Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Too many books, not enough time

Having to work full-time and study at uni on a part-time basis, I don't really get much time to read for pleasure but these are a few that I have managed to get through.

God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy) I don’t know what to make of this book. While it was amazingly written (although it does get a little poetic at times) its story seems quite unsatisfying.

On a few occasions I felt like the story was going somewhere but seem to stop before it got interesting. For example, the reunion of the twins as Adults and why the brother became a selective mute. But it is an amazing written story of forbidden love and disappointment through the generations.

Life of Pi (Yann Martel) is such a strange little story but so beautifully written. It is a story of an Indian Teenager that grows up in a zoo and while migrating to Canada gets shipwrecked and ends up on a boat with a bunch of random animals, including a Tiger called Richard Parker. While it had the potential to lose my interest, Yann Martel’s descriptive writing kept me reading right up to the last page and continued to offer up the unexpected. It is a completely unbelievable story that only question's its believability right at the end, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. I loved the character’s discussion of wild animals and how they confined by the natural hierarchy which means that they are never truly free.

Jasper Jones (Craig Silvery) after getting over my cultural cringe I couldn’t put down this amazing story about a small town in country Western Australia. This collective loss of innocence of this small town provides an unexpected story that has you turning the pages wondering what happens next and will come back to you as you go through your day.

Another Australian story that I kinda enjoyed was Joan London’s The Good Parents and while it revolves around a girl’s (Maya) disappearance from Australia’s cultural capital of Melbourne, a lot of the story is based in Perth and WA. This story has more to do with the lives of Maya’s family than her actual disappearance which I found a little disappointing since I wanted to know more about why felt the need to do that to her family. But having said that, the stories of her parents were cool and had me wanting to know what happened and one question I had, why does Perth seem more exciting in books than in real life??

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol is his latest installment and one that is super easy to read which makes it ideal for reading as relief from the heavy uni books. In many ways it is very predictable and similar to the other books that Brown has written. As per usual the book’s main protagonist Robert Langdon, gets a random phone call at a strange hour which sends him off on a strange, strange journey that includes a mad man, signs/symbols, cutting edge science that no one gets and (of course) some hot girl. It is a good read all the same.

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