While I was reading Room, I felt good. How? How can I read about something as disturbing as two people trapped in a 11 by 11 foot room by a mentally d...moreWhile I was reading Room, I felt good. How? How can I read about something as disturbing as two people trapped in a 11 by 11 foot room by a mentally disturbed individual and feel good? I did because this is exactly what Emma Donoghue wanted.
Before starting to read this book, I was unwillingly prurient. Unwilling because cases like these scare me to the point of where I can't sleep. I extensively researched cases like Priklopil, Fritzl, Kampusch, Gugard. Prurient because these stories fascinate me because they're testimony to how indomitable the human spirit is. They give me hope. I can't help myself but research these things.
So why didn't room horrify me? Because Jack wasn't horrified. His reality was what it was. The story told from his perspective detached me from the horrific elements enough to enjoy other aspects. His language. The dynamics of a mother/son relationship. The love they both shared with each other. The funny thought processes of an innocent, naive five year old. Emma D's imagination allows us to see how ironic it can be to not want to be in the world after coming out of a situation like that. She reminds us of the wonderful and the not-so-wonderful things of this world and simultaneously reminds of what's important.
There were two things which resonated within me after finishing. Firstly, how difficult change can be. How crippling. Clinging to the familiar is such an easy thing to do, so much so, that it doesn't matter what the familiar is. Secondly, how modernity has us wrapped up in it's web of distractions or the effects of capitalism , so much so, that we value being on the interwebs or working overtime more than spending quality time getting to know our loved ones. Communicating. In Room, the only distraction they had was five books each and a television. They were forced to play, talk, and just generally spend time with each other.
All in all, I loved Room. It embodies exactly the kind of imagination and meticulousness I've been craving from a fiction book for a long time.(less)
So far I've reached about chapter 8 and The Immortal Life is proving to be much, much more interesting than expected because of the many different per...moreSo far I've reached about chapter 8 and The Immortal Life is proving to be much, much more interesting than expected because of the many different personalities I get to indirectly meet.
Being a biography, it wouldn't fly well with some because it would seem as if rebecaskloot.com strayed from the point a lot but I'm enjoying this for whatever reason.
I can't say anything bad about this book because it's so well researched and while it's non-fiction, it keeps me more intrigued than any other ficton book I've read since the J.K. Rowling days.
The writing is simple, effortless. I'm slowly falling in love with The Immortal Life as but as I've only just started, I have an open mind for any discrepancies I might encounter.(less)
Spiritual serendipity was written in 1983 but was one of the most applicable and timeless books I've read in a long while. Richard Eyre's advice need...moreSpiritual serendipity was written in 1983 but was one of the most applicable and timeless books I've read in a long while. Richard Eyre's advice need to be taken by the vast majority of today's contemporary adults.
Built on the principles of watching, thinking, listening and praying, this book did for me exactly what it promised it would do at the beginning which was to change my perspective or paradigm of the people, circumstances and events in my life which ultimately determine how I feel.
It comprises of explanations and applications of the two subsets of Serendipity which were Mental Serendipity(sagacity, watching,thinking,being sensitive,slowing down,external influence) and Spiritual Serendipity(praying for confirmation,listening for answers,asking for guidance,internal influence) and the inter-relatedness of both things or perhaps the dependence of Spiritual Serendipity on Mental Serendipity.
At one point, he rightly said that Spiritual Serendipity was the bridge from Mental Serendipity to God. Spiritual Serendipity thought me to see the unexpected as opportunity and unintentionally caused me to think more positively. It, in effect, made my life better.(less)