’t know how thick it is, but this proves that it is quite thin.
I just pass the half way mark but I already could conclude which way the story will goes. But it’s still a very well written, deep meaning book! So much for that currently booming theory that a plot must be unpredictable, original, and full of plot twist to be good/ even enjoyable. It’s not. Only my 2 cents though.
I listened to it in mind to be ‘aware’ of hidden motifs and that’s why it’s so easy to break open the outer layer to see the representation. I am never taught about the world’s history and lacking in my own study about it, so I don’t know the exact event he tried to represent (Stalin-era Russia), but I guess human nature are the same everywhere, so I have heard this story from elsewhere. If I don’t know about his reputation though, it would have been quite easy to pass it as a children book with a funny story! That’s how amazing it is – for the unaware minds, hidden meaning (and events, and activities, and conspiracies) are hard to notice.
How many good books are there, with eloquent story telling but good, hidden teaching? I understand the need to try to make more people read it, but, I heard making it compulsory school reading make students hate it. I think everyone will be able to enjoy this book, as I am. It’s not for the “analytical and cultured people”.
I won’t say that I am have an open, sharp, analytical, and intellectual mind. Compared to some people I know, I am quite slow. I also won’t say that I am cultured, because I really am not, compared to my literature-major friends. But because I have a lot of friends there, books like this are almost like a staple which are a shame to not be read, and I agree.
Try to read this book with imagination and open mind. You will see the striking parallel with the world events today. Why would we read books that contain the same essence as the news? Why don’t we just read the news? Well, it’s easier to laugh and see what’s wrong with our actions when portrayed as not our-self and in alternative world. Which group are you in novel? And what’s your opinion about them?
*Why am I writing it suddenly like talking down to high school students? Because maybe they are the one who are googling to see how much this book sucks, maybe.*
Miu, Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami
Being tough isn’t in and of itself a bad thing. Looking back on it, though, I can see I was too used to being strong, and never tried to understand those who were weak. I was too used to being fortunate, and didn’t try to understand those less fortunate. Too used to being healthy, and didn’t try to understand the pain of those who weren’t. Whenever I saw a person in trouble, somebody paralyzed by events, I decided it was entirely his fault — he just wasn’t trying hard enough. People who complained were just plain lazy. My outlook on life was unshakable, and practical, but lacked any human warmth.
And not a single person around me pointed this out.
Miu, Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami
Well, the last sentence is not that true for me. Fortunately, I have people around me who care enough about me as a human and not as a practical machine
Ever wonder what it will feel like to leave the nest of comfortableness that is your area behind your computer and books, and start feeling the stories told on your own, not via the words writers have carefully chosen?
Leaping through the window doesn’t sound like the best idea around, metaphorically or literally. Writers are told they need to have experiences in the world in readers’ place, so people can feel through their work. Why let the world have their way with you when you can get the sensations, the feelings, of being in the world through the safety net of the book? Did the real thing worth it?
Later or sooner, we will find ourselves out in the world, sometimes without we even know. So while we have the time and options, why not choose to be out there by our own willingness? While others are contemplating, I – a not so ordinary girl that lives on the internet like everybody else in my generation – am making steps to go out of the window into the real world.
How to, though? Leaping isn’t easy, right?
One thing that I learned from leaping is :
I mean, not building a fence around the idea of “I want to go a place far far away!”If you want to go somewhere, let it happen. There are abundance of options to take you where you exactly want to be. And reasons to. Sit behind your computer, type on your browser, and search on the website that’s being a verbs nowadays about the prices, the saving plan you must make and follow, the places, how to get there, if it’s possible to get there for free, apply your stalking skills to see the friends that can make your dream possible – and so on. Once you start in motion, you might be thrown out of your window before you even have chance to blink. Fancy imagining yourself in Santorini next week?
2. Make the list
Just make it for now. Who know that Santa read your wishlist without you sending it out to him!
3. Prepare, prepare
Prepare for the unexpected. Sometimes, you miss an opportunity just because you are not prepared for your own luckiness. After praying so hard, isn’t it silly to sit expecting it won’t happen? So take your time and make your passport, built your savings. People who laugh at you would be surprised when they find themselves in the position of people who laugh at Noah’s ark
4. Dream, but don’t leave reality
If one day you are to go to somewhere… not in your list, then go ahead and take it! It wouldn’t be just a waste of money, I assure you. Maybe you can get a taste of an entirely different genre, and would be pleased because you don’t expect so much! In fact, one of my most memorable journey is to a place I won’t really take effort to go to.
How was that? Still not convinced? Then, for now perhaps open your eyes and sit through, I will try to convey the “world” that I have seen, through this blog, to you.
Remember though, that you reading even half of this article are proof enough you have the intention! Go through!
trivial question : did pigeonhole used to be holes to store pigeons?