Book Review : The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

“Love requires sacrifice, but it’s worth it.”

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My Rating : *3.5 Stars*

This book was one hell of a long read, indeed The Longest Ride. I read it continuously for 14 hours followed by the movie,ya.

I bought this book few years back(from a second hand bookstore), but I couldn’t make myself read it. I mean 450 pages of romance are you kidding me?(that’s quiet a lot).

But let me be honest with you, I saw the movie trailer and then I saw Scott Eastwood playing Luke. Well, that made me read this book, beauty can make you do anything.

 

Two stories separated by time, connected by fate.

In this book two stories are told concurrently; one of Sophia and Luke and the other of Ira and Ruth.

I liked both the love stories, and let me tell you they both were totally different, but Sparks tried to tie two storylines together and he did that very nicely and neatly.

But in my opinion, I liked the movie better.

The story was nice, not perfect or the best out there. However I still enjoyed it and there were few aspects that I really liked.

The ending? Just fine.

I wouldn’t say this book is my favorite. However I can say I really liked the movie,it made me cry and it was beautiful. Worth watching.

I also liked the movie much better because there were few scenes that reminded me of few of my good memories, like the scene when they go on their first date and few others. So ya for me the movie turned out to be something more.

I know it’s a book review, but I’m just saving your time. Go watch the movie.

Book Review : Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

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My Rating : *5 Stars*

Wow! this book is just wow. I remember, in 2014 I watched this short film called Wanderers, and you know I loved it. I have read few more books by Carl Sagan, but I got to know about this book after watching this video.

 

And after reading this book, I can say that it was my favorite book of the year 2015 and I’m very happy that I ended my year with this book.

If I talk about Carl Sagan, do you know what separate him or distinguish him from other brilliant people out there? His excitement and enthusiasm with which he express himself. You can feel it in his writing. And I liked how he can explain things with such simplicity, while maintaining the beauty.

I would say this book is glorious and it makes me wonder, it illuminates me, through a light on the significance of our lives, and how special we are.

He quoted in the book:

“The Universe seems designed for human beings. It’s difficult to contemplate these circumstances without experiencing stirrings of pride and reassurance. The entire Universe, made for us! We must really be something.”

In this world, as of now we are the only living, thinking beings and we should really be happy with all that we have and all that surrounds us!

Pale Blue Dot refers to the Earth in the great vastness of the Universe. However small it may appear from that distance, but it is so much more to us. For us it’s our world,the only known world which harbors life, sustain life, and it’s our home.

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest.

     But for us, it’s different. Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. In it everyone we love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being, who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam…

…The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

Think of how fucked up we will be, if we destroy this planet.

You know when ever I feel sad or depressed, I always listen to him, watch those videos that are available on YouTube and for some reason after listening to him I feel good, there is certain hope that he instill in me and then I just feel wonderful.

I love him and I’ll always remember him, for he made a huge impact in my life. He is truly irreplaceable.

These are few other quotes that I really like:

“We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, out willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.”

“The Universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.

“It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out.”

“Imagination will often carry us to the worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”

“The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together .”

“If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserve to be destroyed by the truth.”

“In all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.”

And there are many more…

So the conclusion is, read this book and then read his other books, and then watch those videos that are available on YouTube and then just enjoy the Universe.

Read it, you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Reading!

Book Review : The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato

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My Rating : *3 Stars*

What was the writer thinking…Really!

It should be sufficient to say that I am Juan Pablo Castel, the painter who killed Maria Iribarne.

This is how the story unfolds, the confession of a painter who killed a woman, who he was obsessed with.

I recently read a book called “The Stranger” by Albert Camus, which share the same theme as of this book, but if I compare both the main characters, they are worlds apart. On one hand, I for some reason loved the character of Merusault, on the other hand, I hated the character of Juan Pablo(I guess what I hate is this weird obsessive trait of his).

I have noticed this thing about me that when I read about weird terrifying situations, murders, criminals, or maybe freaky characteristics of a person(I mean his/her behavior), I never actually freak out or creep out. It is like my brain doesn’t consider hypothetical situations dangerous or weird. It is only when I actually face these situations or see them happening in front of me, or when I’m the victim, I feel terrified. But then other times, I’m just a chill out person.

Why am I saying all this?

While I was reading this book, and learning more about this character, I thought that maybe at some point of time I have met a certain person like this and that somehow I can associate this character of Juan Pablo to someone or some other character maybe from a movie.

Then I remembered that recently I watched a movie called “The Resident”(it maybe disturbing for some people). So, the theme of this movies is also based on frightening obsession of a person and desire. When I watched it, I found it to be a bit creepy. And now when I read this book, I can totally relate it to what I saw and how I felt, which is not so good.

Also last year, I came across this person, who I thought was a nice person, until the next day he actually started forcing himself unto me(well this can be frightening, I’m telling you). So what I did is turned myself into a badass bitch and shooed(not the right word,I guess) him off, right thing I did.

And it’s not always men, no no, don’t take me wrong with the examples I have quoted above. I recently read some where. This man went on a date with a woman. She was very quiet and it took a whole lot of work to make her speak. The next day he got home and saw a package in the mail box. Well inside that package were two wedding rings with a note “We are destined to be together” or may be “We are destined to be one”(I don’t remember well). He called her up and she asked, did you receive my package and said that she went to her psychic and that her psychic told her that we both are soulmates and we’ll be together forever. After listening to this he hung up the phone.

