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Moby Dick!

 

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. Ishmael’s obsessively narrates the quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale that on the ship’s previous voyage bit off Ahab’s leg at the knee….

 

I could go on and on about the summary but I might end up just describing the book so I’ll stop here. I am simply going to talk about whether I liked the book or not. Also, I should warn I might end up just disclosing the book to you. Reads ahead and you might come across some spoilers. (In case you are reading or plan to read this book.)

 

So, before I tell you about if I liked the book or not, I will disclose you some random facts which you might already know, but since I am getting bored in the middle of the day, and I have no one to talk to, I might just go on. So, bear with me.

 

August 1, 2019 marks the 200thbirthday of the author that remains unread in English language. There could be many reasons behind it, the assumed complex plot of his book Moby Dick that may have instances of gay marriage, slavery and imperialism and existential crisis, would be few of them. It also has a reputation of being dull.

 

But is it?

 

Well, I am rolling my eyes right now. I want to say ‘no’ but I can’t. I mean yeah, it’s long; it’s dreary but not so much as dull. I am contradicting myself, am I not? But I have a little mixed review of this one. Yes, the author drags and drags about whaling and finding the whale and you start wondering if at all you are going to see that wale in the book. There was a point when I started thinking that if the whale makes no appearance at all, it would be like waiting for an ice cream cone in a hookah bar. But nearing the end, I mean too close to the last few pages; we do get a glimpse of the so-talked-of white whale. So, what I am trying to say is, patience with the book pays off. I did think to give up on this book midway, but considering the fact that the copy was sitting on my table for soooooo long, I had to at least find out what happens. Honestly, I was literally hooked for the first 150 pages or so and lost myself midway because of the too much delay, in thinking if anything is about to happen or not. But then it all picked up nearing the last 100 pages.

 

I did find out what happens, partly though. I do know what happens to Ahab but I still wanted to find out what happens to our dear Moby Dick. I mean, I know just as the other books that leave you hanging you are supposed to make assumptions here, but despite reading more than 600 pages, I still wanted more.

 

So, there you have it, I have mixed reviews of the book. I liked it and I didn’t like it. There is a lot to think about here, you’ll need a lot of patience, I mean a-lot to finish the book even once so the thought of reading it again does not cross my mind as of now. May be later.

 

So, pick this up! I mean if you have that kind of endurance you really should. thoughtco.com claims this to be one of the top 5 classics that you should read in your lifetime. And I think you won’t regret it. It is funny at the same time it makes your brain go on a full time parole.

 

I am sure I would have enjoyed this even more if I had read it at some other time. Last month was pretty disturbing and picking this up then, wasn’t exactly helpful. The book to me was more of the right person that comes across in your life at the wrong time. But then that’s my personal experience. I still recommend this one to really serious and avid-avid-avid readers. You are not going to get along this boy toy if you are looking for something casual.

 

PS: I am weird and I liked Queqeeg more than others.

PPS: I just got to know, with this I make a mark of 500 posts on my page!

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Reader’s Dilemma!

Do you remember everything you read? Like, every single plot, every single theme of the book, or protagonists’ name or every detailed thought that occupied his/her mind?

 

I mean I know it is insanely impossible, but wouldn’t life be so much easier? I mean there are times when I need references from something I have already read, and yet I am blank. At times like these I wonder, what was the point of reading it when I have already forgotten it?

 

And then there is the trouble of reading it again. What with all the other unread books, I will never be able to finish what I want to read if I keep piling up the list. I should make peace with that now when I have books marked ‘to be read’ on my Kindle app, some post-its thrown about here and there, some names written on the back of my notebooks and journals, some screenshots found on the internet, some names scribbled in the notes app on my phone, some books already bought, some added in the cart just for the sake of it!

 

But coming back to remembering whatever I have read, now that would make a whole lot of things easier for me, especially when it comes to my exams. I’d give you an instance. I like reading classics, unlike what Mark Twain said, “Classic- a book which people praise and don’t read” I believe in reading them which also helps me in my studies and papers. However, this not-remembering stuff isn’t quite cool. What is the point of reading something 5 years earlier and not remember it when asked surprisingly in an exam? Now I know it sounds insane, but be that as it may, people expect you to remember everything, every single thing that you have read, ever, even if it is a name of a dog that the protagonist owns in a 1920 novel written by so and so!

 

Again, what’s the point exactly!!

June Reads!

June was supposed to be the month where I barely read, or barely finish at least one book. Contrary to my assumptions, these are the following books that I read I June and I am pretty sure you can judge me for reasons to follow!

I am into mythical reads and the retelling of the Mahabharata from Kunti’s point of view was not only poetic but also so very enchanting. Initially, this was the plan, to finish the above book and go back to studying for the exams. What I did, instead, was this:

I kept telling myself that I am studying for the exams but I got bored and so I only thought of, I repeat only thought of scraping through the pages of this:

I ended up finishing this too.🤓🤐

And this was lying at my table for so long that I took pity on it and picked it up next. Now, the pity went too far, for I finished this midway of June.Now, really Moushmi you need to study for exams. And so I did. But the papers could ask you anything from fiction, non-fiction, dystopian. And so the next book knocks on the door, makes the puppy face and allures me. Okay, of cfurse they can ask me anything from this book too so why ever not. And hence my last book:

And after this exam fever really came soaring by and I fell into his arms, callously. And now with everything over I keep thinking “Oh Lord, what have I done!!”

