January- The Monthly Recap

This post is all about what was posted this month on Confessions of a Readaholic.

BOOK REVIEWS posted this month:

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Book Review: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

“What in life is more personal than books?” -Gabreille Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a stunningly written piece by Gabrielle Zevin, it’s a love letter to all the books ad readers. It displays a great example of the fact that a reader’s life is closely melded together with written words in the form of books.

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems has been stolen. Continue reading “Book Review: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin”

Book Review: House and Philosophy- Everybody Lies

After watching more than hundred monotonous episodes of HOUSE M.D., I still find Dr. Gregory House one of the most challenging and a bit complex protagonist/antagonist of all the television shows I have watched. Believe me, that’s what I have been doing on New Year’s Eve. Reading it.

House, if one closely observes, can be of those influential characters in the life of a curious person. Characters that would stick with you. Another one would be, Sherlock Holmes.

House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies, edited by Henry Jacoby is a collection of essays in the series created by Bill Irwin of philosophical examinations of various popular, even iconic television shows or films. The series explores a range of shows from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the function of superheroes in our culture to animated series like South Park.  Continue reading “Book Review: House and Philosophy- Everybody Lies”

Book Review: When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti

Set among the scenic Shivalik hills of Shimla when mobile phones and internet were non-existent, this is a story of how an average young teenager comes to terms with his destiny.

When She Smiled is a perfect for a one day, light read and the narrative description of the content by the author is quite attractive. This ability would keep any reader interested into the book.

The plot revolves around Mrityunjoy Roy or Joy, a fifteen year old Bengali boy who has spent the last ten years of his life growing up in Shimla. While his family is completely academically oriented, he wants something more. Finally he meets Akanksha in school, who turns his world upside down with her gorgeous looks and mind-boggling smile. As fate would have it, she joins his Physics tuition, and thus begins the torrid year of puppy love, romance, heartbreak, tragedy, and self discovery. Continue reading “Book Review: When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti”

Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and Other Prose Writings by Sylvia Plath

Being endured by an obsession with Sylvia Plath, I had waited too long to get my hands on this book. This is book is interesting for a multitude of reasons. The main reason being it’s Sylvia Plath’s proses, not poems. Previously, I had read The Bell Jar and her Journals, and certainly I was more fascinated by her journals rather her only novel.

This collection of her proses, short stories and a few pieces from Cambridge notes which were sad but also enthralling, written in time and some published here and there while others not, starts with a Ted Hughes introduction. Continue reading “Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and Other Prose Writings by Sylvia Plath”

Guest Post- Living in the Language Silently by Hán Ruì yà

If you guys remember that last year, last month, I informed about the guest blogger program I’ll be hosting this year. If  you did not, check the link: Guest Blogger Program. In short: Each month, I’ll be publishing a post written & submitted by a fellow blogger. For more details, or if you are interested in becoming a part of it, click on the aforementioned link.


 

Living in the Language Silently

by Hán Ruì yà

Perhaps WIT says, we all are living under the net of language, these words always make me feel uncomfortable. While sitting in a park, watching chirping birds, flowing streams, floral fragrances, colorful blossoms, blue sky or walking along the waves at a seashore, silence is everywhere in my surroundings.

Once I asked myself, “Are these sea-waves silent?” Perhaps. But they are making sounds; these waves are communicating with me; they are attracting me… silently.

I have been in search of silence since long. I want to be silent…; but how do I remain silent if I myself is full of words. Yes, my thoughts. After all silence itself is a seven letters word s-i-l-e-n-c-e. Oh! My God! How can I comprehend its meaning? I feel my mind is tossing like sea waves. Where is silence? How do I know its meaning? Where do I find silence? Who tells me?  Continue reading “Guest Post- Living in the Language Silently by Hán Ruì yà”

BOOK REVIEW: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

This is my first David Mitchell novel and I went for it after watching bits from the movie of the same title the other night. The fact that six stories indulged, intrigued my curiosity to the highest node. Cloud Atlas to me, appeared as a puzzle more than a book. The hexa-combinational book offers a reader six adventures and promise him to have a delightful, mind-boggling experience. This promise is provided by David Mitchell’s writing. It is one of the best book written in last decade that focuses on the structural part and there is no doubt about it.

I can truly understand the feeling when a reader tempted to read Mitchell’s words, coming across the content page and notices the book offers six different point of views which are written over a journal, a series of letters, a novel, a movie, an interview, and the ordinary storytelling. Each point of view is place in a different time, starting from 1850s up to post-apocalyptic world. Each narration is different from the other, consciously, and that is where I thought I’d like to say, ‘Hats off to David Mitchell’. I, myself, tried imagining how an author could indulge himself into six recitals simultaneously and giving a radical touch to each of them. And there only two ways my imagination could hold up to. First, writing each part separately by keeping in mind to amalgamate them later. Second way is to write them as in their present form. I don’t know which way worked out for David Mitchell but whatsoever, it did worked out quite well. A clever idea. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell”