" 'I will come' said Peter, but he sat on for a moment. What is this terror? what is this ecstasy? he thought to himself. What is it that fills me wit" 'I will come' said Peter, but he sat on for a moment. What is this terror? what is this ecstasy? he thought to himself. What is it that fills me with extraordinary excitement? It is Clarissa, he said. For there she was."
At some point, I was not a mere reader lost in the thoughts of Clarissa, Septimus, Peter, I was with them, crossing Victoria street and get scared by agonized cries of Septimus. For extremely vivid and engaging the novel was, one cannot help but just get carried away by the transitions from a thought to thought, from a feeling to feeling. ...more
Much earlier, The Hours was recommended among the books for readers who want to improve their reading and critical thinking skills; I was not able toMuch earlier, The Hours was recommended among the books for readers who want to improve their reading and critical thinking skills; I was not able to find any electronic version of it, so the book was temporarily forgotten until I found in a used-books section of Bileg book store. I think I would not have loved it as much as I do now if I'd read it back then. The hours is a type of book which requires a reader to have felt certain emotions personally to really enjoy it. It's all about emotions and internal struggles of deciphering what's really happening around one's life. The book is structured to feature lives of three women living in three different times. The entire book is just about one day of each of their lives. Probably one of the most important days. One of the three women is Mrs. Virginia Woolf who always seemed mysterious and strong; the woman who left her name in the history of literature and whose books will be read by much later generations just as how Leonard, her husband, envisioned her to be. ...more
With all the real soldiers dead, the Children's Crusade went forward not into battle field but into the place of shame and hunger. In this book, KurtWith all the real soldiers dead, the Children's Crusade went forward not into battle field but into the place of shame and hunger. In this book, Kurt Vonnegut revealed ridiculous, meaningless, and desperate sides of war-time stories which are often full of glory and dark intensity. Through the story of Billy Pilgrim, a time traveling weak boy trapped in events happening at the end of war, a day-to-day survival of prisoners of war is presented in a way that can only explained as 'dark humor' just as it was stated in the front cover. I really liked the book.
This part was really beautiful: "The water is dead. So it goes. Air was trying to get out of that dead water. Bubbles were clinging to the walls of the glass, too weak to climb out"
This one bit offensive: "...He was examining the eyes of young male Mongolian idiot in order to prescribe corrective lenses. The idiot's mother was there. acting as interpreter" ...more
After listening to Oliver Sacks’s TED talk about hallucinations, I wrote down the following note: “Don’t take my evils away because my angels may fleeAfter listening to Oliver Sacks’s TED talk about hallucinations, I wrote down the following note: “Don’t take my evils away because my angels may flee too (Freud). Are all of us in the grey area close to madness? We’ve got to endeavour it as well as enjoy. Those who don’t have shallow understanding of life. People need depth and depth means possibility of torment and unhappiness, but hopefully not madness. ” At that time, what he said made so much sense to me than other advice or so-called journal columns teaching how to keep your optimism and sanity. I’m glad I found this book in a most unexpected way (at Internom, among many thriller or romance books never been heard before).
Written in simple and eloquent way, this book is a great way of learning about how brain is a mysterious part of our body able to make people mentally stuck in past forever or become unaware of one’s own hands. It’s not a kind of book that would make the reader feel grateful toward one’s good psychological conditions, but a book that would really introduce people’s lives entirely different than the “neurotypicals” because of the way their brains work. The postscripts explaining the patients’ conditions in more professional way were bit hard to understand well; nevertheless it was an amazing book. Queer things do happen. ...more
Paloma decided how it was all about finding 'always' in 'never'. Elegance of the Hedgehog is a funny little book of philosophical fables written throuPaloma decided how it was all about finding 'always' in 'never'. Elegance of the Hedgehog is a funny little book of philosophical fables written through lives of two troubled souls: Paloma the suicidal teenager and Renee the concierge who hides all her intellectual ability. I liked Paloma because she reminded me how angry I used to be over the things I couldn't change. Her frustration, loneliness, habit of hiding, and unbelievable solution for her search of meaning in life were all very familiar. And she is only twelve! Maybe all of us, somewhere in time, stand there and wonder about all of these things. Some find their answers and go along. But some of us, never get through the process of wondering and stay in the ceaseless search of...everything....more
All we know about Chris Gardner from the movie "Pursuit of Happiness" reflects just a short period of his life. Those heartbreaking events in which WiAll we know about Chris Gardner from the movie "Pursuit of Happiness" reflects just a short period of his life. Those heartbreaking events in which Will Smith struggles to get a job as a broker while taking care of his baby son in utterly hopeless situation seem almost tolerable to compare with what he went though according to the biography.
Though the stories of his childhood were little long and redundant, he was in every way sincere to who and what kind of philosophy helped him to become who he is. This should be a good lesson for young people starting their career, smirking at the low-salary, and looking for a shortcuts to their destination.
If we follow the so-believed social contexts, Chris Gardner wasn't supposed be where he is. He didn't have a MBA, not even bachelor's degree, and was in a time when racial issues were still on fire. A fine man with big heart, he never said once that all his accomplishments were achieved through his own strength; there was always so much gratitude and appreciation. As he said, Chris did create wealth and fortune not in a monetary terms but in terms of something more profound such as his philanthropic activities.