 

May Reads!

May might not have been as fruitful a month as April in terms of reading, but it was fun all the same.

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This was the second book in the series, and I am still skeptical about picking up the third one. Though it was better than the first one with more magic and demons but still I am not sure if this is such a great read.

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Now, this one was really gripping, in the beginning that is. I went on a roller coaster ride, but then the running got too much, and it became mundane for me. A fair read!

 

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I love the March family, however much goody-good all of it sounds and I was only sorry to end the Little Women series with Jo’s boys.

 

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Wait, so I was missing the March family too much, so I went to this amazing book and read about Mr. March and his life from his point of view. The book discusses in detail what happens when Mr. March is away from his family during the war. And the book is one of the best I have read.

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Now, come one who am I to judge this! The writer must be judging me instead murmuring, “What the hell is she doing with my little book?”

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This was a very short poetry book and each one shook with different emotions. A quick read dealing with themes of war and death.

 

 

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Don’t know why I really bothered to even finish this! I just don’t know! DO NOT PICK THIS- I mean my point of view. At least read the reviews before you think of reading this. I thought this was going to be hilarious, but it was disastorous.

 

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Forever waiting forGgodot at the Becket international airport! I think I might just grow old and die at the very same airport!

Well, that’s it for today. Though I am pretty sure my books to be read in June is going to go down drastically. We will see!

How about you guys? Any fascinating book that you are reading?

 

 

Writing dilemma!

When you are both a reader and a writer, how do you deal with it? I mean to say, that both requires equal attention, peace and time and for me both mingles with each other. While I am reading, sometimes I get ideas of what I can write, but then as a writer, I think that somehow if I write about that particular thought, it would be duplicitous. It will be a by-product of someone else’s work and then I will be ‘not original’. But then when I do write it down, I do feel that what I was reading was just a way of an inspiration for me to create something else. Now, when I put it that way, I don’t sound like a cheater, but deep down I still wonder if it is original or am I just plagiarizing. Now, if the later is the situation, then I should stop writing with immediate effect. I have no notions of copying work.

 

In various fields of art, it has been repeatedly said, you look for inspirations; sometimes inspiration doesn’t come to you. And if we are looking for it, chances are we look for it in similar fields and even if the filed is different, it is we who are looking for the so-called inspiration, and so our options are limited. Don’t get me wrong; I am not justifying myself in any way. I have no intentions of doing so, what so ever. What I am trying to decipher is what if some of my writings are a product of something that I read? Now, if it was re-telling I would simply declare that it is a re-telling, but what if some specific idea, image, or even a line sticks with me and brings out an entire different picture?

 

I don’t know if you guys go through this, but as a reader I do face this occasionally which makes me trash some of the things I wrote, and if not trash, they remain unpublished, hidden on my hibernating folders and journals!

 

Do share your thoughts on this one. What do you think about it? Does this happen with you?

April Reads!

As much as I am shocked that we are already down with four months of the year, I think I may have covered up pretty much last month. Well, I am talking about reading and a little bit of writing. I started with having completed nine read books in January but it fell down to only two in the next months. And as for as writing is concerned it is almost on the same level.

But April, 2019, surprisingly was very productive considering my lackadaisical behaviour which lingers all year long!

When it comes to writing, you all know I am down to 30 poetries in the last month, which for sure might need a lot of editing but at the least it is there! And when it comes to reading, well, I think I have pretty much picked up my pace there too. And April, surprisingly was just AWESOME!

Here are the books that I read, some were really mind-boggling, others were good and yet some were disappointing. I am not doing any reviews here, the reviews are on Goodreads, if you want to find out more.

Find out below my April Reads:

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Now this was HILARIOUS, I mean dealing with a serious issue, but still hilarious. You might want to pick it up if you want to read something a little out of the ordinary, despite the ordinariness.

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Go ahead, judge me!!

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Now this was a little unique. Mystery and demons and magic. Fictitious yet believable.

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A simple historical romance, I’d say, but not so simple after all.

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Judged again? But honestly, not quite worth it, I mean the book obviously 😉

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This was my first with romance and thrill combined, and I was constantly on a roller-coaster ride, trying to find out what the hell happens. Might as well have developed a secret girl crush here.

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Okay now some serious reading. (And of course I cannot judge it)

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If the book title and the author itself isn’t enough for you to pick the book up,  then the humour, the mocking and the ideas written should be.

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A very short poetry book, and it moves you considering the reality of the tragedy that the poet goes through.

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This was my favourite from the month. The fact that that nothing is meaningful and the meaninglessness of life haas always hooked me.

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CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!

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Disappointed. Still wondering if to pick up the second one in the series or not!

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I hadn’t expected much off it. However, it proved surprisingly great considering the least popularity of the book. In fact some of the passages delve into ‘life’ so much that its sheer simplicity would shock you. A decent historical fiction with wars, romance and a curse to add flavour to the book.

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Only ‘some’ teens would like it. NOT MY CUP OF TEA!!!

Yeah, so 14 books in a month, not bad I guess?

What about you guys? What are you reading, what were you reading? Any recent favourites?

I am pretty sure, you won’t keep a book-addict waiting too long!!

 

Pleasure!

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Oh that pleasure,

Of reading;

hidden from those prying eyes.

 

PS: Ashamed only to be doing it till now 😉