Monday, February 04, 2008

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

It's not easy book, as I said.
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. There are many senses and contexts, certainly.
But I'm not a literary critic. I want to recall only the "turns of heart" of the main characters there:

"But this question of love (she thought, putting her coat away), this falling in love with women. Take Sally Seton; her relation in the old days with Sally Seton. Had not that, after all, been love?"

"To love makes one solitary, she thought. "

"One could not be in love twice, he said"

but the ending is what makes the essence of the book:

"What is this terror? what is this ecstasy? he thought to himself. What is it that fills me with extraordinary excitement? It is Clarissa, he said.
For there she was."

Sunday, February 03, 2008

My readings...

I'm not a good blogger. You know my vistors .... But I will do my best to improve :-) In fact I feel the urge to publish some notes after every book I read. To many of you who know me, this must be a surprise: Mirek reads? When? Actually I listen to. For last 3 and half years I listen to various audio books in English. My principial source is Audible.com, but occasionally I used also Aishaudio.com and some other sources. The audio books opened to me a world of literature that was closed to me because of my busy life as CEO of Makolab....

Now, whereever I go, in my car on a trip, in plane, and almost everyday on bike between my home and my office - I have my earphones on, my Zen Nano on and I read by my ears....

I will try to post some thoughts about the best books I read. As for today - I just finished Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.... incredible book, but honestly - quite difficult ... After the Clarissa Dalloway "stream of consciousness" I switch to Ken's Follett "World without end". Easier reading certainly - but I like Ken's style and imaginative narration. I was mesmerised by "Pillars of the earth" ....

Well, I do not promise to give a post to all great books I read - but I will try to list them, comment on some, and be better with my future reading.

Keep smiling with me --> and READ !!!!