     Next day when he got back home, and saw that she was parked in his driveway to which he argued with her, that what the hell she think of herself that she came to his house uninvited. She replied, that this is not the kind of house she want, but they can live in it together until they get married. He asked her to leave and never return. She left and then the year followed, he got calls, love letters, emails everyday, to which he told her that nothing can happen between both of them, but to her, they were destined to be together.

Now you see what my point is, these kind of situations can be really terrifying, creepy and they literally give a whole lot of mental stress and can be annoying.

Out of all the examples I have quoted here, all these people(creepy people) were really interesting and wonderful for the first 25% of the total time they spent with the victims and then they opened up and turned out to be idiotically annoying and a whole lot of creepy, which I guess is so much for normal person to take and digest.

Similarly, the first 25% of this book, is very well crafted, beautifully written, interesting thoughts. It was good to read it, up until he met that woman and talked to her…

I hated his desperation and obsession with her, that was growing with every page that I was turning.

When I quoted those examples in the beginning, you might have noticed that the second person always tried to dissolve the situation. However in this case, the woman was also playing certain games…

But that was not it, he went to her house for receiving a letter, and discovered that she have a husband(blind husband), which I guess should be the point for him to lose hold of her and walk away to his different way.

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He opened that letter and read:

I think of you,too.

Maria

Instead that letter should be :

You see I have a husband, so now fuck off.

Maria

But no, madam had different plans. She wanted to deceive everyone and have it all.

This is what happens when you play with fire, you get hurt.

Well she got killed!

Her husband was actually blind, but the painter was blinded by his desperation, obsession and his blinding need to consume her all. He made himself a criminal, a murderer.

“There was one person who could have understood me. But she was the very person I killed.”

The starting was really good, middle was full of drama and a whole of hypothetical situations and dialogues that were total clique, at the same time annoying and funny. The end was abrupt.

That is it.

Book Review : The Stranger by Albert Camus

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My Rating : *4.5 Stars*

I’m not gonna talk about this book in terms of existentialism or any other philosophical terminology. Do I even bother to know what these terms even mean? No

Will I ever try to know what all these philosophical terms mean? Yes, someday.

And if you also want to know what they mean, you can read them,here.

“The Stranger”, about this book, I can say one thing that I really cherished the time I spent reading it. And also it raised a whole lot of questions for me to ponder over and I think they are questions without answers and that is disturbing for me.

I remember when I read this book called “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” by Gabriel Marquez, after I finished reading that book, the question that who actually took her virginity messed up with my mind, and I was asking everyone, did I miss something? and nobody gave me an answer to that question, I re-read it and still no answer (well if you know the answer please let me know, even though I have considered few possibilities to satisfy myself). Similarly after reading this book, I’m feeling the same way.

Camus in this book brings out the absurdity of human existence.

I don’t know what I should learn from this book, and I don’t know what he was trying to tell us and I really don’t know if I’ve got this right or not…

However I liked it very much and this book is not just about meaning of life, there is so much more to it.

The main character of this book, Meursault, Do I not like him? No, I liked him.

Did he do a senseless act of committing a murder? Yes, he did, it was total senseless.

Do I hate him for that? Yes, I do.

But is there anything wrong with him other than that? No, not really, I don’t think so.

What he did was not moral, but on the other hand the way Camus portrayed him as a person, people may call him hard-hearted, cold, inhuman or whatever they wish, but I don’t think of him that way.

I totally disagree with the interpretation that he was inhuman or amoral.

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Do we really have to follow what society think is right or wrong, who the hell make that decision. I guess this is what our society is doing, people want you to behave in a certain way, they expect you to cry when someone dies, they expect you to show sympathy when thing are going wrong in their life, they want you to make them feel worthy, they want you to make them feel important, they also want you to keep up with their crap and when you don’t they call you cold, insensitive and inhuman or these days most preferably a douchepig (well I do agree some of us are douchepig, but some of us are not).

Why is it that society will call us human only when we’ll live unto their expectations, isn’t everyone different, isn’t things in life work in different ways for different people, don’t everyone have a different personality.

Why is it when we don’t show certain emotions in certain situations, people think there is something wrong with us.

I don’t see a point, why someone should be asked to behave in a certain way, and why we have to impose on others what we think is right or wrong.

Isn’t there a saying, live and let live?

I hated how he was being told that he should behave or act or live in a certain way.

Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known to laugh, History would have been different.”- Oscar Wilde

I’m not saying what he did was right, but calling a person criminal because he don’t make you feel good about yourself, or follow your steps is downright wrong. Only that in this case he was actually a criminal, but for his crime and not for his human behavior.

Meursault never lied through out the book, he never pretend to have faith in god not even to save his life. He valued honesty and I do consider that he cared for people close to him.

Sometimes the book even turned out to be funny, I really liked the writing and now I’m gonna read all the books written by this writer.

Even though in a way I agree with this book, there is something I totally disagree with…

“But”, I reminded myself, “it’s common knowledge life isn’t worth living,anyhow.”

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”-Ernest Hemingway

I would say life is totally worth living…

The last part of the book for me was really depressing… I think the crime he committed made his thoughts and belief more visible to people, this is when he was considered as different or a stranger.“The Stranger”.