It’s been 3 months since I’ve wrote about the last book I’ve read (“This side of paradise” by Fitz) and in the meantime I’ve read 5 more, which is not a lot, but some of them were kinda hard to read.
After “This side of paradise” I’ve read “Gulliver’s travels” by Jonathan Smith and it took me at least a month to read it. English is not my main language so it takes me longer to read it. It’s not hard, it just makes me read in a slower pace. Also, I usually buy either Wordsworth or Signet Classics and they use a very small font and the paper is not the best, so it makes it even harder to be read.
Anyhow, I did liked “Gulliver’s travel”, it has a very unique story. I like adventures books, like those of Jules Verne or Robert Louis Stevenson, but this one was very slow at moments. He went into details that I think were unnecessary and that made the story a bit boring at times. In general, I liked it. Especially the second part where he stumbles upon a place where suddenly he’s among giants. It was fun seeing his perspective and how he described everyone look a bit like monsters because everything was huge for him, including their pores on their faces and similar things. I love the twist that happened in the ocean when he was stuck in a small box, but then all of a sudden, he became normal sized. All in all, a fun book.
Next one I read was “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I was avoiding this one because I love Fitz so much, so I tried to expend the reading experience as much as I could.
I can not express enough how much I like his style. It’s elegant, lovely, poetic. The story’s mysterious and intriguing, hopelessly romantic. I didn’t expected the ending to be what it is, I definitely liked it, even though it wasn’t a happy one. Life’s not fair sometimes and I think that’s important to be shared, instead of pretending that things always work themselves out. Beautiful story, gorgeous writing.
Next one was the beautiful short story “The Old Man & The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway.
Lovely story about standing your ground [or bout :)] and always fighting for what you feel it belongs to you. A story that motivates and encourages a person to stay strong and never give up. A short one, but a powerful one.
After Hemingway’s story, I moved to “Yellow Crome” by Aldous Huxlay.
In this book there’s not much happening. Denis goes to the big mansion in Crome to meet with a group of friends. There, the characters eat, drink, read books and talk with another. And that’s pretty much it. Everyone has a different perspective on things and they shortly connect to each other, but in the end, that’s all there is, nothing meaningful happens.
After “Yellow Crome” I was in the mood for a more adventurous book, so I went with “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad.
To be honest, I was disappointed. The main character Marlow tells his story of a bout trip he took in Africa which he only did so he can meet the ivory trader Kurtz. The whole story is about how he’s obsessed with this person who he hasn’t met, but he keep’s hearing about from other men, and along the way he stumbles upon a lot of local black people who are portrayed as savages and slaves. I didn’t like how nothing really happened all the way to the end, it was just a talk about this mysterious person Kurtz who in the end, it turned out to be a mad man obsessed with ivory bone. Personally, I didn’t find the story interesting.
At the moment, I’m reading Michelangelo’s “Life, Letters and Poetry” and I’m really enjoying it.
I’m still reading the “life” part and it’s amazing. I love learning new things about my favorite artists, especially when there are lot of details about his works.
Lately I haven’t been reading as much as I use to, I hope I’ll get back to my old pace. Anyway, books are great and there’s not much else that can top them when you have a spare time for yourself.