After Light part 2

As I said I would, continuing from last night. I got off work 2 hours earlier so I thought I should really use these two hours and blog. Seriously the first thing that I thought of when they told me to go home early…

I was talking about After Dark wasn’t I. From this novel, I think I will be definitely looking for more of his work. I use to have the habit of keeping a post-it filled with page numbers from the novel, with quotes that I like or words that I think are beautiful. I lost that post it, but I do remember one page number, page 161 I believe.

“You know what I think?” She says. “That people’s memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn’t matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They’re all just fuel. Advertising fillers in the newspaper, philosophy books, dirty pages in a magazine, a bundle of ten-thousand-yen bills: when you feed ‘em to the fire, they’re all just paper. The fire isn’t thinking, ‘Oh, this is Kant,’ or ‘Oh, this is the Yomiuri evening edition,’ or ‘Nice tits,’ while it burns. To the fire, they’re nothing but scraps of paper. It’s the exact same thing. Important memories, not-so-important memories, totally useless memories: there’s no distinction – they’re all just fuel.”

Argh, that was pretty okay, I think this novel attract me so much because of random observations of life, put so poignantly in the point of view of a few people that you wouldn’t expect from. But, the most wise words, sometimes are told to you by someone least expected…

And that’s that!

The other book that I talked about that I finished half of and didn’t get to finish because the library asked for it back was The Finkler Question, it was suppose to be really funny, but I’m not going to lie because I didn’t understand what whas happening half of the time. The summary on the back was so vague and it was just mostly praise for being “courageous, inspirational,” and so on…

the writing was cute, but I didn’t get ..

The library can have it back.

What else, I’m also reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being and 100 years of Solitude. I know, look at me, leveling up. So far, I really really like The Unbearable Lightness of Being, there’s the mention of the war or some resistance, which I always like reading about and the prose style is amazing, and you really can’t go wrong when the author name drops people like Nietzsche. :D Good stuff all around.

As for the 100 Years of Solitude, A while back I read the biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and it was spectacular. The author of the biography is clearly incredibly passionate about the subject so it was a good read. So it was weird of me to read the biography before reading the piece of work in itself…so i’m reading that next.

Also I have something else by Vladimir Nabokov, also trying to read more Russian literature since I did NOT get through Anna Karenina, and everyone must read books by the Russians.

THat’s my book talk for this week? I am surprised that I am able to read more and more often now, very proud of myself.

Okay, that was a lot of talking on my goodbye.

Posted: January 11th, 2011
Categories: BOOKS, QUOTES
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Comments: 1 Comment.
Comment from zoraida - January 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I love love love love The Unbearable Lightness of Being! Short stories are really good for variety.

lol I still didn’t finish Anna Karenina .. |: it just got to the point where I can’t ever exactly relate to any of the characters now so I’m just going to take it slowly…

Are you reading Lolita? :O