My only requirement when looking at houses. #SpaceForBookshelves
1. Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Brontë
2. Talk, Talk by T.C. Boyle
3. The Humourist by Russell Kane
4.Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
6. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
7. Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
8. 1984 by George Orwell
9. This Side of Paradise by F.Scott Fitzgerald
10. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
I’ll start off with this, and see if I can add a few more or on later. A couple of months of intense reading will do me good I suspect. I cannot wait for my studies to end.
Perfect Timing - Clarke Little
Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
—The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
The tale is about a young boy going by the name of Seth, who lives with his parents and younger brother Owen who suffers from abuse-related mental health problems. More Than This follows the “life” (this term is to be used loosely when reading) of Seth after having been taken by the cold, gorging ocean. And within the first few couple of chapters, he finds himself completely isolated from all signs of life in familiar surroundings. Of course in none other than the streets of England where he had played and grown up as a child before moving to America (for what his mother calls a “fresh start”).
Patrick Ness has an excellent knack for creating an aura of suspense and tension, for me, this is predominately expressed via < The Driver > whose presence alone entices the reader the go on. However the absence of purpose and reason, whilst trying to create a sense of mystery, is used in excess. The reader must travel through far too many pages before any real progression appears to begin.
Seth reflects on his life (pre-getting his skull smashed against a rock in the sea) and we learn to understand his circumstances, the emotions passing through his mind and how he intends to deal with them (or rather not as the case turns out). He feels confined and hopeless, lacking something essential… which is what the story revolves around. Seth finding his “more”, he wants to find more than this. Seeing as life has left him with great dissatisfaction.
My favourite character by far is the loveable, small Polish-speaking side kick –slash- petit guardian angel, who never seems to be given enough credit for his countless heroic deeds. Tomasz softens the intensity and hardships of the story and provides a little light-hearted humour which undeniably makes this a far more pleasant and appealing read. The elements of pain, loss and heart ache are cleverly balanced by the little Tomasz (who makes his appearance far too late in the book in my view!). It was easy enough to get attached to his character with every chapter, seeing his strength and persistence becomes beneficial to the adventure the characters must face.
There are some very intriguing concepts which allows the book to attach itself to your thoughts even after having read it. However the ending was not satisfying in the least but on reflection, that seems appropriate. The idea that life can be unsatisfactory and uncertain to some is one that is carried throughout More Than This.
An alluring, if a little strained, read.
Read from March 09 to 14, 2014
I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.
—David Levithan, Every Day (via bookmania)
The comfortable, welcoming leather furniture.
The tranquil atmosphere screaming with the stories waiting to be read.
Spines waiting to be stroked and adored.
Nothing can beat the pure pleasure of visiting a bookshop.
—Where pleasant and colourful people reside.
"Sometimes to discover a solution is to forget the problem."