A Strong Voice

“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta.”

When it comes to an interesting character voice – for me, nothing beats the character of Prof. Humbert Humbert from Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Arguably, he can be seen as nothing but a disturbed pedophile but no one can deny how good he is in the command of the language (credits go for Tolstoy here) – something in the way Humbert Humbert talks will persuade anyone that he is Continue reading

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Christmas Vacation and my Christmas Books

piles of books (whew!)

piles of books (whew!)

Christmas break finally started last week. I was so thrilled because there seems to be lots of things to do in the Christmas break! For one thing, I miss watching anime because I was too busy finishing my end-of-the-year-papers. And I miss sleeping, waking up late in the morning, and having much time to smell and sip my morning coffee.

I’ve been reading a lot of books (at least, starting to read) lately. I’m doing routines stuffs every vacation breaks since I usually stay at home the whole day (I don’t like going out that much). So my normal day would be eating, sleeping, watching TV, reading, or chatting in the internet.

So back to the books, I’m reading –
Happy Endings by Luis Joaquin Katigbak. I just finished my required book review (in one of my major subjects) and I chose this book without hesitation because I like the book myself. That’s a plus – at least, I didn’t have a hard time doing my homework.
The Selected Poetry of Rainier Maria Rilke – I’m not really ‘scrutinizing’ the poems, I’m just reading 2-3 poems each day. If I understand it, good. If I don’t, then nothing happens. Probably in the future I’d be able to understand most of his poems (they’re difficult to understand, but there is something in the poems that you can feel, and I don’t know what’s this mysterious emotion). One of my favorite poems is the one with the first line, “World was in the face of the beloved.” That sentence says so much, it feels like it’s a whole story already.
The Great Divorce by CS Lewis. I love CS Lewis. I read his Narnia series and I came to like the author very much. When I stumbled upon this book in the library I thought this might be interesting, so I borrowed it.
An Anthology of Aesthetic Theory – I miss critical theories (honestly!) so I’m still reading a few art theories, theories of interpretation, treatise, etc. In intense moments of concentration, I find the readings really pleasurable (treatise that are not discussed in class, of course). I love Criticism class and I love theories. I don’t know why is this, but through studying it, it paved a way for a much wider perspective on looking at things. And critical theories in literature are not boring (at least, not all of them) entirely.

Lolita

Lolita

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – I just downloaded the ebook of this story, and well, when I first read the first few lines of the book, I was immediately hooked to the story. The translated version feels as if it’s pure poetry! It’s lovely to read it aloud, you can feel the words being chewed in your mouth, sort of, like ice cream.

Sigh. I wish I have lots of books to read. And I hope that I have lots of time to read them. Well, anyway, time has its own way to draw itself to us, and we, as humans, have to deal with them in anyway that we can. Happy Christmas everyone!

On Set December

I’ve been busy for these past few days but now I’m up for good. Let’s just say I’m kind of well-adjusted for this term. The second semester kicked off with a blast of assignments – week after week of papers, reports and presentations – and now we have entered the month of December! Cool huh? With this month comes Christmas break of which I’m really looking forward to. And the Kampo Girls (also known as the ‘PG Era girls’) have finalized our Christmas party plan before the break comes in. It’s going to be really fun!

Here’s my wishlist for this month:

  • A Death Note manga guidebook – I saw one in eBay when I was surfing some anime goodies, and this one really interests me. I’m a Death Note fan, and the guidebook, which is called as Death Note 13: How to Read is so amazing since it features lots of data about the manga series and the Death Note character profiles.
  • A Blood+ Complete DVD Series – Yes, I mean who wouldn’t? Blood+ is one of the most amazing anime shows that I have ever seen.
  • Book: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – I’ve been meaning to buy this book but I can’t seem to find a copy in ‘an affordable price’ if you know what I mean – whether in book shops or second-hand book sales. I’ll buy one if I’m rich enough [laughs].