Eccentric taste of books

the Great Gatsby

  “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” “I hope she’ll be a fool ,that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” “Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away

The Great Gatsby” is narrated by Nick Carraway, a recent Yale graduate, who moves to New York and lives next door to Gatsby, an affluent man who lives a frivolous and extravagant lifestyle. Nick finds out that Gatsby is in love with Nick’s cousin, Daisy, and Nick sets up a meeting between the two.

When Daisy accidentally hits and kills a woman, Gatsby’s love persuades him to say he was driving the car so that he could protect Daisy and her reputation. The woman’s husband finds out it was Gatsby’s car that killed his wife, goes to Gatsby’s house and kills him.

“The Great Gatsby” was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and is considered an American classic. It not only gives an accurate depiction of the lifestyle of the wealthy during the 1920s, but it challenges the values of the American dream. Fitzgerald’s novel questions the idea that money, prosperity and popularity are all one needs to be happy”.

Good Bye to all that

“About this business of being a gentleman: I paid so heavily for the fourteen years of my gentleman’s education that I feel entitled, now and then, to get some sort of return.”
Robert Graves was born in 1895 at Wimbledon into a middle-class family. He was son of Alfred Perceval Graves, the Irish writer and Amalia von Ranke. Graves’s childhood was a happy one. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Robert Graves was a respected historian and classical scholar. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961. He wrote mostly historical novels which include: I, Claudius; Claudius the God; Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth, Count Belisarius, Wife to Mr Milton; The Golden fleece,… He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That in 1929. His most discussed books are The White Goddess, which presents a new view of the poetic impulse, and The Nazarene Gospel Restored, a re-examination of primitive Christianity. He has translated Apuleius, Lucan and Suetonius. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961, and made an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, in 1971. He lived in Majorca from 1929 till he dies in December 1985.

This takes place in England (where Robert is born, where he spent his childhood, his leaves during the war and his life after the war till 1929), in Germany (where he went on vacation), in France (where he serves during the war) and in Egypt (where he lives a few years after the war)

In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon

Redmon O’Hanlon takes us into the bug-ridden rain forest between the Orinoco and the Amazon–infested with jaguars and piranhas, where men would kill over a bottle of ketchup and where the locals may be the most violent people on earth (next to hockey fans).

A different style of travel book.While reading, you got a lot of sympathy for Redmond. His patience, curiosity, the way he acts and accepts the things he’s got to deal with. But for the most of his writing with much detail and especially a lot of humour.
All environments are described very well, dialogue’s and his travel-partners, the wildlife, tribes and their habits and the danger of it all. pretty often you think O’Hanlon won’t survive the book. A real adventure. A very special read-experience and very instructive as well.

Pride and prejudice

“Mr. Darcy: Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you… I had to see you. I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. These things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony.”

Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s first novel, published in 1813. Some scholars also consider it one of her most mature novels.Austen began writing Pride and Prejudice under the title First Impressions in 1796, at the age of twenty-one. She probably wrote the first draft as an epistolary novel, meaning the plot unfolded through an exchange of letters. In 1797, Austen’s father offered his daughter’s manuscript to a publishing company, but they refused to even consider it.

Five daughters of a country gentleman who married for beauty and lived to regret it, are enticed by their foolish (though a gentlewoman) mother’s announcement of two eligible bachelors in the neighborhood who are newly come down from London. The meetings between the five daughters and these two, as well as other eligible bachelors, at balls result in hoped for love for one sister, disdain and infatuation and irritation from three separate bachelors for another sister, a dangerous elopement for a third sister, and nothing much more than scoldings for the other two sisters.

Jane hopes for marriage with Mr. Bingley but her evenly bestowed smiles lead Darcy to convince Bingley that his love is not returned, while Darcy finds greater and greater attraction in Elizabeth whom he thought too unexceptional to dance with at the Meryton ball. Darcy’s old enemy, Wickham, accidentally arrives on the scene and turns Elizabeth’s head–and heart–with gossip about Darcy that steels Elizabeth’s negative opinion against Darcy. When a visit to Rosings Park to visit Charlotte–Elizabeth’s best friend who shocked her by marrying the cousin whom Elizabeth had strongly rejected–exposes Elizabeth to a proposal of marriage form Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth begins a journey of self-discovery.

