Posts tagged ‘book’

June 26, 2008

Books, Giants and Universe

Reading the last chapter of a biography is always difficult,
because I know how it ends.
Naturally. Realistically.

Even though I am not attached to Charles Nichol’s Leonardo as I was to Irving Stone’s Michelangelo, I am still putting off reading the last few pages for another time. Reading fewer and fewer pages each day.

I could have finished the biography in the tube today, on the way home.
But associating his last years and works with a noisy and bumpy ride in a public transport just doesn’t seem quite right.

Bernini arrived two day ago, in a tidily wrapped package of reuse paper, addressed in a near-calligraphic handwriting.
I hope it hadn’t been sitting in the attic for far too long, and that the last owner had at least enjoyed flipping through it as much as I will.

Haven’t gotten a chance to study Rembrandt’s etchings and drawings much, after that first night of submerging myself into the port folio — for it was much more than a collection of copies of copies of copies… — under fluorescent light in a dingy London motel.

On a totally unrelated note, Sagan’s “Billions and Billions” and “Pale Blue Dot” are travelling from the States. His books are one of the best sources of inspiration and hunger for learning for me. Even when I had to clutch Cosmos in one hand, thumbing a dictionary in the other, and the English homework be damned.

June 7, 2008

Russian Abandoned Library

Russian abandoned library 6

One of the saddest picture I’ve ever seen.

I want to cry. *sniffs*

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January 30, 2008

‘The’ Book I Need

Ya’Rly Staying Awake

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October 30, 2007

Book Meme

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เอางี้ละกัน ใครอ่านอยู่, consider yourself tagged. :D

These are the top one-hundred-and-six books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As usual, bold what you have read, italicize what you started but haven’t finished, and strike through what you couldn’t stand. Add an *asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : A Novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (is there such thing as double strike-through?)
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
Foucault’s Pendulum
Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck must die.)
The Poisonwood Bible : A Novel
*Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a Memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Slaughterhouse Five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : A Novel
Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry into Values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
*The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

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September 20, 2007

The Dragons of Eden

I’m not sure if the quote is fairly common, or if one author borrowed the idea from the other. Considering that they are Carl Sagan and Michael Crichton, the latter is very likely.

But the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.
— Carl Sagan “The Dragons of Eden“, Introduction

[The absence of proof is not the proof of absence.]
— Michael Crichton, either “Jurassic Park” or “The Lost World

Biblio small lot Went on a book-shopping binge a few weeks back. The Alibris lot arrived, packed tightly in a plastic envelope, without any mishap. The Biblio small lot got stuck at Zollamt for being suspicious, of explosive perhaps, for it was an indistinct, hefty, recycled cardboard box from Sweden. No idea why it made a detour to Sweden from US of A.

Pretty excited to read the Knowledge Series, as the trilogy is nicknamed. Read the introduction of The Dragons last night in bed  under the rarely-used LED lamp. Had it not been a tiring day, I’d probably stayed up ’till morning. That good and inspiring a read.