Jane Eyre… but gothic.

As a classic cinematography lover, I’ve watched the movie The Birds (and read the book), of course. It’s a combo when Alfred Hitcock is the director and the author of the novel is Daphne du Maurier. Same goes for Rebecca. 

Rating: 4/5.

Besides the fact that I’ve had the book in my kindle for a while now I’ve also heard the song “Rebecca” sung in its musical (yes there’s also a musical based on it). You have no idea how bad it got stuck in my mind.

So I gave the book a try.

At first there’s nothing very impressive about it. It kinda feels like nothing is happening so you might be tempted to abandon it but I went on with it for the sake of the song (don’t ask me what’s up with that because I don’t know, it just hit me).

Daphne du Maurier is building the mystery step by step basically. She doesn’t throw you in a complicated full of suspense action but she knows how to involve you with every chapter. She sprinkles the plot with some plot twists and from a story of 2 lovers becomes a serious act of desperation and murder.

If you’ve read Jane Eyre you might find some common elements: there’s an older rich man, a manor and 2 wives but the spirit of the deceased one is lurking around. The dark and sinister tone of it can surely grab your attention.

As for the characters, I don’t like any of them but the author knew how to build the characters to be disliked but at the same time you are interested in what happens to them.

Last night I also watched the movie. It’s a classic ’40s Hitchcock, how can I not?

I’m gonna say the typical thing that any book reader is saying: the book was better. It really was better. It’s not one of my favorite Hitchcock movies but since I’ve read the book my expectations were…higher than they should’ve been probably. Even though I’m saying this I’m not discouraging anyone to watch it. Do watch it cause it’s a pretty good one. I really liked the guy that played as Mr de Winter and also the role of Ms Danvers was awesome. She nailed it!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17899948-rebecca

 

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Oddities and darkness.

This wasn’t my first encounter with David Levithan, but by far this one is the most unfortunate one. I’m talking about Every You, Every Me.

Rating: 2.5/5

I’ve had a few thoughts of rating it 3/5 but I just couldn’t. There was too much teenage angst squeezed in it and it’s too morbid for my taste.

The plot itself wasn’t the most horrible ever or stuff like that but David kinda killed it with too many striked-through words and ugly photographs. I love photography and one of the reasons why I chose this book is because I knew it has photography in it. Man but the photos…

UGLIEST PHOTOS IN THE WORLD. I have no idea who took those photos but it should be illegal for that person to hold any device that has a camera.

It kinda felt like he was just exercising writing and he was getting photos to write stuff inspired by them and then…oh well…let’s print a book.

The main character is the most depressive person ever and he makes you cut your wrists. But still, the plot wasn’t very bad, otherwise I wouldn’t have thought of giving it a rating of 3 at one point.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9972838-every-you-every-me

“Find What You Love and Let It Kill You”

My fellow dear Goethe this time caught me with another book of his, The Sorrows of Young Werther.

Rating: 3/5.

This is the book responsible for Goethe’s fame but later he started to dislike being forever associated with this one. Wanna hear the short summary of it? It’s something that we’ve never heard before.

  1. Werther is a young rich man with raging hormones.
  2. He falls in love with a pretty lady.
  3. SHE IS MARRIED TO ANOTHER GUY HAHA.
  4. Werther kills himself.

I was kidding when I said it’s something we’ve never heard before (in case you didn’t get it haha I’m so funny). Yes this is your typical story of unrequited love. A story of obsession.

There isn’t much to say about it. I liked it but I think Goethe’s poetry is better.

Free download: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2527

 

 

You are uninteresting.

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney was a book on my to-read shelf that I always skipped… until one day when I was like “you know what, I should give this book a try”.

Rating: 2/5.

What makes this book different than the others is the second person narrative that you can rarely find. It’s not the only book but somehow it’s one of the most popular examples if you want to check out this style.

 

It’s the 1980s and your uninteresting life consists of working, partying and drugs (of course, the main character is based on McInerney himself).

You don’t bother with anything. You work in the Factual Verification department for a magazine in the beautiful New York, want to move on to the fiction department and yet you do nothing about that.

Your wife left you and you seem unable to pursue a real relationship.

This is the life before the internet pretty much. Nobody’s using computers and if you want to find out something you have to check out some records or make a few phone calls to some sources and the whole NYC was high on cocaine and this is the young and foolish life.

The background characters are easily forgettable. They’re uninteresting too. We don’t get to know a lot more about them besides their names and some basic info.

This book sends such a careless vibe that actually makes you feel careless about it but don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book, but it ain’t a great one either.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/86147.Bright_Lights_Big_City

An end I never wanted to reach.

Yes, the title sounds dramatic but it’s kinda accurate if you’ve read any of the Lorien Legacies books. I’m gonna talk a little about United as One.

Rating: 5/5.

These last 4 years didn’t pass without me reading at least one of the books. I just tried to postpone the ending for as long as I could but eventually I had to finish it. All good things come to an end.

It’s pretty rare for book series this long to keep their action and awesomeness intact. I’ve always been excited for every book and each one of them made it difficult for me to put it down.

You can clearly see how the character developed and how life’s difficulties (like mogadorians) turned them into more mature persons and the relationship between them gets better and better with every book. In this one you get the peak of everything. It’s the best ending this series could have.

