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ChubbyChipmunk

ChubbyChipmunk

Joined June 2019

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Soul Mountain | Gao Xingjian
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FINALLY, I've finished this book. It has been a long two months. Tbh, I have no idea what I have just read. This Nobel prize winning piece is incomprehensible to me. There is no purpose, no theme, no journey, no story.... perhaps I am limited in my understanding of this "masterpiece" by my lack of literature experience. Or maybe the English translation simply fails to do the original work justice. Either way, what are your thoughts on this one?

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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So it's been a month since I finished this, and the reason why I've waited this long to post is because there are simply some books for which the words to describe escape you. I feel so hostage to the wealth of emotions: rage, frustration, impending doom this book evokes; I am completely under-equipped to react.

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Then I realized: Tis not only I waiting for the happily ever after to be written; The descendants of Cora and her band: the ones who live beside us today are waiting still for a God to do them right. To be treated with equity in a society descend from wealthy plantation families. For the black man to be considered equal of the white both consciously and SUBCONSCIOUSLY. We have come so far, but there is far yet damage to unravel.

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A historic account with a message for today! Couldn't fit review into 450

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My first thought on reaching the last page of this journey: "Thief! Lier!"

How I felt cheated of an un-promised happy ending to a book whoes title preaches hope. How I wanted Ridgeway to wake from the error of his ways; How I wanted Royal and Cora to tie the knot and build a new life together; How I wished the story went on until the wronged were righted!

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The Lovely Bones | Sebold, Alice
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I got into this book having seen it's movie, and now feel that this is one of the few instances when the film transcends written word. While the movie was a gripping emotional ride full of tragedy and Susie possessed a premature maturity, I felt the book presented more of a homey little girl narration lacking the emotional timbre of the film.

That said, great book, wonderfully fresh perspective, powerful story of loss and reconciliation 👍

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The King's Curse | Philippa Gregory
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A fun if distressing read (because if the ending). Gregory's attention to detail and empathy for the human psychology is enhanced by her vivid imagination, lending a fully immersive narrative into medieval politics. Will definitely seek out more of her books!

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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This is one of the bravest books I have ever read. I can only imagine the balls it took to have written it.
Small Great Things discusses BIG TRAGIC THINGS that are day to day experiences for so any people. It does one of the most important things in paving a path to equity: forcing upon the isolated a realization of what happens outside our safe social economic bubble.

MUST READ!

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A post-war impact story spanning five generations brings into focus how quiet commands of the few and powerful in their leather padded offices can have far reaching consequences spanning geography and time.

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No Picnic on Mount Kenya | Felice Benuzzi
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This work swung me mercilessly from nail biting anxiety for the POWs, and speechless wonder in face of the ethereal scenes of Mount Kenya that Benuzzi has artfully penned to life.

Never before have I read a work so very like the depictions of a master landscape artist. Benuzzi leaves just enough unsaid to allow our imagination to take up the brush and complete a rendering of Mount Kenya unique to each reader.

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A thrilling read to be sure. Great pacing in the unfolding of clues, intriguing plot, spicy with historic half-truths. Set in Shanghai and rich with Chinese culture, TMC brings something fresh to the detective genre. But that is the extent of my praise for this book. Perhaps because I've been doing some heftier reading lately (Tolstoy, Orwell, Hemingway), this novel fails to ignite philosophical curiosity as some classics do.

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Little Women, Good Wives | Louisa May Alcott
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The story of four young women setting aside personal ambition to pursue docile domesticity; A book filled to the brim with moralizing lectures for "young women" to be demure, submissive, and unconditionally self-sacrificing....

My recommendation? Read this, if only to realize our privilege of living in a time when little girls are encouraged to dream big dreams and when "Little Women" continues to be marketed as a "must read for young girls".

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The King's Curse | Philippa Gregory
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Digging into a longer read after "The Old Man and The Sea"

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The Old Man and the Sea | Ernest Miller Hemingway
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Just finished this masterpiece. Each and every word is where it should be, each word has purpose and meaning. Also, terrible feeling of melancholy in the last pages of the book.

You can pick this up and finish reading it within the span of one afternoon in the coffee shop. Then, you can go home and finish thinking** about it over the next 5 years.

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Freakishly mesmerizing

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Chinese Cinderella (PMC Ed) | Adeline Yen Mah
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My third time reading through this letter addressed to the scared little girl living inside each of us, my tears flowed as never before.

This is the type of book that wretches you heart so brutally that you want to fling it out the window, yet you stay your hand, because somehow in these heartfelt pages, you see traces of your own story.

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Resurrection | Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy
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The very notion that makes the institutions of 1984 possible. I'm starting to spot a theme in these "classics"

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George Orwell's 1984 | George Orwell

Reading this as the new HK-China extradition law is being debated. “He who control the present control the past - He who controls the past controls the future” Food for thought.

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