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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck


I have always been trying hard to make a good distance from this kind of ‘training the mind, self-help shit; but almost after two years of abandoning the idea of not giving the fuck for such book, I succumbed to this flamboyant orange-cover with some bold abusive word. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is a Mark Manson’s second book following the other book; Models: Attract Women Through Honesty. 
It doesn’t hit on your face right hard, this book doesn’t give you any philosophical logic of life at all, but people are always transcending towards values of life or better living concept. No individual can teach us how to live or behave with others, but it is, factually, innate in all peoples. 

The title is fucking attractive and the book has a full of sympathetic ideas of how to live life well or better yet, Mark Manson’s way is; not giving a fuck for anything.  
I had to take a break from prodigious writing and pour over myself to Mark’s ‘a counterintuitive approach to living a good life’. Mark’s musing droplets are worthless. One big mistake in not going to the thrift store is you must buy the-hype-to-go books. Simply the subtle art of not giving a fuck has been just a hype or one brick in the pile of self-development book, you aren’t going to get anything new except poor lesson or fable. The book has swamped with a lot of mindfulness, being positiveness, wellbeing, welfare, and comfort. Mark’s text is near to the Stoicism, coined by Zeno Citium, which helps to develop personal’s ethics by dropping off the desire for pleasure or fear of pain. 

Here I would love to add similar thought by Chanakya: (also known as Kautilya, c. 350-275 BCE, was an Indian statesman and philosopher) Not controlling the senses is the road to adversity and sorrow.  Conquering the senses is the road to prosperity and happiness. Choose either of the two which you like; that is your decision.
In my opinion, such a book gives us more uncomfortable rather than a respectable feeling because when people started reading such a thing they will think their life is full of negativity, but negativity doesn’t exist. Now a day’s social media and most of the web is flooded with inspirational quotes which have just a flowery text. I know he writes candidly about our daily situation, but it won’t work in rational life. Mark Manson should read ancient Hinduism or Buddhist text of philosophy, it has more humble and realistic approach to give the lesson, or we can take Sartre or Camus, they have far better than Mark's arrogant speech. 
My friends, if you really stretch your hand to get self-help books, then you have a real problem, big problem. I have never built my test for this kind of bullshit because I never gave a good fuck for constructiveness, but my mind had played a little game with myself this time, the book’s bright color and very big screaming letters, and of course a big fuck gave me a bad repercussion and I bought this unsubtle art of writing. 
In fact, control over the mind is a tricky job. Mark is trying to create a miracle mind, which left me with a contemptuous smile.

I have two words left. Don’t try.

I give fucking 1 star out of 5.


Sunday, 1 July 2018

BOOK REVIEW: A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN

Let me put on this way; this novel is most cherished by American readers. Obviously, it is not the story of the tree itself. But, Betty Smith used the tree as a literary device, a symbol of Francie Nolan, a beautiful and brave girl who grows in paved soil in Brooklyn.
Betty Smith was born in 1896. She is best known for her novel a tree grows in Brooklyn (Published in 1943), which was immediate bestselling and considerably most prominent work of the 20th centuries. She is also the author of Maggie-Now (1958), Joy In The Morning (1963) and Tomorrow Will Be Better (1947). 

In this novel, insofar Betty Smith successfully imbued her characters with subtle words and feelings. Francie Nolan grew near Williamsburg and Greenpoint. At that time there was huge poverty between the two-great flux of immigrants, the Irish, German, Italian, Jews and the East European. Francie is second generation American. Her father was an Irish and mother was Austrian. Smith wrote every incident truthfully, so it is poignant and moving in every way. This uplifting story has a unique way to catch up the then time of Francie. I have never been to Brooklyn, but I really liked the way Smith describes the city itself. It is so lively, dynamic and heartwarming.  

I can read this story again and again. I reckon that it has a very slow pace of writing, but the way she described the day to day life of Brooklyn is mesmerizing. She is into it, emotionally attached to the street, she had grown up. 

I am not going to write about the story, but it has the power to envelop you. Francie is smart, astute, agile girl who loves reading.

          “The world was hers for the reading.”  She said.

It really gives you a lukewarm repercussion after reading this novel. Somewhere Smith writes this way:

“Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry... have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere - be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”

The main theme of the book is the class and poverty I in a society where Francie lives. In most of the pages, Smith writes about the struggle of the family to survive. Francie’s grandmother tells her daughter, Kattie, to let her children read every night before bed, it means they believe education is the only way to get rid of the poverty.

Without water and sun and even proper soil, a tree in the title grows in tenement districts, it symbolizes hardship in someone’s life.





 I give this book 5 stars out of five.








Friday, 29 June 2018

Book Review: La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes

One anonymous author pulled the trigger on such a high. It's magic. It’s known as the first picaresque novel from history and this one is the influential work of modern literature ‘La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes.' This novella was published in Spain in 1554, in Spanish literature of the golden age, by an unknown author in the form of the first-person narrator.  