I wish I could read some more about them and I will surely miss reading a Lorien Legacies book but I guess I had to accept that this is actually the end and I have to deal with it, they need some peace (seriously tho’). After you read I Am Number Four you don’t really think that this could happen (books 2-7).

In the end, do you know what’s cooler? The LORIEN LEGACIES REBORN SERIES!! Can’t wait for Generation One.

“I am done with numbers”.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27161189-united-as-one

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32497565-generation-one

Boring dirty stories, sorry.

I haven’t read some erotica in a really long time so I just picked out Little Birds by Anais Nin.

Rating?

2/5.

I got to the end of it 50% out of curiosity and 50% because I just wanted to finish it, it’s a short not-so-awesome book so it’s not worth it to read it for 100 years. What can I tell you about it is that it’s pretty boring. The stories give me the feeling that they’re just thrown there and they didn’t really get to me. I felt distant towards it. They didn’t intrigue me or made me feel anything.

I didn’t really enjoy the idea of men messing around with 16 year old girls tho’ I liked the first story when all the girls ran away when they saw him in all his glory around them. Come on, that was pretty funny.

The stories have many things in common and they might seem familiar at some point which was pretty nice and made me imagine some bonds between them.

Overall this was not my cup of tea but I’m glad I’ve read it and it’s an appreciated classic.

Summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11036.Little_Birds

Petrus’s Prayer

If you read any of Coelho’s books, you might have noticed his writing style, always beautiful. I’ve read The Pilgrimage two years ago and although some things stayed with me for a long time, there’s a prayer that Petrus prays in the chapter called “Personal Vices” and today it just popped into my mind and I had to share it with others too so here it is:

“Have pity on those who pity themselves as good people treated unfairly by life-who feel that they do not deserve what has befallen them. Such people will never be able to fight the good fight. And pity those who are cruel to themselves and who see only the evil in their own actions, feeling that they are to blame for the injustice in the world. Because neither of these kinds of people will know Thy law that says “BUT THE VERY HAIRS OF YOUR HAIR ARE NUMBERED”.

Have pity on those who command and those who serve during long hours of work, and who sacrifice themselves in exchange merely for a sunday off, only to find that there is nowhere to go, and everything is closed. But also have pity on those who sanctify their efforts, and who are able to go beyond the bounds of their own madness, winding up indebted or nailed to the cross by their very brothers. Because neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “BE YE THEREFORE AS WISE AS THE SERPENTS AND AS HARMLESS AS THE DOVES”.

Have pity on those who may conquer the world but never join the good fight within themselves. But pity also those who have won the good fight within themselves, and now find themselves in the streets and the bars of life because they were unable to conquer the world. Because neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “HE WHO HEEDS MY WORDS I WILL LIKEN TO A WISE MAN WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE ON A ROCK”.

Have pity on those who are fearful of taking up a pen, or a paintbrush, or an instrument, or a tool because they are afraid someone has already done better that they could, and who feel themselves to be unworthy to enter the marvelous mansion of art. But have even more pity on those who, having taken up a pen, or the paintbrush, or the instrument, or the tool have turned inspiration into a paltry thing, and yet feel themselves to be better than others. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “FOR THERE IS NOTHING COVERED THAT WILL NOT BE REVEALED, NOR HIDDEN THAT WILL NOT BE KNOWN”.

Pity those who eat and drink and sate themselves, but are unhappy and alone in their satiety. But pity even more those who fast, and who censure and prohibit, and who thereby see themselves as saints, preaching Your name on the streets. For neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “IF I BEAR WITNESS OF MYSELF, MY WITNESS IS NOT TRUE”.

Pity those who fear death, and who are unaware of the many kingdoms through which they have already passed, and the many deaths they have already suffered, and who are unhappy because they think that one day their world will end. But have even more pity for those who already know their many deaths, and today think of themselves as immortals. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “EXCEPT THAT ONE IS BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD”.

Have pity on those who bind themselves with the silken tie of love, and think of themselves as masters of others, and who feel envy and poison themselves and who torture themselves because they cannot see that love and all things change like the wind. But pity even more those who die of their fear of loving and who reject love in the name of a greater love that they know not. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “WHOEVER DRINKS OF THE WATER THAT I SHALL GIVE HIM WILL NEVER THIRST”.

Pity those who reduce the cosmos to am explanation, God to a magic potion and humanity to beings with basic human needs that must be satisfied because they never hear the music of the spheres. But have even more pity on those who have blind faith, and who in their laboratories transform mercury into gold, and who are surrounded by their books about the secrets of the Tarot and the power of the pyramids. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “WHOEVER DOES NOT RECEIVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD AS A LITTLE CHILD WILL BY NO MEANS ENTER IT”.

Pity those who see no one but themselves and for whom others are a blurred and distant scenario as they pass through the streets in their limousines and lock themselves in their air-conditioned penthouse offices, as they suffer in silence the solitude of power. But pity even more those who will do anything for anybody and are charitable and seek to win out over evil only through love. For neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “LET HE WHO HAS NO SWORD SELL HIS GARMENT AND BUY ONE”.

Summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4004.The_Pilgrimage