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The Book Bug …

Just finished with the all so dreaded pracs a few days ago … which I am happy to report, were not all that bad …
So, now with the theory exams about 20 days away .. I decided I needed a couple of days of break before I had to go back to the monotinity of it all …

Yeah .. we do it every 6 months … have done so for the past 2 years … have still 2 more to go …

Anyways … generally I like to unwind … take my mind off work by either playing a game … or catching a couple of movies … and stuff …

I love to read … but have been avoiding that for quite sometime now due to the “not so much time to spare factor“, but I decided to hit the books this time …

I had purchased a Wilbur Smith – 2 in one special some months ago … but had been able to read only the first book – “The Dark of the Sun” which basically dealt with the adventures of this African Missionary …

Wilbur Smith was born and brought up in Africa and most of his books reflect the beauty and the brutality of the wild country …

I fell in love with his works … when I first read through the very big quot;Monsoon” … which dealt with the adventures of the Courtney family … english sea captains and pirates to many …

He has written many such books which span generations of a particular family ( The Courtneys ) in this case … and the previous book dealt with the father of the heroes of this book and the next book will deal with the sons of the heroes of this book and so on …

What struck me about this author was the amazing attention given to all details

… and the pictures he paints …

Throughout the 1100 page or so book … you are taken on an emotional roller coaster of joy, fear, disgust, anticipation, dismay … and all so many feelings that you cannot experience within a week …

The book which I am going through right now “Sunbird” is a tale of this African archaeologist and his quest to uncover these certain Phoenician ruins in a terror and war torn Botswana …

Again, the attention to detail is impeccable …

It does get boring at sometimes … but its like watching a movie in your head at 80 mm.

I did read a couple of “Hardy Boys” when I was in the fifth grade or so … but got extremely bored and was thankfully rescued by a friend who lent me his not so heard about “The Three Investigators” … Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews kept me company for most of my high school and I must have read most of the 50 volume series …

The series were written by Robert Arthur and later Hector

Sebastian and each book was introduced Alfred Hitchcock …

Unlike the Hardy Boys which were sooo predictive, the three investigator books

were smart, slick and believeable …

Later, I found “Agatha Christie” pretty slow … esp the Miss Maple series … the Hercule Poirot cases were interesting until too much french put me off …

Then have jumped from “Robin Cook” … who again gets repetitive after a while to “Sidney Sheldon” … same complaint …. ( but Tell me Your Dreams was too awesome ) and now the “Wilbur Smith” series …

In the middle … after my HSC exams … I happened to bump in to the “Perry Mason” series which were just awesome …
The books were small enough to be completed with a part of the day and the steries were amazing … If any of you are avid mystery readers … I couldn’t recommend a better book …

I exhausted all the copies from my local library and was still not bored …

But after all this, my favourite book is “The Fountainhead” by “Ayn Rand“.

I started the book twice … and was able to actually start reading only on my third attempt …

My mom had given me her copy which was a small, 1980 paperback edition … with small print, and very thin yellow pages …

It took me a week to finish the book … but it was one of the most amazing experiences ever …

The characters in the books are … agreed … a little larger than life … but I bet every person in the world will be able to identify with either one of them …

Be it Howard Roark, Peter Keating, Dominique Frankon, Guy Frankon, Gail Wyand or Elseworth Toohey … you can identify with atleast one or more of them …

So much emotion and philosophy couldn’t have been captured better …

The book sort of changes your life around … in so many ways … It tells you that if you believe in yourself and your ideals … then balls to everyone else …

Thats how you should life your life …

My most favourite part of the book ( one from the so many ) is the one in which Elseworth Toohey comes out to meet Roark from the Stoddard Temple ( which later is converted to his School for Subnormal Children ) … after having screwed him over … and tells to Roark :

Why don’t you tell me what you think of me ?quot;

But I don’t think of you” is what Roark replies …

Just too amazing …

Now to somehow get my hands on “Atlas Shrugged”

1 Comment

  • Hawkeye 13 years ago Reply

    good work there! keep reading its an enriching process. also a tip from a person who has seen a little bit more sunrises than you have :-).. books beyond providing entertainment and giving new information can help personal development.

    here is what i did.. most points that the author made ( be it herge of tintin fame or PGW or Ayn ryand).. it is interesting to first note the crux of the message conveyed and once that is understood think how you would have conveyed the same message in your own words. and then now look at the author’s work again and see how she/he conveyed it.

    its an amazing experience. 1) it wud tell you that in spite of reading teh authors words before framing your own.. u still will not lose ur individuality and you will frame it in your own unique style

    2) after reading the author’s words again you will find that it is more effective than yours but here u can learn means to improve your writing style without losing ur individuality.

    think about this.. most great writers are not only good readers but also have an eye out for writing techniques..

    my favorite passage in fountain head was when roark would enter wailand’s room. there is a beautiful para where she says that gail would raise his eyes while writing something to see howard pause for a moment in time and go back to writing. roark would pause for a moment in his stride towards gail and then continue walking towards him. both do not know if their pauses was for real or imagined. a wonderful paragraph.

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