Monday, June 8, 2009


Monday, June 8, 2009

A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
- William Styron

I got a wonderful gift from Jac today: a journal whose leaves I can fill with sc
ribblings, “anything to express my eternal love affair with books.” Books and writing – two of the things I love most in life!

Leafing delightfully through it, I discovered that some of the journal’s pages ask for the following (which I then proceeded to answer):

The last book I finished reading… Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Would I recommend this book to a friend?

One book I never thought I’d come to love… Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
Preconceptions that made
me reluctant to pick it up: Aside from the cover which I found a bit cheesy, I’m not really a fan of the exotic thriller genre.

This movie did justice to the book it was based on…
The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Reasons why I co
nsider the film as a good adaptation: Here’s where we cannot grumble that the book is better than the movie.

One book I read as a child that I still love today… Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal
Things I realized about th
e book after reading it again later in life: The Philippines in Rizal’s time is no different from how it is now.

My favorite characters in literature are… Howard Roark, Lily Bart, Aureliano Buendia, Yossarian and Mickey Sabbath.

What I love about these characters: Howard’s hair color, Lily’s eyelashes, Aureliano’s armpits, Yossarian’s feigning and Mickey’s licentiousness.

Most people are raving about this book. I’m not… Underworld by Don De Lillo
What convinced me to read this book in the first plac
e: It’s among the Times top five best work of American fiction in the last 25 years. I just had to know why it’s up there.

The most dog-eared book in my collection… Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

And I quote: “Will I really? . . . Will I really take the ax, will I really hit her on the head, split open her skull. . . Good Lord, will I really?”

I found this book hard to digest… Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
One thought I can’t get out of my head after reading the book: No wonder some hailed it as one of the most influential books of all time AND the second most dangerous book ever.

I would give my right arm just to meet this author… Philip Roth
One reason I fell in love with his work: His
irreverent, in-your-face, deliberately provocative style of writing.

Thanks so much, Jac!


Kayni said...

i have the same experience with "Atlas Shrugged." sadly, i gave up on

Agnes said...

The Godfather.... I totally agree, Angeli.

Angeli said...

Kayni, it was just too long, diba? those multiple-paged monologues, who speaks like that? :) i almost did not finish it too.

Agnes, I love The Godfather - the movie versions. :)

Anonymous said...

that's a nice journal! what a creative gift. i can't believe you enjoyed nile me tangere as a kid. that book is tough!

Angeli said...

hello prinsesamusang. it was fun. the opening scene where there's a banquet for Ibarra (and tinola was served) captured my imagination right away. all the characters - they fascinated me when i was in grade school and they fascinate me till now. :)

by the way, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. :)

Amelia said...

thanks for sharing and that was a really nice gift coming from a friend ;)

Angeli said...

yes, amelia. jac knows how i love books. :)

mordsith said...

I've also read Noli as a child, and to this day, I still like it. There are hundreds of interpretations of the book, but they are all interesting.

witsandnuts said...

I saw something like that in Powerbooks (December 2007 yata). I didn't know they maintained it. I shoud have gotten one. A clever gift. =)

Angeli said...

yeah, this came from powerbooks, too. it really is a great gift. nakakaaliw. :)

artemis said...

i have 'Atlas Shrugged' but haven't found time to read it yet. now i know what to expect.. hmm, made me even feel lazy to read it if it's all that intricate. I was also taken by Noli Me.. when I read it in comic form as a child, unfortunately, the comic book was stripped of the last pages so i was really 'bitin!" :-)

Angeli said...

Artemis, have you read The Fountainhead? That I enjoyed, compared to Atlas Shrugged. :)

It's a good thing Noli and Fili are now a must-read in high school. they're now part of the curriculum, right?

artemis said...

no i haven't read The fountain fact I haven't read any Ayn Rand yet, i think i have a couple of his books kept somewhere in my dark closet :-). i remember Atlas Shrugged because the friend who 'dumped' these books to me talked much about it before finally selling it to me, ha ha..

yes, Fili and Noli are required for 3rd and 4thyrs, as Ibong Adarna and Florante at Laura are for 1st and 2nd yrs... great books!

Anonymous said...

As a kid I read detective stories by Erle Stanley Gardner. Learned Latin from Erle, such as rigor mortis, and etcetera. hahaha.

Angeli said...

who is erle stanley gardner?

jacqueline said...

you're welcome, A. :)

i was really right giving that to you... see how you have filled up the pages? :)

enjoy your journal. :)

Angeli said...

thanks again, jac. :)

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