Your Next Read, According to Me!

Last week, I received a request (via comment box, yes) asking me to list down some of my personal book recommendations  that I think everyone should read.  I haven’t been much into reading lately since I’m still oscillating between the demands of grad school and the large pile of work that needs to be done in time.   Right now, I’m currently reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes From Underground – a very difficult novel, something that requires a higher sensibility, of which I cannot fully give this time around.  So my reading pace lately is slow and halting, but only because I want to experience what Dostoyevsky probably wanted me to experience as well – to eclipse into “the underground” and to look into myself, in a very existentialist manner.  A little bit scary, but most of the time enlightening.

Truth to be told, I have so much books to recommend! But I’ll try to limit the list to a three, a list that constitutes some of my personal favorites.  Of course, I threw in some of the reasons why.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 

Even William Faulkner said this novel was the best book ever written ever.  If I have to think about my most favorite novel then I wouldn’t have any second thought of choosing this one.  You probably have read hundreds of reviews about this novel but what I like best about it is that it is both an “external and internal narrative”.  A lot of people find this book too difficult to read.  Much of this “inaccessibility” is because the prose requires a lot of thinking while reading it.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Lately, I’m too engrossed with the sixties culture and I was recently introduced to Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.  I’ve never read a prose anything like this one – it’s erratic and very beat; it’s the rhythm of everyday life pulsating through you.  Which is a good thing by the way.  I found it hard to get through the book on the outset; I wasn’t used to this kind of prose style as I spent much of my time reading the sophisticated and refined prose styles of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Richard Yates, Vladimir Nabokov, etc.  Kerouac’s prose was something new for me but once I got the hang of it, it was liberating.  He was a prolific speed freak in his words but on an everyday basis, aren’t we all?

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

This is not your average romance novel although the subject is very much cliched in both in literature and film:  a marriage gone sour.  But Richard Yates has a different approach to presenting this subject and this is why I consider his Revolutionary Road the quintessential marriage novel.  Yates is very subtle when it comes to dealing with emotions.  This is not an ordinary, murky romance novel – this is life.

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Movie Marathon

I was delighted that all the PG peeps managed to watch the movie Slumdog Millionaire in the boarding house.

It’s been raining for weeks, and need I say that it’s a perfect time to watch a movie, while drinking coffee/milk and hugging your own pillow? Yes, last week we watch Slumdog Millionaire and we all agreed that Dev Patel was gorgeous. Two weeks before that we watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and we said the same thing. Last night, we watched the movie Revolutionary Road, and it was so good! I just love the movie and both Leonardo and Kate still have that chemistry we once witnessed in Titanic. I’m kinda curious about the book from where the movie was inspired, written by Richard Yates.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for The Reader – I’ve heard it’s one hell of a movie. 🙂

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

I find Slumdog Millionaire excellent and for me, the movie was deserving to win the most-coveted Best Picture award in the 2009 Academy Awards, but I can’t deny that the Brad Pitt movie was more “emotionally searing” for me. Oh well, both have their own ways of entertaining people, and I love both Dev and Brad! Now, after last night, I prefer the Revolutionary Road than Slumdog, but I prefer Benjamin Button than Revolutionary Road. Laughs

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I’ve been busy this semester so I haven’t watched as much movies as any moviegoer would peek. So, if I have time, I want to watch these movies:

  1. Burn After Reading

  2. The Departed

  3. The International

  4. The Reader

  5. Valkyrie

  6. Wanted

  7. Dark Knight

  8. Changeling

  9. The Wrestler