To appreciate the book as much as I did, one must realize that 2001 and 2010 were not "linear" sequels (as explained by Arthur Clarke) and could be seTo appreciate the book as much as I did, one must realize that 2001 and 2010 were not "linear" sequels (as explained by Arthur Clarke) and could be seen as two novels with the same characters and settings but don't necessarily happen in the same dimension/universe. So...there will be inconsistencies between the two books. Or, you could read 2010 as a sequel to the Kubrick movie (since it seemed that Clarke followed the movie more closely than the book).
Let's face it: this was not as great as 2001 (although, to be honest, 2001 was just too good that any sequel would fall short). I guess the one thing I really liked about 2010 is how Clarke's writing still seem to be "warm". Oh, I also liked how 2010 is still sort of existential beneath all that science.
I guess, 2010 was good but it's not as fulfilling or satisfying as 2001....more
(A bit) shallow note: For a book that's priced P195, the quality is great!
Lourd De Veyra's writing is "make-you-laugh-out-loud-obnoxiously-in-public"(A bit) shallow note: For a book that's priced P195, the quality is great!
Lourd De Veyra's writing is "make-you-laugh-out-loud-obnoxiously-in-public" funny, sarcastic at times but also a very spot-on insight about the Philippine society and culture. His writing is also very quotable. Some of my favorites are:
"Lalaking labas na ang boxers sa sobrang baba ng pantalon. Alam namin na mahal ang Calvin Klein. Pero...hindi mo naman kasing-katawan si Mark Wahlberg."
"That sex video scandals have the power to thankfully eclipse news items like Dionisia Pacquaio's ballroom-dancing debut."
"Andaming nagugutom sa mundo, abs pa rin ang problema niyo."
A book worthy of multiple rereads. It's that good....more
I was a little hesitant to read this because someone said that it has a similar feel to Lord of the Flies (which I didn't like, except for the last 5I was a little hesitant to read this because someone said that it has a similar feel to Lord of the Flies (which I didn't like, except for the last 5 chapters). But you know what? I think this is even more disturbing than Lord of the Flies.
This is the first Mishima I've ever read and the one thing that really struck me was how spot-on he is with characterization and how it really makes you understand a character's way of thinking. You might understand the characters but let's not kid ourselves: they're not relatable at all. They're flawed, twisted, a bit warped on the head and not completely satisfied with their lives.
I love how the writing is all gorgeous and flowing and then you realize how utterly dark the contents are. (For someone like me, whose major is related to psychology, I was definitely fascinated at how Freudian the dynamics are among Noboru, his mother, and Ryuji.)
I'd rather not spoil what happens besides what has been provided in the synopsis. Although, I'll tell you that I could spend weeks discussing what could have happened after the last chapter.
One of these days, I will definitely read this again because, for such a short book, it made me think a lot.
(P.S. Disclaimer: not for animal lovers, especially kitties. Don't tell me I didn't warn you.)...more