Well I am a bit late in writing my quote for the week due to work so today I really wanted to find something that captures the way I feel about books and reading. Quite often you will find that 1 book that you have to tell the whole world about and won’t rest until at least 1 or 2 of your friends read it, so I completely resonate with this quote.
I love Sylvia Plath I love her poetry her fiction her talent and creativity. She gave so much of herself that it is so sad how her life ended so tragically. There is just so much for us all to write about if we just stretch our imagination to the best of our ability and create something that shows our heart. When we give ourselves over to our writing something magical happens and we begin to realise that yes we can do this. It is worth it even if only one person reads what you have written, you have still managed to touch one’s soul and speak out to them. Don’t let self-doubt control you.
The life of the creative writer can be so frustrating:
we so long for writing amazing characters;
but are to afraid that they will be stereo-typed,
or not strong enough.
we so long to write interesting plot lines and stores;
but are to afraid that we won’t capture the readers imagination,
or it would be considered as un-original.
we so long to create new and exciting worlds;
but we are to afraid that they won’t make any sense to others,
or it is not how we imagined it.
we song to put pen to paper;
but there is like this imaginary force that prevents us from doing so,
or is it our own perfectionism preventing us from writing to afraid that we will never live up to our high expectations?
So what do we do in these situations?
Do we press on hoping against all hope that what we write will get through to other?
Or do we give up now saving as the pain of failure later on?
We have the choice. If we give up our stories won’t be heard and we all have a voice and a story to tell. If we press on we might just touch one soul and change their lives and for me that is enough to struggle forward and continue to write.
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway Book Review 25.
“But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated. “
Well what to say about his book. All it seems to be about is an old man and his struggle to catch this big fish that is dragging him across the ocean. This book is indeed a difficult book to write an overview for because of a) it’s shortness and b) it’s lack of a plot. A lot of people would probably argue with me on this one but needless to say I did not like it. I understand that it is about the old man’s struggle of overcoming his trials of no longer succeeding in fishing, and therefore struggles in life as well as fishing is his livelihood. But this really all there is so there is not much else to say.
So I will go straight to my thoughts on the book. As I have already said I did not like this book. I actually felt like a had to skim read very quickly just to get it finished. I found it frustrating and well boring to be honest and I know that I am definitely going to get a few people disagreeing with me here. Well this book just wanted for me and maybe Hemingway just isn’t for me for I have tried a few of his books and I just haven’t been able to get through them.
So who out there loves Hemingway and can maybe enlighten me on the subject?
My Rating: 1 out 10 (for boring me to death)
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain”.
“The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education”.
“I suggest that the great art belongs to all people, all the time–that indeed it is made for the people, by the people, to the people”.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simision Book Review 24.
“If you really love someone,’ Claudia continued, ‘you have to be prepared to accept them as they are. Maybe you hope that one day they get a wake-up call and make the changes for their own reasons – Claudia.”
Don Tillman is a man who is socially awkward and has no idea on how to interact with people. He runs his life on a very strict schedule and will not change it under any circumstances. Until one day he decides that he would like to meet a potential life long partner and therefore creates the wife project. Don writes up a questionnaire about who he wants or doesn’t want in the women of his dreams and puts it up online in a dating website and also brings it along to other forms of social dating. Here comes Rosie, a woman who is completely the opposite in every way but has somehow managed to find a way into his heart and changed his world forever.
The Rosie Project is a beautiful read and I really enjoyed it. I very rarely read best sellers who Australian Fiction (which is odd I know because I am Australian), but like Rosie found a way into Don Tillman’s heart so did this book. It really opens up a world that I am not familiar with; the awkwardness in dating, the regimental routines and that sort of thing and I can say that I am so glad that I put my prejudices aside for a moment and gave The Rosie Project ago. I often found myself laughing out loud during some of the many hilarious scenes and crying uncontrollably when the characters get hurt, particularly Don. I would definitely recommend this book it really touched my heart and I am so grateful that I eventually read it.
My Rating (9 out 10, just not quite exceptional, sometimes predictable but still enjoyable).
My Favourite Quote:
“I need not be visibly odd. I could engage in the protocols that others followed and move undetected among them. And how could I be sure that other people were not doing the same – playing the game to be accepted but suspecting all the time that they were different? Don Tillman”