I have caught hold of the ‘Catcher in the rye‘ now again after a previous unsuccessful attempt to complete reading it. I am going for it again after i found words of praise on the book by one of my friends who has never as much bothered to pick any book to check out just even the title (which is his claim by the way). The ‘Catcher..’ just seems to be a typical guy’s story written in a typical guy like narrative, never bothering to get into details and using profanity instead of period to complete every sentence. Nevertheless i find it very amusing, but more on the catcher later. Let me finish the book.
There was this other book which i never finished. Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat Love Pray‘ . If ‘catcher in the rye’ was a typical guy’s narrative, ‘Eat Love Pray’, is a typical woman’s narrative,taking time to describe every details to bore to the core. It’s more like reading the depressed woman’s personal diary. Seventy five pages down,having read all her rendezvouses in Italy, i found it increasingly difficult to continue .
Books are always unfinished business , they are just agglomeration of ‘lean-tos’ and ‘annexes’, it would further be a sin to not finish the already unfinished, so i intend to get back to Elizabeth Gilbert too, just to take up the challenge this book has posed. Let’s see.
I prefer fiction , for all i need to do is just read it. I read less of non fiction, for i have imposed upon myself for reasons unknown, to constitute opinions upon or attempt to summarise within myself the core essence of the writings, for which i need to work my mind too. I once had to sit up on my table chair and read the ‘Brief history of time’ , paying complete attention, as i had read ‘Computer Architecture’ by John Hayes for my semester exams. I don’t want to do that often.
And that means that i don’t pick classics either. Only connoisseurs of literature could ever appreciate classics properly or just read one patiently. I am not one, i don’t intend to become one. I immensely liked the ‘Count of Monte Cristo‘ and ‘The Scarlet pimpernal‘ though, they came in far simpler packages , abridged in small white text books during my school days for the ‘non detail’.
Now presenting the list that has appealed to me the most,
1. The Shepherd – Frederick Forsyth
2. No comebacks – Frederick Forsyth
3. The Rainmaker – John Grisham
4. The Bourne identity – Robert Ludlum
5. As the Crow flies – Jeffrey Archer
6. Not a penny more not a penny less – Jeffrey Archer
7. The sphere – Michael Crichton
8. Acceptable risk – Robin Cook
9. Four past midnight – Stephen king
10.Green Mile – Stephen King
11.The Shawshank redemption – Stephen king
I think the entire credit for runaway successes of the motion pictures of ‘Shawshank redemption’ and ‘the Green mile’ entirely goes to the King, for the movies had pretty much faithfully followed the books to even most of the dialogues. They are the most beautiful books i have ever read till date. When the ‘Green mile’ ends with Paul Edgecombe reflecting ‘Oh the Green mile is so long’, figuratively suggesting the state of the mind of the lonely old man who just awaits an eluding death (wishing actually), you are not sure whether you just need to put it out or begin reading it from the beginning all over again.
I like Frederick Forsyth for the exhaustive researches he does for his books and put it to use for creating make believe ingenious plots.’The Shepherd’ is an exception though, there is no plot , but nevertheless a great read. John Grisham and Robin Cook write novels on their own field of work. As slow it may be, the narratives of John Grisham are far appealing and connect with you instantly, the Rain maker is a classic case (pun unintended).
As ‘filmy’ it could be , Archer’s plots are a great delight to read. But i have to admit i found his ‘Prison diaries’ far more interesting than his novels. I like almost all the books of Michael Crichton. His focus is more on the plot , some in Arthur Hailey style, encapsulating all the parameters of a ‘system’ in hand with a plot of a time bomb running in the background.
1. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
2.The power of now – Eckhart Tolle
3.E = mc2 – David Bodanis
4.You can do it – Paul Hanna
The power of Now , which claims to be the ‘guide to spiritual enlightenment’, is a more descriptive work of the human conscious mind and it’s perceptions i believe. I specifically like the way Eckhart Tolle defines silence as an absence of sound and space as a ‘nothing’ but absence of matter. If you were to find a definition of space as ‘nothing’ and still don’t understand by what it means, you should probably let Eckhart Tolle do the description in this book.
‘E = Mc2’ is a on the ‘biography’ on this famous equation, rather than on its discoverer. Nevertheless there are some fables on the discoverer too . A fascinating read, it has some great insights to some complex scientific concepts as well that has gone behind the formulation of the energy mass equivalence.
I generally keep away from self help books. A bad self help book does no good. ‘You can do it’ is an exception, Paul Hanna doesn’t attempt to indoctrinate anything, it ‘s more of evaluating ourselves and to identify our own responsibilities for things that had potentially gone wrong.
Well, that’s just about it, this is a list i have been having for quite sometime , without a change.I am waiting for a book that would somehow make to this list. Recommendations welcome..