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I have hungrily consumed two books already, and am working on a third. It’s been so long since I have had spare time to read for pleasure, that I’m enjoying every minute of it. Thanks to my buddy DP for clueing me in on the sardonic humor of David Sedaris — his book “Naked” was highly entertaining, and it was autobiographical to boot! Literally every page had a “laugh out loud” moment…and most of the stuff he was describing would be considered serious, sometimes traumatic life moments for most people. I am looking forward to reading his other acclaimed book, “Me Talk Pretty One Day.”

I also really enjoyed Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, since I was sort of expecting “Castaway” in book form… a long, drawn-out account of a shipwreck and the ensuing survival at sea. Not so — sometimes the story dragged, and I had to set the book down to take a break from life on the Pacific. Also, the accounts seemed a little far-fetched at times (Most people who know me know that I like reality based fiction — no fantasy novels for me). But for the most part, the book was very captivating. And I was simply taken aback by the ending – no spoilers here, but I wasn’t expecting it to end the way it did, that’s for sure. I just sat there, thinking, wow, only an unbelievably good author could pull off a story like that, with so many intricate details all woven together and a good surprise ending that leaves you thinking for hours (and makes you want to reread it immediately to catch all the details you missed the first read). It’s probably good that I had something to mull over, since I was on a bus at the time I finished reading it, in transit from Boracay to IloIlo, getting jostled about with another 3 hours to go. Plus, I really enjoyed the religious discussions in the book. Pi is a devout Hindu who also becomes Christian and Islamic, and there are several very good quotes. One of my favorites is the following:

“I’ll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get struck in my craw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”

The current book I’m reading is by Dan Brown, who has already earned my favor with The Da Vinci Code. It’s called Angels & Demons, and it’s the prequel to TDVC. And, as expected, it has been engaging from page one. Hard to put down. Well, not that hard, since I do have a whole new country to explore!

Whew, so there’s my literary update for the year! How good it feels to be mulling over and digesting other people’s thoughts instead of just my own ;)

One Response to “Books! Books! And more Books!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    hello

    your writting skills… simply astounding. :P ..you just created a whole new impression. safe on the roads! you description just reminded me of india… roads belong strictly to moving objects with wheels!

    Mani

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