Following Chris' mother's advice, let's keep in mind that most important words in English are 'please' and 'thank you'....more
Essays covering events and reasons of financial crisis in U.S and Europe. All of the essays in this book have been previously published in Financial tEssays covering events and reasons of financial crisis in U.S and Europe. All of the essays in this book have been previously published in Financial times (most of them) at the time of crisis of 2008 and further eurozone crisis. So the essays are mostly about the possible solutions for problems European Union, Germany, Greece, European Central Bank, and all the other countries and institutions involving the crisis faced. It would have been useful to read them back then. Anyway, I think I got some snapshots of what has happened around there....more
I can absolutely relate to Franny, and her lack of courage to face with the overwhelmingly egoistic crowd called-us. The way how two novels 'Franny',I can absolutely relate to Franny, and her lack of courage to face with the overwhelmingly egoistic crowd called-us. The way how two novels 'Franny', and 'Zooey' connected to each other made Franny even more like an actual person than just a fictional character. Zooey was tricky, and bit difficult to understand what kind of person he actually is. I believe, at some point of our lives, we all have Franny inside us, just the way how we all have Jonathan Livingston Seagull inside.
Finished reading it Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi. Weird little quiet city with overly nice people....more
A book lived much longer than us keeps stories we will probably never figure out. The Sarajevo Haggadah is one of them. In “people of the book”, GeralA book lived much longer than us keeps stories we will probably never figure out. The Sarajevo Haggadah is one of them. In “people of the book”, Geraldine Brooks told her version of story that might be so close to the real one. Well, we can never be so sure about the past.
I love it when I notice there’re more important things than I usually see. Like the moments of clarity when you just feel you’re not the only one who have feelings. “People of the book” reminded me once again that there’s something more important than the typical stuff people fought over hundreds of years. The Sarajevo haggadah, kept in a Bosnian National Museum is a Jewish manuscript written more than 500 years ago. Its beautiful illustrations are similar to those of Christian books and drawn by African Muslim artist. The stories covering this masterpiece have no boundaries of religion, country, race, and age.
When the haggadah was at the danger of being destroyed by Nazi forces, the very person who saved the book was a devoted Muslim. The people of the world have been suffering through the years because of so called holy war and religious confrontation. Among them, among us, the haggadah exists as a token of people’s pointless acts and unexpressed wishes. It’s also exciting to think there’re so many beautiful books out there keeping countless number of stories and histories in them. My copy of “people of the book” will also be the one keeping my record of reading it. One day, I will be one of them; I will probably the person of the book.
I’m thankful for Geraldine Brooks for letting me live in a world of librarians, brave young people, Hanna Heath, Ozren, Lola, and Zahra for few days. ...more
I should probably write something sophisticated as a review of 'Sophie's world', but all I want to say is-it was so cool :) Reading a certain book putI should probably write something sophisticated as a review of 'Sophie's world', but all I want to say is-it was so cool :) Reading a certain book puts me in a certain mode: gloomy, jumpy, romantic etc. Jostein Gaarder, the author, managed to keep me so happy that at times I couldn't stop smiling and sit in a one place for long because of excitement.
It's proof that a book about History of Philosophy can be as interesting as Harry Potter series (not that much close, but still enough ). When we think about reading books of philosophy or history, we may imagine them with long sentences and rather monotonous tone. 'Sophie's World' is different than any other books I've read on this subject especially to compare with the textbooks we had in a philosophy class. The myths and examples made it amazingly easier to understand anything the Alberto Knox, a philosopher in this book, said. What an important set of ideas it has! I sat for days at the top of white rabbit's fur and wondrously gazed at the history of thousands of years...
All the ideas accumulated to today have been improved step by step through the generations of great thinkers and rebels. Even the shortest book written on philosophical ideas is the fruit of many years starting from Socrates' time, maybe even earlier that that. Sophie did make me question my beliefs and thoughts about life and the world. Now it'll be never easy to jump into any conclusion since the beliefs may fall apart one day with the flip of a coin.
I saw that Sophie's World has been translated into Mongolian with a name 'Софийн Ертөнц'. Unfortunately, it was placed far from the bestseller shelf, not even displayed in a place to be noticed. I sincerely hope that young readers would read this book, especially the ones questioning the truths of the universe and beliefs.
Peculiarity of Saleem’s birth is followed by even stranger life made of stories that may only exist in magical tales. Probably IT is a magical tale. SPeculiarity of Saleem’s birth is followed by even stranger life made of stories that may only exist in magical tales. Probably IT is a magical tale. Some of us lead seemingly normal life while others go through rough adventures just starting from their birth. The “The Midnight’s Children” reflects decent summary of political and social change in India, but not in a way of history books. The thing I enjoyed most was not the plot, but the author’s way of writing: somewhat concise and quick. I assume it takes awful lot of effort to write a book like this.....more
What do we think about when we wake up in the morning? If not involved in specific tasks, most of us certainly do not worry about global issues or finWhat do we think about when we wake up in the morning? If not involved in specific tasks, most of us certainly do not worry about global issues or financial turmoils. The ordinary folks are just entangled in their typical events of life. Even if that character may seem pathetic and short-sighted, well, here we are anyway.
Raymond Carver's stories are reflections of tiny fragments of people's feelings and behaviors. You shouldn't expect a happy ending in them or any ending at all! Those are not stories with endings like ones in Nicolas Sparks novels. They are just stories of people, the ones who fight over dinner table, get unemployed, get divorced, drink gin and talk about love with doubt and despair.
The calm background somehow hides in it even if the story is about a man leaving his home shamefully. Maybe all of our lives are played through some mellifluous tune while somebody just sits in there and watches what we do. I liked them quite a lot. They sort of made me feel old :l (and that was a good feeling indeed)...more