Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery | Spoiler Free

As a part of the 30 Book Challenge, I had to Read a book you read in highschool.

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"There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting." - L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. 

In 8th standard, on an off chance, I picked up a book from my school library. And this random story about an orphan girl who gets accidently adopted by a pair of siblings quickly earned a high position on my shelf. I had devoured the rest of the books (a total of 8) within weeks. However a tricky thing about memory is that it only makes you remember the good parts. So when I revisited Anne of Green Gables induced by nostalgia, I was apprehensive (and rooting for it to win me all over again).

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher | Spoiler Free

As a part of the 30 Book Challenge, I had to Read a biography/an autobiography.

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"If my wasn't funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable." - Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking.

When I first heard the news of Carrie Fisher’s death, I was upset and surprised; surprised that I was upset for I had no cause to be so. I never consciously looked at her as an inspiration because my knowledge of her life was limited, having seen only the Star Wars series a year back. And so Wishful Drinking became a way for me to know her, truthfully and in her own words. 

The autobiography reads like an erratic conversation with the author, an author who is a product of ‘Hollywood inbreeding’. Fisher talks candidly about the industry, her life and people in them. She recalls her life with a whip-sharp wit, a delightful mask of sarcasm and unabashed honesty. Her ability to laugh anything off makes the book a joy to read. Fisher doesn’t mask or hide from touching upon sensitive subjects. As a result, she becomes real, like someone whom you can touch and won’t fade into nothingness. It is an easy, short and immersive read and even the slowest of readers can devour it whole within 5 days.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov | Spoiler Free

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“He broke my heart. You merely broke my life.” - Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita. 

Clementine Von Radics, the poet behind ‘Mouthful of Forevers’, has written a poem called ‘Lolita Addresses Her Author’ which became my first introduction to Lolita. The poem left its imprint in my brain but it never made sense. And so when I saw Lolita on a shelf, I picked it up.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is the autobiography of Humber Humbert, a self-described poet and pervert. And both these descriptions ring true. Humbert Humbert, two names, refer to the two, often contrasting, personalities that make up the man. Humbert writes this book from prison about the object of his love and attention – Lolita, a 12-year-old girl. It is the story of how Humbert, a paedophile, sexually assaults and manipulates Lolita to take absolute control of her life. Even her name, Dolly Haze, is replaced by Humbert assigned Lolita.