Thursday, July 8, 2010

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA -- NOT SO MEMORABLE AFTERALL....

hmmm - wat is with me finding everything im reading these says so disappointing ?

Memoirs Of  a Geisha - by Arthur Golden - is a novel everyone has heard of. i finally finished it today - as i knew the ending of the novel i had been  lazy to read the last 30 pages of the novel . it is interesting indeed - meaningful and actually  does illuminate one bout the unknown asian past - but  if i were to look at it as a love story  - i would not find it as romantic as most people do.

the girl is skilled and exploited prostitute - she falls in love with an older man - guiding her through this is a much more interesting character called NOBU - she ends up with her love interest not with nobu.

i find the chairman a very weak character - it is almost despicable that all these married men are allowed to cumilatively exploit several women - while espousing false ideals of traditions - if sayuri had ended up with nobu , i think it would have made me happier.

it has all the traits of a bestseller - the woman's plight - who is astonishingly beautiful - falls in love with a handsome man , learns to love the hard way but ultimately finds a sort of happiness .with war , japan's great history , song dance routines and sex

though ,i do not agree with the read - and it will not feature on my favourite books list - it nevertheless has some very interesting characters - like sayuri's sister , the okiya keepers , mameha to name a few

one should read it though - it is a layman's best option to know about the elluding history of geisha's and their magical world

TIME'S LIST OF 110 MUST READ NOVELS

1. The Adventures of Augie March (1953), by Saul Bellow


2. All the King's Men (1946), by Robert Penn Warren

3. American Pastoral (1997), by Philip Roth

4. An American Tragedy (1925), by Theodore Dreiser

5. Animal Farm (1946), by George Orwell

6. Appointment in Samarra (1934), by John O'Hara

7. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (1970), by Judy Blume

8. The Assistant (1957), by Bernard Malamud

9. At Swim-Two-Birds (1938), by Flann O'Brien

10. Atonement (2002), by Ian McEwan

11. Beloved (1987), by Toni Morrison

12. The Berlin Stories (1946), by Christopher Isherwood

13. The Big Sleep (1939), by Raymond Chandler

14. The Blind Assassin (2000), by Margaret Atwood

15. Blood Meridian (1986), by Cormac McCarthy

16. Brideshead Revisited (1946), by Evelyn Waugh

17. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), by Thornton WilderC - D

