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The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time ( A semi- book review)

June 7, 2012 2 comments

I was searching for something to buy one time I’m at the mall. I wanted to buy something for myself because I’m too sad that day. I tried looking on book-thrift stores and music stores.

Before going home, I finally went to National Bookstore. I prefer buying here because I have a membership card. I tried Powerbooks but they pulled out their membership.

Anyway, I searched for Haruki Murukami and Paulo Coelho. I need to have any book from them. (I’ll just leave this story on my next book blog). On my way to the cashier, a book captured my interest. That red book with an upside down silhouette of a dog. The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time.

The Book (Photo by Hannah Nacis (me))

I read it’s plot from the book’s back cover. What captured me was the main character, Christopher. He was a gifted fifteen year old boy who is autistic. I remembered the movie “Mozart and the Whale” which has got to do about autism.

And also, I am really into books who features children.

Reading the book put me into a trance. It’s as if I’m inside the book and experiencing it. I also remembered my Dad. It also reminded me of my Geometry class back in highschool. I was so dumbfounded in every geometry problems we are solving. I am good at math but geometry was an exception for me.

Have you ever come to something you saw on tv or read in a book or magazine then later you actually experienced it? I don’t know how to word out my thoughts about this but I did experience such thing.

Some quotes I like:

“On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.”

“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”

“Lots of things are mysteries. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t an answer to them. It’s just that scientists haven’t found the answer yet.”

“And then I thought that I had to be like Sherlock Holmes and I had to detach my mind at will to a remarkable degree so that I did not notice how much it was hurting inside my head.”

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”

I know the feeling behind these quotes. Reading these made me nod my head to things especially when I’m sad.

I remembered something I read which is something like this,

“A certain book waits to be read at the right time. It will call you to pick it up.”

I think this book is really timely for me. While reading it, I seem to forget my sadness and all the negativity I experienced. 🙂

The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time: 5 Thumbs Up

Enlightened through Brida (book by Paulo Coelho)

May 24, 2012 1 comment

It has been almost a week since I’ve been confused and out of myself. I’ve been thinking of too many things that I don’t know if there is a real problem. Talking to some of my friends made me more confused.

Back in college, I remembered picking up my first Paulo Coelho Book, BRIDA. Even though it’s expensive for me, it seemed that the book called me to pick it up the shelf. It’s ironic for me to buy this because I don’t know if I believe in Soul mates. Maybe that’s why I bought this, to know if I believe. To my surprise, I love the book (became a favorite) as well as the author.

Photo by Marc Mondelo

Remembering it’s story, I thought maybe I can find some answers here. I think Brida and I have the same situation. We are both searching for something. Searching for Love.

Anyway, I was too eager to read this so I finished it for almost a day (with breaks). As I turned the pages, it seemed that every learning of Brida is a learning for me. The answers that I needed were there. I was really enlightened with most passages there.

“…it isn’t true that you want to be alone”

I always tell myself that I need time alone, but the truth is, I need someone to talk to atleast.

“Is it possible to meet more than one Soul Mate..?

-Yes. And when that happens the heart is divided, and the result is pain and suffering.”

“We can also allow our Soul Mate to pass us by.”

I still don’t believe in Soul mates but there’s something that’s telling me that I’ve encountered another soul mate. I think he is really nearby. I can feel it, but I don’t know if he feels it. I’m like Brida. She has Lorens (boyfriend) but there’s Magus (her soul mate). Don’t get me wrong, I love my boyfriend and we’re happy, but there are things that you can’t control. If you’re in my situation, I think you’ll feel the same way as I did, Confused.

“…but what we see is not always what exists.”

As I mentioned, I just feel that he is one of my soul mates, but I don’t know if the feeling really exists. I just complicate things. 😛

“You have to take risks, follow some paths, and abandon others.”

‘Perhaps the times when “it” goes wrong are teaching you something.”

“She was confused about her own feelings. She was defending herself from something she couldn’t understand.”

“Always take the decisions you need to take, even you’re not sure you’re doing the right thing.”

There comes a time that even though you don’t understand a thing, you just have to deal with things and hope that it will work out for the best. 🙂

Choosing to read Brida again is a good call. I’ve been so paranoid and a little depressed because of confusion and Brida helped me figure out things.

BRIDA: 5 THUMBS UP (okay I’m Biased. 😛 )

One good thing that I realized is that there are people who can’t be replaced easily with someone new. 🙂

Peksman (mamatay ka man) Nagsisinungaling ako (At iba pang kuwentong kasinungalingan na di dapat paniwalaan) by Eros Atalia

May 8, 2012 Leave a comment

I think it took me two months to finish this book.174 pages yet I was not so fond of it.

My boyfriend told me about its author. I think Eros Atalia became my bf’s professor back in college. He tells me how good Sir Eros.

For Cinemalaya 2011, his writing Ligo na U, Lapit na me became an entry to the said  Film fest. We wanted to watch it but because it was commercialized (as what my bf said), it was sold out in its CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) show during Cinemalaya week. After awhile, it was rumored to have a mainstream show. We grabbed that opportunity to watch it. It was about Love, life, sex and friendship.

I was somehow fascinated by the film. So I decided why not try to read one of Eros Atalia’s work. Peksman (mamatay ka man) Nagsisinungaling ako (At iba pang kuwentong kasinungalingan na di dapat paniwalaan) was what I purchased in the bookstore. A friend read parts of Ligo na U Lapit na me and told me that her head hurts because of too much info overload. I can’t seem to understand her that time. After reading a few chapters of Peksman, I understood my friend. Peksman was written in Filipino but I thought that eventhough words weren’t that hard, it will give you time to read it once more until you understand what the Narrator’s talking about.


