Friday, April 9, 2010

The Color Purple; A Book Review

Would it be strange if I say books tend to pop out of the shelves eager for me to read its pages? Because this one did it was hidden in a corner shelf and only two copies were sold but it called to me. Again this current read of mine is something I have to wait, I have to be patient like the main character of the novel so that I too can grasp its meaning; Celie, the ever so patient Celie of “The Color Purple” written by Alice Walker.

I have heard of “The Color Purple” years ago but since it is an old book it was really hard to find a copy in the bookstore nor have I seen the film until today. Sadly the Philippines too don’t have good libraries so I waited with patience. I am happy though that I did for the books that I have read recently have one common thought “Growing through Spirituality”. The books that I have read recently have linked accidentally and unexpectedly one to the other that made me think....what is LIFE’S ESSENCE?

I know I was into something really good just by reading the preface of the novel. Alice wrote “ remains for me the theological work examining the journey from the religious back to the spiritual...” that for me is important and that I was about to read a book that will linger in me and I was right.

Dear God,

That is how the story begun how Celie confide her worries to someone greater than her we all call God. The first letter written by Celie to him was full of hurt which in turn made her a strong woman. Celie is an epitome of patience and strength. Just as she said when she is beaten by her daddy or by her husband Mr. ------ she thinks of herself as tree so she won’t feel anything. She did not realize that for her to think of herself as a tree she grew and grew and grew with strength, patience and wisdom.

I thought at first that the novel was about the classic story of slavery but I was wrong. It still has the thought of slavery but within the backyard of the black people. Men mistreat their woman just because she is more than that because she is a black woman. How hard life can it be to be in Celie’s shoes? Very hard but very inspiring indeed. Her journey will bring her to meet different people especially women like her which will help her to grow and change for the better.

As what Shug Avery (Celie’s friend) told her which for me one of the essences of the story is:

“God is inside you and inside everybody else. You come into the world with God. But only them that search for it inside find it. And sometimes it just manifest itself even if you not looking, or don’t know what you looking for. Trouble do it for most folks, I think. Sorrow, lord. Feeling shit.”

This novel empowers not only women but for anyone who is open to grow as a person.

I give this novel a five out of five.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Life Of Pi; A Book Review

“I know what you want. You want a story that won’t surprise you. That will confirm what you already know. That won’t make you see higher or further or differently.”

Life of Pi

It is the one quote that readers of the book “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel should take into consideration once you have finished reading it. I was intrigued by the book for some time but I was torn because the reviews for the novel are both good and bad. Now that I have read it I will put on my review.

First of all I want to give a brief description of what the story is all about. “Life Of Pi” is a story of survival, of a sixteen year old boy named Piscine Molitor Patel who got stranded in a life boat with a two hundred fifty pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Why is the story interesting for me? Because it reminds me of a classic story; “The Jungle Book” also I wanted to know if Pi has survived this ordeal and if there is something he has learned from the circumstances that I too can learn.

The book for me has high points and low ones. The first chapter, the base of the story was really interesting on how the author defines animals and their instincts, and on how human beings are different from them. He will also redefine a Zoo for you. More than that he gives a good thought about religion and God this for me are the high points. The second chapter will bring readers to the essence of the story SURVIVAL. I honestly got bored since there were too many details that I believe not essential for my reading; sometimes I just want the author to get to the point like describing on how Pi meticulously constructed a raft which for me was unnecessary. The third chapter would give readers the truth of the story.

The novel for me failed in a way since the last chapter gave it all away in just a few pages. I don’t want to dissuade readers but I got disappointed after reading the last chapter. But I always say my reviews are based on my views, if you are still interested please read the book if not then you won’t lose anything. In my opinion I don't understand why it received the Man Booker Prize since it lacks something.....something essentially gripping that all readers can relate to.
Im giving it a two and half stars out of five.