18. Call It Sleep (1935), by Henry Roth

19. Catch-22 (1961), by Joseph Heller

20. The Catcher in the Rye (1951), by J.D. Salinger

21. A Clockwork Orange (1963), by Anthony Burgess

22. The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), by William Styron

23. The Corrections (2001), by Jonathan Franzen

24. The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), by Thomas Pynchon

25. A Dance to the Music of Time (1951), by Anthony Powell

26. The Day of the Locust (1939), by Nathanael West

27. Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), by Willa Cather

28. A Death in the Family (1958), by James Agee

29. The Death of the Heart (1958), by Elizabeth Bowen

30. Deliverance (1970), by James Dickey

31. Dog Soldiers (1974), by Robert StoneF - G

32. Falconer (1977), by John Cheever

33. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969), by John Fowles

34. The Golden Notebook (1962), by Doris Lessing

35. Go Tell it on the Mountain (1953), by James Baldwin

36. Gone With the Wind (1936), by Margaret Mitchell

37. The Grapes of Wrath (1939), by John Steinbeck

38. Gravity's Rainbow (1973), by Thomas Pynchon

39. The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott FitzgeraldH - I

40. A Handful of Dust (1934), by Evelyn Waugh

41. The Heart is A Lonely Hunter (1940), by Carson McCullers

42. The Heart of the Matter (1948), by Graham Greene

43. Herzog (1964), by Saul Bellow

44. Housekeeping (1981), by Marilynne Robinson

45. A House for Mr. Biswas (1962), by V.S. Naipaul

46. I, Claudius (1934), by Robert Graves

47. Infinite Jest (1996), by David Foster Wallace

48. Invisible Man (1952), by Ralph EllisonL - N

49. Light in August (1932), by William Faulkner

50. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1950), by C.S. Lewis

51. Lolita (1955), by Vladimir Nabokov

52. Lord of the Flies (1955), by William Golding

53. The Lord of the Rings (1954), by J.R.R. Tolkien

54. Loving (1945), by Henry Green

55. Lucky Jim (1954), by Kingsley Amis

56. The Man Who Loved Children (1940), by Christina Stead

57. Midnight's Children (1981), by Salman Rushdie

58. Money (1984), by Martin Amis

59. The Moviegoer (1961), by Walker Percy

60. Mrs. Dalloway (1925), by Virginia Woolf

61. Naked Lunch (1959), by William Burroughs

62. Native Son (1940), by Richard Wright

63. Neuromancer (1984), by William Gibson

64. Never Let Me Go (2005), by Kazuo Ishiguro

65. 1984 (1948), by George OrwellO - R

66. On the Road (1957), by Jack Kerouac

67. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), by Ken Kesey

68. The Painted Bird (1965), by Jerzy Kosinski

69. Pale Fire (1962), by Vladimir Nabokov

70. A Passage to India (1924), by E.M. Forster

71. Play It As It Lays (1970), by Joan Didion

72. Portnoy's Complaint (1969), by Philip Roth

73. Possession (1990), by A.S. Byatt

74. The Power and the Glory (1939), by Graham Greene

75. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), by Muriel Spark

76. Rabbit, Run (1960), by John Updike

77. Ragtime (1975), by E.L. Doctorow

78. The Recognitions (1955), by William Gaddis

79. Red Harvest (1929), by Dashiell Hammett

80. Revolutionary Road (1961), by Richard YatesS - T

81. The Sheltering Sky (1949), by Paul Bowles

82. Slaughterhouse Five (1969), by Kurt Vonnegut

83. Snow Crash (1992), by Neal Stephenson

84. The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), by John Barth

85. The Sound and the Fury (1929), by William Faulkner

86. The Sportswriter (1986), by Richard Ford

87. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1964), by John le Carre

88. The Sun Also Rises (1926), by Ernest Hemingway

89. Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), by Zora Neale Hurston

90. Things Fall Apart (1959), by Chinua Achebe

91. To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), by Harper Lee

92. To the Lighthouse (1927), by Virginia Woolf

93. Tropic of Cancer (1934), by Henry MillerU - W

94. Ubik (1969), by Philip K. Dick

95. Under the Net (1954), by Iris Murdoch

96. Under the Volcano (1947), by Malcolm Lowry

97. Watchmen (1986), by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

98. White Noise (1985), by Don DeLillo

99. White Teeth (2000), by Zadie Smith

100. Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), by Jean RhysAll-TIME Graphic Novels

101. Berlin: City of Stones (2000), by Jason Lutes

102. Blankets (2003), by Craig Thompson

103. Bone (2004), by Jeff Smith

104. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2002), by Kim Deitch

105. The Dark Knight Returns (1986), by Frank Miller

106. David Boring (2000), by Daniel Clowes

107. Ed the Happy Clown (1989), by Chester Brown

108. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000), by Chris Ware

109. Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories (2003), by Gilbert Hernandez

110. Watchmen (1986), by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

 
 
P.S. IM AN ENGLISH STUDENT - AND IV READ LIKE THREE OF THESE
 
*dies*

Monday, July 5, 2010

love and all things like that ......

it is easier than you think to say goodbye . heartbreaks dont hurt as much as you'd like to think they do . love happens more than once . you learn to live happily afterall . so dont lose sleep over things that dont happen or wont happen. there will always be sumthing else happening. just dont set your heart on nything too much . there are chances it might break and never heal to the original thing again


 
passion and love are good things to know . like weed , alcohol and cigarettes they become addictive - but you die young , and you die broken - so look for the good things in life - but trust the bad things- the boring ones - the sad ones - theones taht keep u awake and dont put u to sleep  - for bad luck and bad fortune are solider companions than love , good luck and good fortune can ever be. when you feel very sad - ... tell yourself it is not love making its sex - tell yourself its not wine but beer - tell me its not the scorpians but nirvana - then go to sleep - watch some t.v and you will do just fine
 
just dont listen to A BEAUTIFUL MIND'S SYMPHONY after that - you might cry :(
 
and i no my hearts never come out right , and i know i am never too sure , and i knw im prissy , and i know i tear down everythign you say - still it doesnt mean , that i love you any less .......
 
and i knw i say that the heart may not be one piece nymore , but it can be bandaged and it will feel just right again soon ....