My bf tells me that Eros would like to  bring to the mass theories and facts that the specialists or bright people point out. It is really hard to understand, but I got his point.

In totality, I neither liked nor disliked Peksman. I just think that it’s out of my league.

Peksman (mamatay ka man) Nagsisinungaling ako (At iba pang kuwentong kasinungalingan na di dapat paniwalaan): *I don’t want to give thumbs up here because I neither like nor dislike it.

Norwegian Wood Book Review

May 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I just finished reading Haruki Murukami’s Norwegian Wood.

I was enticed to read it upon its title. There is got to be something related to The Beatles song, Norwegian Wood.

It was about Toru, telling his story about Naoko and her boyfriend Kizuki (Toru’s bestfriend in higschool). They shared the lose of Kizuki. While Toru finds himself at college, Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.Retreats from the real world. The only person who connects her from reality is Toru.

It was written in the last part that it was a love story that bore Haruki’s readers. It was said that it was some retreat from him. But for Haruki, it was a challenge to write a simple love story as opposed to autobiographicals.

I wasn’t aware that despite of how I was enticed with the author because of this book, the comment of the readers that this one is boring didn’t made me stop. But because of Norwegian Wood, I will surely read more of his books.

Reading the last few pages of the book made me feel that somehow I am mature and grown up. I changed since I don’t know when. I just know I did. I can say that at some point in the story, there are funny moments. But come to think of it, nostalgia, sadness and Mono no aware are all present. I think that it is how Japanese interpret their life. Happiness comes for a little while then fades afterwards.

Norwegian Wood: 4 Thumbs Up

*In some parts of the novel, I found myself lost. It’s as if I am still looking for some more thoughts. Anyway, it was a good book. 🙂
*And because I am done reading the book, I will surely watch the movie. I’ve been wanting to do so after seeing its trailer.

Daddy Long Legs Book Review

May 6, 2011 4 comments

I was so sad that the only book that I was searching is almost out of stock to all bookstores I went. They told me that DLL is made to order or for special order, in this way, it will be more expensive. 😦

I was about to give up, but thankfully, Powerbooks called me saying that it had arrived.

I used to remember the old cartoon Judy Abbott. I always watched it back then.  A friend told me that a sort of Korean Adaptation was made.

Anyway, I think I have this thing about young adults’ books such as Daddy Long legs, The Little Prince, the Secret Garden and such.. Maybe they give me a certain feeling, a feeling of being young, always young. 🙂

Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster - Random House publisher

Daddy Long Legs is about an orphan named Jerusha(later became Judy) Abbott. She was about to leave the orphanage and thankfully, one Trustee of the home was enticed after hearing her essay. He, then, wants to send Judy to college to become a writer. Judy just needs to write a letter to him once a month to tell him about how she is on her studies. Judy, without seeing him and know nothing about him, only saw his shadow and decides to call him Daddy Long Legs. This novel will bring you to places and will make you see a different point of view (POV).

Jean Webster, the author, being a social activist and such adopts some of her real stories in the novel.

I was totally into it. It is seldom that I finish a book within a day. Like the Little Prince, I was so enticed into Daddy Long Legs that I finished it for almost 10 hours or less. Everytime I see some interesting words, i will look it up in my dictionary(yet i forget them easily.lol). I also got a lot of interesting sayings from the book. Learnings such as about college, friends, love and life are to be seen in the novel. Here are some sayings from the book:

“Some of the girls sell their textbooks when they’re through with them, but I intend to keep mine. Then after i’ve graduated I shall have my whole education in a row in the bookcase and when I need to use any detail, I can turn to it without the slightest hesitation. So much easier and more accurate than trying to keep it in your head.”

“I think that everyone, no matter how many troubles he may have when he grows up, ought to have a happy childhood to look back upon.”

“It is funny how certain places get connected with certain people, and you never go back without thinking of them.”

I did learn a lot from the book. I thought of it as to be an entertainment, but it seems that I was taught with some life lessons.

Daddy Long Legs: 5 Thumbs up!!

* One of the saleslady told me that one publisher have Jean Webster’s Daddy Long Legs and Dear Enemy in one book. I wasn’t aware that Dear Enemy (about Sallie Mcbride-Judy’s roomate) was the sequel of DLL. I’ll buy it as soon as I have my own room.(real soon) 🙂

Collins Classics (Publisher review)

May 4, 2011 Leave a comment

I like reading classical novels especially during summer. My slack days are filled with Classical novels.hehe. Some publishers offer cheaper rates for classics while others a more expensive copy.

Collins Classic. I can’t find anything about them.amf. All I find is the recordings with the same title..

Anyway, after opening my first copy from them which is Persuasion, I felt that I made the right choice to buy from them. The quality of the paper is nice. The texture of it and the cover made me take care of it more. It has also a mini dictionary of words at the back, yet it hadn’t helped me because most words that I don’t know are not included. It costs P125, a good price for a copy of your favorite classics.

Collins classics: 3 thumbs up 

Persuasion Book Review

May 4, 2011 Leave a comment

After a month of sloppily reading Persuasion by Jane Austen, I’ve just finished it.

It wasn’t long eversince I’ve been wanting to read this book. I don’t have any expectations about the book. I just wanted to read it.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

This classical novel by Jane Austen tells about the life in society in the 18th century. It doesn’t only portrait enduring love but also hope and determination not only by Anne(protagonist) but also of Captain Wentworth. Struggles from family, relatives and friends didn’t stop both from persuading each other.

Just like other novels, it ends after a quick climax. The exposition part is really longer than the climax upto the ending. This made it enticing (for me perhaps).

Somehow, the story itself made the writer of the Lakehouse (Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock) include it in the plot of the movie. 🙂

Persuasion: 3 THUMBS UP!