Friday, April 23, 2010

A Separate Peace; A Book review


How can you send someone you love into a catastrophe? How can you hurt them and you end up hurting yourself even more?

This is the resonating thought that the book “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles brings. Two young gentlemen bonded not only in the corners of Devon School but more than that they are bonded of a special friendship. Finny & Gene are vibrant spirits ready to face the world even if it is at war but what drives one to hurt the other and thus lead both of them changed and hurt forever.

The book might be short but it is beautifully written. I want to share my favourite phrase:

“Very gradually, like one instrument after another being tentatively rehearsed, beacons of colour began to pierce the sky. The ocean perked up a little from the reflection of these coloured slivers in the sky. Bright high lights shone on the tips of the waves, and beneath its gray surface I could see lurking a deep midnight green.....as pure as the shores of Eden.”

A beautiful description of the sea while the sun is rising. You could not describe it more beautiful than that.

I really did not mind the details that the late author wrote because it was descriptive and beautiful at the same time. It is an easy read to a point that it might get predictable but I ignored the thought because the author wrote it simply well.

I give this book a three and half out of five stars.


M.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Reading in Paradise


I am lucky to be reading here in Paradise.
To find out where please visit www.thecovehousepanglao.com
M.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

TOP 5 Summer Must Read


If you are going on a summer holiday I encourage everyone to bring a book or two to read. Either way you can always read a book this summer. So here are my top five summer must reads:

1) Beneath A Marble Sky by John Shors- I have chosen this novel because it is an epic story based on the eternal beauty that is Taj Mahal. It is not limited to how the Taj Mahal is built but it is also a story of adventure, love, deceit and plots and a novel based on exotic India is always appealing. A PAGE TURNER!!


2) The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho- this novel might be short but it will put readers to ponder on themselves but more than that on LIFE too. I highly recommend this book because in a way it has influence me in a positive way. It triggers thoughts within readers on what we are missing in life. And if you are in a search for yourself this book might change you this summer.


3) Love In A Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez- this will always be a classic summer must read for me because it involves LOVE, an overwhelming love that contains someone. The setting is beautiful which is in Colombia and the plot is undying.


4) Odyssey by Homer – I chose this one because age will never tire classics like this. It is very refreshing to go back to classics plus it involves travel.


5) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert- this too will always be one of my highly recommend books to read during summer. It doesn’t only involve a woman’s quest in looking for herself in this modern world but it involves travel, food, and romance. A great combination all wrapped in one memoir.


So these are my top five SUMMER MUST READS. If you want more recommendation don’t hesitate to ask. I hope you will have a gorgeous summer.


M.