Friday, July 6, 2012

My Book Shelf

Hi Bookies!!

Not much going on for except savouring a good book. As a little breather from writing book reviews. I just want to share with you my little collection of books. In an island this collection is already considered a "mini library". We are very proud of it as our good friends do come to us for book recommendations and yes they somehow go home with a book or two. No library cards here yet just sharing our love for books and reading.




We have a wide range of book selection in the house. From classical literature to fiction and non-

fiction. My favourite genre is of course fiction. This is the paper back section.



This is the hard bound section. Our book collection is growing :)





Have a good weekend bookies and indulge in that book!



M.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Pride and Prejudice - A Book Review

There is a sharp contrast if one is reading classic literature from the popular best-seller books today. I always believe that anyone should put a mind set before picking up a good classic like Jane Austen novels. I must admit that I was hesitant to pick up Austen books for the mere reason that the type of writing is totally different in comparison to how authors write now. Take for example this quote:

“If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.”
Pride & Prejudice

I am used to reading simple verses if I may say. So if this quote is written today it would be:

“If a woman likes a man and she is not hesitant to show him her interest, he must obviously know and oblige her.”

Hahahaha! Or something like that. Close to that if I am not mistaken.

You see it is quite a challenge to read classics because for obvious reasons that the plot of classical literature is base on the “pop culture” at that time on what was considered to be “IN”.

So I was up for a challenge as I ran out of reading a good book and “Pride & Prejudice" was lounging for too long in our bookshelf so finally I decided to flip its pages. Now before you read any Jane Austen novel one must consider that women those days are expected to marry within their class, or even marry their relatives for the sake of succession and wealth. If not one must marry for convenience, security was more important than love. Love was trivial!



And so “Pride and Prejudice” starts with this quote:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.”

And so when a handsome and handsomely wealthy gentleman moved into a quiet English town of Meryton the Bennets were up for a surprise especially because the Bennets is comprised of the Mr. & Mrs. and five daughters which can only mean that all five are in search and in need of a suitable husband. Wealth was the top priority that Mrs. Bennet needed for any future husbands to be for her five daughters and comically stubborn as she is Mrs. Bennet is not taking NO for an answer. He needs to have at least 4000 pounds a year for him to be considered as appealing. 4000 a year was indeed a vast amount of money which this handsomely wealthy gentlemen have and so the Mrs. was keen, indeed very keen to “auction” her daughters to the new comer in town, and so our story begins.

Mr. Bingley settles in Meryton with him he brings the upper class air of London society but more importantly he brought with him the ever indignant and full of pride and infamous Mr. Darcy. So will these gentlemen ever find a suitable match enough for their wealth and stature? Or will they find that country girls are too drab or even uncompromising, as uncompromising as our protagonist Elizabeth.
I find the whole novel very interesting! Comical and romantic at the same time. How people change their views of someone simple because they have wealth and status in society. Some marry for love but when the tides get rough will they end up having regrets of marrying for sentiment, and preferring to marry for security sake instead? Will our protagonist marry for love? Or will Elizabeth marry for security? Which weighs in better?

After reading the novel I obviously went into “youtube research” and luckily found films/series dedicated to “Pride & Prejudice” and so it put more definition into the book. I think it has become rewarding to read “Pride & Prejudice” simply because it gave me a good contrast of how authors write then and now. I must admit I prefer classical authors they are so refined in their work and they take so much pride in their stories.

This would not be my last Jane Austen read, because of “Pride & Prejudice” I am now in a quest for more classical read.

I give this book a 4 out of 5.

Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book for not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.

M.









Monday, July 2, 2012

The Hours- MUST READ & WATCH

Most films today are based on well written books and it might not be recent but “The Hours” would have to be one of my favourite film adaptations. A MUST READ & WATCH!




Please read my book review for this book here:

The Hours- Book review






Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book as not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.



M.






Sunday, July 1, 2012

Value of Classical Literature



Many of us when we enter a bookshop the first thing that welcomes us are the best sellers of the month. Like you, I too would have a good look at some of them preferably on the fiction genre. I would grab a particular book and read its synopsis. Some of them to be honest with you.....well what can I say.....I couldn’t comprehend on why they end up on the “Best Sellers” list. Actually I really do not believe in the term. It is more like the “Band wagon” list.

I have no qualms about it but some of the books these days are a little bit shallow and mediocre, for me anyway, some books today lack meat in them. Anyone can write and have their work publish even a blonde Hollywood starlet can write and be an author. It has become too commercialised.

So a few of us go to thrift books shops which is my preference compared to the pretty, sanitised commercialised book stores. What I love about these book thrift shops aside from value for money is that the books you are buying have its own history already. Someone has read it which makes it valuable, plus it is a very good way to recycle too. I barely buy new books these days unless it is a MUST READ. Actually most of my owned books are second hand and I am very proud that they are. Gives them character!

What got me thinking about this topic is because for a long time that I have spent in bookstores thrift or not I always had ignored Jane Austen. I do understand the value of good classic authors but sometimes they can get very tedious and if you have to re wire your brain (so to speak) if you read something written by Jane Austen because the manner of writing then is absolutely different from today. I was up for a challenge as I ran out of a good book to read and “Pride and Prejudice” was lounging in my bookshelf for a quite some time and so I decided to read it. In fact I got this copy from a book thrift shop. I have to be honest I wanted to read it because I wanted to know who is this infamous Mr. Darcy which later on I was properly introduced and yes he does have a lot of pride.

This blog would be my prequel to my review for “Pride and Prejudice”. Reading classic literature makes me realise how and why these classical books and authors lasted for years and generations. This would not be my first classic book but I can always compare the works of authors then and now. There is no doubting that writing then was a profound type of art form. The only books that were published at that time were the ones that triggered human emotions and intellect and sadly today these books are a challenge to find.

I also find it a previledge to read classic literature as one must consider even Kings and Queens then and now have been drawn to read these literary masterpeice.

So I am on a book journey now on good literary classics starting with Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Do await my book review for it.

Please read this interesting insight of Mr. Darcy and a brief look of author Ms. Jane Austen as well.

What Mr. Darcy's really thinking....

M.