When a holiday with her Aunt and Uncle surprises Elizabeth with a tour of Pemberley, Darcy’s estate and manor house, and then surprises her with the unannounced presence of Darcy himself, Elizabeth’s future begins to look brighter as Darcy seems to have taken some of her scathing insults to heart when she rejected his proposal and made himself into a kinder person. But news of Lydia’s strange elopement with Darcy’s enemy, Wickham, throws Elizabeth on Darcy’s mercy and ends her newly sprung hopes of a renewal of his affections. Darcy recognizes his fault of prideful silence in Wickham’s being allowed to socialize with respectable families and immediately goes to set things right.

After making amends for the harm his pride and ill-judged decisions had caused, Darcy and Bingley return to Netherfield Park and visit the Bennet home. This time Bingley knows his affection is returned and Darcy knows, because of the outcome of Elizabeth’s interview with Darcy’s meddling aunt, Lady de Bourgh, that Elizabeth may no longer despise him. Both ladies and men receive their heart’s desires when each couple finds a moment to be alone and two weddings are joyously celebrated.

Think and Grow Rich

“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”

This is the best self help book any entrepreneur could ever read. Perhaps the only one they need to. Napoleon Hill was tasked by Andrew Carnegie to write a book on what made a successful person succeed, and he spent 20 years researching and interviewing every great name of the day (Ford, Woolworth, Edison, etc), plus lots of people who failed . This book is the result. It basically hammers home a single point, over and over again. Success comes from knowing what you want to achieve and having a burning desire to achieve it.

“The starting point of all achievements is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”

The Hunger games

“May the odds be ever in your favour”.

A  Book by Suzanne Collins In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives.

Twilight Series

“Even more, I had never meant to love him. One thing I truly knew – knew it in the pit of my stomach, in the center of my bones, knew it from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet, knew it deep in my empty chest – was how love gave someone the power to break you”

Bella falls in love in a far more literal sense: she falls for Edward Cullen, one of the beautiful, ethical vampires living in her new home of Forks, Washington.

This leads her into intense danger, first from Edward, who must master his intense desire to drink her blood if she is to live, and then saving her from other vampires who are not as ethical or civilized as Edward and his loving adoptive family. The result is a striking blend: one part young adult novel about high school romance, two parts intense and often erotic desire between a young girl and a hundred-year-old vampire, a final portion a roller coaster of a thriller as another vampire tries to kill Bella and it continues.

P.S.I Love You

“She was a woman who made mistakes, who sometimes cried on a Monday morning or at night alone in bed. She was a woman who often became bored with her life and found it hard to get up for work in the morning. She was a woman who more often than not had a bad hair day, who looked in the mirror and wondered why she couldn’t just drag herself to the gym more often; she was a woman who sometimes questioned what reason had she to live on this planet. She was a woman who sometimes just got things wrong.”

Author Cecelia Ahern, the 22-year-old daughter of Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, writes with insight beyond her years in her debut novel, P.S. I Love You, a book at once poignant and comical, introspective and farcical.
Holly Kennedy, 29, has just become a widow when the novel opens, her husband Gerry her best friend, lover and soul mate having succumbed to a brain tumor. Holly slogs through aimless days and nights with only memories to keep her afloat until her mother reminds her of an envelope she received in the mail just before Gerry’s death. The notes inside are labeled with the remaining months of the year, March through December, and each one contains a tip, written by Gerry as he was dying, to help Holly get on with her life. The first instructs her to go shopping for a new outfit, which gets her out of her dirty jeans and Gerry’s T-shirts; July’s note sends her on a vacation to Spain for a week with her two best friends, September pushes her to get out and look for her “best job ever,” and December, the last note, encourages Holly not to be afraid to love again.Gradually, Holly emerges from her cocoon. Armed with a new job in charge of advertising for a trendy magazine, she is constantly buoyed by her long-time friends.They drag Holly along to “hen parties,” shopping trips and balls against her wishes.

The Lighting thief

“This is a pen”

On the first day of summer, just after his sixth-grade year, Percy discovers that something is wrong with him. Or rather, something is right with him. He learns that he is a half-blood: half-human, half-god. He is taken to Camp Half-Blood in New York, a camp for kids just like him that is safe from monsters that like to attack half-bloods.

At camp, Percy learns more information about himself: his father is Poseidon, god of the Sea and brother to Zeus and Hades. When Zeus’s master bolt (the thing that allows him to create lightning whenever he wants) is stolen, Poseidon is blamed for the theft. Zeus tells Poseidon that the master bolt must be returned to Mount Olympus by the summer solstice, or else he will declare war on Poseidon. Poseidon is miffed that his brother Zeus would even accuse him of such a thing.Story continues Percy helping his father returning lighting bolt to Zeus,saving world.


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