This is the tale of one poor boy from the little village of Spain who gives extremely influential to the western literature. Writer dragged his sufferance and beautifully splashed them into the pages. I read the whole novella straight through, not because of its short size, but because it has a life on it. The author and the character are still unknown to us, but the work is widely known to the world. You will be amazed when you come to know that Cervantes and the other renowned authors trail their story on it. Everyone gets inspiration from this work.



This is the story of Lazaro da Tormes, her mother calls him Lazarillo, which means little Lazaro which is written in the first person. The story is significant soever we can't put away until you finished it.

The novella starts with “well! Your honor must know…” that means narrator going to express the truth of his life. He tells everything about his life which was pathetic and clumsy.

“How many there are in the world who run from others because they do not see themselves in them,” the narrator tells his inferiority to your Excellency. 



Many critics believe that picaresque genre started from this novella. Generally, picaresque is an anti-hero who grows on the wrong side of the society. It follows the path of realism and this novella is the example of the first picaresque adopted writing. At that time the popular theme was knighted, heroic characters and noble man, but this one has a poor boy who struggled to live with deception and crime. The writer’s intention is to unveil the hypocrisy of that Spanish time. This writing was banned at that time of publication.



In the first chapter ‘parentage of Lazaro and the reason for his surname’ writer tried to foreshadow his deprived life ahead. He was born on the bank of the Tormes river from where he gets his surname. The whole novella divided into seven chapters, each chapter devoted to one master of the protagonist. He is an anti-hero. He is not a good human, yet he is mysteriously profound. His willingness to survive depends on various deceptions, and trickery.



Another popular example of the picaresque novel is Mark Twain's The Adventure of Huckleberry Fin, Voltaire’s Candide.

5 stars out of 5


Sunday, 24 June 2018

Book Review: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

 Okay, let’s start this way!



Who is this old man, why he climbed out of the window and where he gets disappeared? I am talking about the book 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared'. It is a bestselling breezy book which gives you loads of laugh but believe me it's not worthy of any serious reader, so how did I come across with this comic book?



The interesting thing is that the book has quite a long title. I wager you won't find any book’s title longer than this. The title itself gives us the plain idea about the pulp of the book.



The story starts at Allan Karlsson's old age home. He escaped before the very same day of his hundred-year birthday party from his ground-floor room's window. Now he is about to start his adventures. They start with the stealing the suitcase. Quite funny, huh? Hundred-year-old man who steals the suitcase.



When it first published in 2009, in Sweden, by Jonas Jonasson, it became the bestselling book. After being published in English, the hype of the book is mounted and became world bestseller.



I went through many rave reviews before starting this fun piece. Many people found this man called Allan same as Forrest Gump, but I have a different prospect. He is not even in the last toe of Forrest Gump.



In an interview with Angela Lenin, Jonas said “I had a bit of Allan in me. When I was a young man I never worried about anything. I lost it by working too hard and through my marital troubles, but I then used him in an extreme way to create the book.”



The funny parts are where he meets with few historical figures such as Richard Nixon, Kim II Sung, Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, which is a lot absurd thing, but the story has been said in a confident way. Somewhere it reminds me of Sancho Panza, a good comical character in the famous literary work. The structure of this book is, it has a two time-line, one is present time, hundred years of age, and the other one is a past time of Allan’s life. Every alternative chapter describes Allan’s past life.



A centenarian Allan Karlsson is best for explosive materials which were the main reason for every leader from 20th centuries who met with him. Besides, he meets with drug lords and thieves who make the story even funnier. Anyway, at some point, past-stories become the main story.



Aye, I am giving this book 2 stars out of five.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Book Review: The Prophet


My rating 5 Out of 5

Every time when I take a peaceful amble into my room full of books, one book would be able to capture my attention. It was published in 1923, written by Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet. It is the best-known creation by the author so far. Once he was asked how he came to write it? 'Did I write it?' he replied. 'it wrote me'.


I have scad collection of classic literature, among them, The Prophet is giving out a bright light. What has it hidden inside that lured me to read for the umpteenth time? The answer is simple, the book has enveloped tons of philosophical kinds of kinds of stuff. This masterpiece has been translated into more than twenty languages and sold a million copies. And the book alone is spreading good fragments into my reading room for a long time.

This book has several topics of human life- birth, death, marriage, love, children, work, giving, eating and drinking, joy and sorrow etc. Somewhat we can call it a spiritual poetic essay. It has the power to penetrate your soul deep inside. The book starts with Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who had waited twelve years for his ship to come back to take him to his birth-place.
It was published in 1923 but still, relevant to our lives and has a sheer beauty in every page. Almustafa speaks to the people of Orphalese, about every day's topic of life and gives them hope. Each time when I sit on my favorite couch to read this blissful piece, it gives me goosebumps.


On the introduction page of the 2002 edition of penguin classic, it says, "...Gibran was later to claim that he first dreamt of the book when he was a child in Lebanon. Later he was to say that he kept the finished manuscript for four years before delivering it to the publisher, because 'I wanted to be very sure that every word of it was the very best I had to offer.' He said" 
I recommend this book to everyone.