**spoiler alert** Miles from Nowhere is Nami Mun’s debut novel about a 13 year-old Korean girl named Joon living in New York. Her adulterous father le**spoiler alert** Miles from Nowhere is Nami Mun’s debut novel about a 13 year-old Korean girl named Joon living in New York. Her adulterous father left and her mother could not cope. She decides to leave her mom and the rest of the novel follows her for the next 5 years through a shelter, an escort club, homelessness, drug addiction, a job selling makeup, and finally ends on a hopeful note. It’s written elegantly and instantly I’m already wanting to recommend this book to Kim. Only because I know she enjoyed Perks of being a Wallflower and this has that same feeling of tragic hope. Joon goes through all these hard, ugly experiences and she still somehow has a childlike and naive desire for hope. The desire shrinks and expands through out this novel but would never completely shrink away. I think that’s sweet.
Overall, it was simply written which makes the prose easy to read. It’s pretty fluid. However, the content can be pretty hard and ugly. That said, I feel Nami Mun gave the content beauty by giving Joon resilience, hope, and gumption. I like my girls with gumption.
Two Excerpts “Hope was based on the unknown, and I liked knowing things. Like that I was going to fail. Failure had better odds. You could depend on it.”
“He had no idea that grief was a reward. That it only came to those who were loyal, to those who loved more than they were capable of. He had a garage, full of her belongings, and all I had was my guilt. It took on its own shape and smell and nestled in the pit of my body, and it would sleep and play and walk with me for decades to come.”
I didn’t know F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Did you? I finished this story in about 2 hours tops. I saw the movie a couplI didn’t know F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Did you? I finished this story in about 2 hours tops. I saw the movie a couple of weekends ago with Katambra. We loved it. The movie was ADORABLE, all the way through, adorable. I love the old man C-list character that got struck by lightening 7 times. So I was excited to start reading the book. After reading, I found myself preferring the movie over the book which I rarely ever do.
The book wasn’t very descriptive. It went over 50 plus years of Benjamin Button with a few sentences each for each phase of his life. I guess that is why the movie had so much room to digress and flesh out. In the movie, Benjamin was left on a doorsteps of a cute Black lady who ran a nursing home. She cared for him as if he was her son. In the book the father never gave him up.
What won me over to the movie and turned me off towards the book was that Benjamin met his love in the movie at age 7 with him looking elderly. It was a coming of age story about the two of them with tons of hit and misses. They finally meet in the middle and he eventually leaves her after they have a baby together. He thought it was the best thing for his love since he didn’t want to have her raise her husband as he gets younger and their child at the same time.
In the book however, he meets the girl later and as he grows younger and better looking, he gets embarrassed and turned off from his wife because she gets older and uglier. My heart sank as I read that.
Very original idea though. I liked the the story enough to make me want to reread Great Gatsby. I only remember one scene from Gatsby. It’s where Nick criticizes Daisy for being a bad driver (like I am) and she responds that it only matters if she runs into another bad driver. ...more
**spoiler alert** Differences between book and movie:
- He becomes a professional wrestler in the book, called The Dunce - He and Jenny have substantial**spoiler alert** Differences between book and movie:
- He becomes a professional wrestler in the book, called The Dunce - He and Jenny have substantial relationship in the book. He screwed it up twice. HIM not Jenny. - He smokes pot in the book. - Goes to space in the book. - Befriends an orangutan in book. - Jenny does not get sick and die. - She gets married to someone else while pregnant with Forrest's baby. - He met Bubba in college on football team. - Forrest never says "Stupid is as Stupid does." - Never says "Life is a box of chocolates...." - Does say "I got to pee." 9320532095 times in the book. - Plays chess in book. - Football got him into school, not his mom whoring herself out. - Jenny does not get molested by her father. You never meet her father. Her mother is as far as we know, a wholesome figure in both Jenny's and Forrest's life.
jemmima J was by far much much better but it was an easy read. candy. not substantial but sweet and did the trick for the 2 days I spent finishing thejemmima J was by far much much better but it was an easy read. candy. not substantial but sweet and did the trick for the 2 days I spent finishing the book...more
So I went to a very tiny library for the first time ever. Library was so tiny that the only book by Chuck Palahniuk was Haunted. (They only had threeSo I went to a very tiny library for the first time ever. Library was so tiny that the only book by Chuck Palahniuk was Haunted. (They only had three Stephen King books shelved!)I was hoping to find Choke or Diary as my cherry-popping experience with Chuck Palahniuk. Alas, I made due with Haunted which I've heard nothing about prior to the day I started reading it.
Since then I read that the first short story was actually featured in Playboy.
Also, my brother said he heard during the public readings of this novel, people actually threw up.
Anyway, I did write down a few quotations into my reading journal:
"War. Starvation. Plague. They fast-track us to enlightenment."
"It's the mark of a very, very young soul to try and fix the world. TO try and save anyone from their ration of misery."
"In our secret heart's heart, we love to root against the hometeam. Against humanity. It's us against us. You, the victim of yourself."
"We're born to suffer. The irony is if you can accept that- you'll never again suffer."
"The same mistakes we made as cavemen, we still make... Maybe we're living the exact way we're meant to live."
"We have pain and hate and love and joy and war in the world because we want them. And we want all that drama to prepare us for the test of facing death, someday."
"The difference between how you look and how you see yourself is enough to kill most people."
Comprised of 24 short stories, the novel is basically a collection of very grotesque tales depicting a wide range of gore not excluding cannibalism, self-mutilation, rape, throat slitting, sodomy, you name it, Palahniuk wrote it. Each story was written by one of the 24 striving writers in the novel. All lured by the same writer's retreat ad. The stories got kind of ridiculous. Too over the top. Too sensational. Eventually, I got a little tired and a little bored with it. It could also be I found the novel tried too hard to tie in the idea that we are our own victims. We're our own worst enemies. We cut off our own toes and lock ourselves in a our hell. Blah blah, we get it. I was disappointed because the premise of the book had so much potential. Writers trapped by a sadistic young young old old man. So much you could do with that! After a few chapters I started to see it wasn't really going anywhere. Gah. I give it 2 stars.
P.S. I must say the first story grossed me out the most and also happened to be my favorite. Amazingly disgusting. If you were going to pick up this novel, I recommend just skimming and picking out some of the short stories to read on its own. Read the first one fo sho. ...more