Why People Should Read?
"Book of Lost Things"
----by John Connolly
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things. It is an imaginative story about how to do your best to retain your childhood during the journey of adulthood. That's what I read in the book. How to deal with love, death, loss and memory, how to deal with hate? True kindness means facing the harsh reality; True evil, hidden in the false fairy tale, especially the king. If you have ever been hurt, hated, loved, you will understand: fairy tales never are sanctuary. Hate and love should be controlled. After read this book, I recoll the person I once hated. Then i ask myself, if I could be king of another world, would I say that name to hurt him?
"My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry"
----by Fredril Backman
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different. After reading this book, I don't know who can "heal" me better than grandma. Life is trivial, and there is nothing wrong to live for life. But grandma taught us that sometimes we need to give life back to ourselves, just as god did when he gave it to us. Even, we can do something "out of line”. As grandma said: we must do something, otherwise we are not real people.
"The Moon and Sixpence"
----by William Somerset Maugham
First published in 1919, W. Somerset Maugham’s “The Moon and Sixpence” is an episodic first person narrative based on the life of Paul Gaugin. At the center of the novel is the story of Charles Strickland, an English banker who walks away from a life of privilege, abruptly abandoning his wife and children, in order to pursue his passion to become an artist. Strickland leaves London for Paris and ultimately Tahiti, mirroring the life of Gaugin who would also split with his wife to pursue a life of painting eventually immigrating to Tahiti. The title of the novel, which is never clearly explained in the novel, comes from a review for Maugham’s previous work “Of Human Bondage” in which that novel’s protagonist, Philip Carey, is described as “so busy yearning for the moon that he never saw the sixpence at his feet.” The moon in this sense might be seen as the lofty ambition to pursue a life of artistic expression in contrast to the sixpence which represents the security of a middle-class life style with wife and children to which the protagonist abandons. “The Moon and Sixpence” is the story of the demands that can be placed on a tortured artistic soul and consequently the lives that it touches. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper. This book means something to me. I can't imitate painters and I can't imitate all geniuses. But it doesn't matter. For a moment I thought it's ok if you're not been understood. Some people enjoy stopping at traffic lights while others enjoy the thrill when crossing the street. Some people are excited about their work while others cry over the fallen leaves in a foreign land... Maybe they can't understand or imitate each other, but they all exist in this world, noble or ordinary. They just exist. Maybe I meet some people who make me admire. I can find what I want in a flash, so thank you.
"To kill a Mockingbird"
----by Harper Lee
One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime. This book taught me to be in awe, the kind of awe that men have for women, the kind of awe that civilization has for nature, the kind of awe that powerful people have for those who don't. People should not think holding a gun is brave, the real brave is you know what justice is, and insist not to do injustice.
"Love in the Time of Cholera"
----by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again. It's so impressive that the love in the boat decided to continue until end of the life in the end of the story. This love have a romantic ending just like the beginning. And this romance cannot be doubted about its sincerity. Because promises made when you are old are more solemn than promises made when you are young. So we should give time and love respect. Because it is true that we can fall in love when we are old.