Things to read
good ol' books
will eventually divide into genres*
Homage to Catalonia
when you go to Spain just to Kill Fascists but end up in the middle of a political mess and an anarchist revolution, by George Orwell.
I think about this every day of my life. It's him telling the reader what he saw and did in Catalonia, about his military service in the POUM, about how cool anarchist Barcellona was, and about how he had to flee to save his life because the Soviet Union joined the fight.
(beware, as he says multiple times: this only is what he saw and understood, it's not objective truth. It's a small and flawed (but very interesting imho) portion of the bigger picture!).
also, very recommended to anyone who thinks that 1984 and Animal Farm are anti-socialism.
The Baron in the Trees
young Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò is tired of always obeying his father, climbs up a tree and declares he'll never get down, and so he does. He lives a long and fulfilling life travelling from branch to branch, and earns the respect of the people around him
The story is set in the 18th century and is narrated by his younger brother, who tries to write down all of his and other people's memories of Cosimo to tell his amazing tale.
very uhh, lighthearted? ~whimsical~ ? . It's cool to read about how he managed to live up there,
Almost entirely the log of Mark Watney, an astronaut who's stuck on Mars because of an accident and has to use all of his sciency knowledge to survive. Mark is so damn funny, and I've read that almost all of the science is accurate
“I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I’m the best botanist on the planet.” - Mark
*is a horrible bug*
I don't have the words to describe this novel. Josef K. is arrested for unknow reasons but not imprisoned, so he has to take a trip through the absurd world of The Law to understand what's going to happen.
Kafka is famous for being doomy and gloomy, but I think there's humor in his stories
Everyone and their grandmothers knows this book, so yeah. I really like it, the Ministry of Love part especially kept me glued to the pages, but I see why some people might find it dull.
a dumb thing:willow-herb is a flower. For whatever reason they were just "weeds" in my translation, so when I read this:
"And the bombed sites where the plaster dust swirled in the air and the willow-herb straggled over the heaps of rubble;"
it was a surprise. It struck me, more than it should have! "wow, purple flowers in this gloomy book?!". I knew that Orwell loved nature, that he could name lots of plants of the english countryside, and that he found the toad's eyes beautiful, so this was a nice little detail :)
Then, after a few pages, I read:
"His [Winston's] small but childish handwriting straggled up and down the page, shedding first its capital letters"
and I thought "wow, straggled like the flowers!!". It's probably a coincidence. end of thing
*my reading list is so long but all my books are still catching dust :/ (these aren't the only ones I read!)
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