News for August 2010

A hero of Our Time

A hero of our time by Mikhail Lermontov Translation by Natasha Randall

Do you guys have any tips for keeping the heat down low on your laptop? It’s literally burning my hand. I will admit that my laptop is old, older, about a month short of 3 years. In laptop time, which apparently ages way faster than a dog, is about 30 years old. It’s reaching its mid-life crisis, it’s heating up, it doesnt know what to do with itself and its parts are wearing out…

anyways, i recently reinstalled everything so here’s to hoping another 30 years. I might get a desktop, but I hate sitting at desks even though my desk has wheels.

The back cover of this book tells me that it is the First Major Russian Novel. it was apparently both lauded and reviled upon publication.

After reading it, I don’t really get all the controversy. But then again, times change, and times have changed significantly since its publication.

I like reading translated novels, which i specifically told my interviewer at the book store. Oh yeah, I’m pretty sure I didn’t get the job. It’s alright, i guess i’ll try to keep looking except that i’m not, not really anyway.

There are a lot of endnotes in the book, some books keep its footnotes at the foot of the page but this one decided to keep it at the back. While I appreciate this when i’m reading books with large amount of explanations but most of the footnotes are translations of russian words that would other be awkward if actually translated…

i would appreciate it if they became footnotes..

now the book itself, it’s a lot more readable than some of the other russian translated novels i’ve attempted at. I enjoyed it, although not a page turner kind, because it’s humorous, slightly off-beat humor. Especially the latter portion of the book, all I can think is, what a romantic!!

yeah, the first bit i couldn’t really follow…

i have nothing super literary to contribute to the review of the book…

but if the book claims itself to be the first major russian novel you better believe it. i’m not making fun of it at all, but i think at least, through my first read, i couldn’t fully grasp its importance, maybe in a few years.

AS always, i have some cool words.. to be taken out with the book…

Page 77

His speech is quick and fanciful: he is one of those people who have a flamboyant phrase ready for any situation, who aren’t touched by the simply beautiful, and who grandly drape themselves with extraordinary feelings, sublime passions and exceptional suffering.

Page 82

I was lying, but i wanted to infuriate him. i have a congenital desire to contradict; my whole life is merely a chain of sad and unsuccessful contradictions to heart and mind.

Posted: August 29th, 2010
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oh okay

it’s 3 am here, actually: 3:05 am, while driving home from tea (as in i went to drink tea with my friends, no lies, real tea) i was sleepy so i assumed i’d be sleeping by 1. lies, these lies that i tell myself.

i just finished reading the flying troutmans by Miriam toews.
i’ve read a few pages of her “a complicated kindness” before, i liked the writing style but it was during a hectic time, i didn’t get a chance to finish.

it took me a long time to finish this one too, but i sped through the latter half of the book. i’m ashamed of myself for taking so long to read things lately.

what i liked about the book: i think if i were ever to write a novel and it somehow miraculously got published, well OR i just went and wrote a novel whether it got published or not (its not important because i’ll have an amazing career in ___________). this would be my writing style, she writes fluidly, it’s hard to follow SOMETIMES because punctuations are scarce and it doesn’t matter anymore when you’ve got so much sass.

that’s SASS

because of the writing style, the lack of a real time line, in my opinion, the book got to be too long.

you can only keep up with that much witty banter for so many pages, its not that the story was getting to be too long, but nothing too dramatic was happening and we’re just learning about the characters, their past, and moving along on their little road trip.

and unlike most other novels, this didnt have a distinct happy or sad ending, as in, the character that they were focusing on in an indirect way was never really settled. i felt like the author rushed the ending too, kind of like how i clean.

in the beginning of cleaning: there’s a lot of attention to detail, i dust things, i put away books properly but near the end of cleaning you get tired and theres a lot of shoving things into closets or blowing away the dust instead of properly cleaning.

although it’s an interesting novel, i feel like it could use more completeness.

i wonder if this will make sense tomorrow, but i really need to go to sleep because i need to wake up for morning scott pilgrim viewing.

will add some quotes as always, but tomorrow because im typing this in the dark.

i feel like a spy, except that im not.

edit: many days later…
Quotes as promised

page 109
Where’d you get that? She asked. She moved her finger lightly over his skin. He stared out the Window.
Hey, she said, are you in a fight club?
you mean like the movie? he said.
yeah whatever, she said.
You mean like that movie Fight Club? he said.
yeah, or you know, a variation on the theme, she said.
a variation on the theme of the movie fight club? he said
yeah! like some local chapter, she said. you know? starring brad pitt? are you?
am i a member of a local chapter that is a variation on the theme of the movie fight club starring brad pitt? he said.

I JUST realized how many ‘she saids’ and ‘he said’ there are in this book, i never even noticed it. when you read the conversations, these insignificant details don’t really appear.


Posted: August 17th, 2010
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Monsieur Pain

i’m gonna state right here right now that i will be reading Roberto Bolano ‘s Monsieur Pain

if i don’t say i’ll read it, i might quietly put it aside for the “future”. Mr. Bolano have written amazing works, but i’ve given up on them half way,well not half way, 1 page in more like.

Since this one is thin, i’ll work hard to finish it, i hope the title doesn’t necessarily reflect the style of writing..


Posted: August 8th, 2010
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