It’s been a long time since I posted book reviews, so today I decided to make a new one.
When I want some adventure to entertain my days, I’d go for fiction books. When I’d like to gain some insights, I’d go for non-fiction books. If you notice,
oh yeah I hope you notice, I need attention! I only share my review on non-fiction books. Why? Because our understanding, generally, would be equal for one another, while the interpretation of fiction books would be varied. Also, how can you tell why the story is so tremendous, without telling the story? I’ll be considered as a spoiler. And you’ll hate me.
Okay, let’s get back to the usual non-fiction books review then. I picked The Alchemist, Tuesdays With Morrie, The Giving Tree, and The Prophet as my companion for the last four weeks (with three other finished fiction books, two unfinished non-fiction books, and two other half-read fiction books). Let’s see if any of them grab your attention to put it on your reading list.
1. The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho (1988)
The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey after having a recurring dream of finding treasure. The young shepherd, named Santiago, believes that it’s his calling. He leaves his comfort zone and travels into the African desert to find it. Through his journey, we learned that when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. For anyone who reads not only to escape reality but also to understand reality, The Alchemist can offer the best of both worlds. It tells us to never stop dreaming (even people would laugh when we try to explain our dreams), learn everything what it takes to be closer to our dream, act persistently, be patience and follow the omens. An inspirational masterpiece people need to read at least once in their life.
2. Tuesdays With Morrie, written by Mitch Albom (1997)
The class met on Tuesdays. No books were required. The subject was the meaning of life. It was taught from experience.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir by newspaper sports columnist Mitch Albom. He recounts the time spent with his 78-year-old professor, Morrie Schwartz, who was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This book emphasis on the lesson to devote ourselves to the community around us, and devote ourselves to creating something that gives us purpose and meaning. This is a good book you should pick to appreciate your life more. Because once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
3. The Giving Tree, written by Shel Silverstain (1964)
The Giving Tree is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. As its name, it’s a story about giving. It has been described as one of the controversial books in children literature. The controversy concerns whether the relationship between the main characters (a boy and a tree) should be interpreted as positive or negative. The book has generated various opinions on how to interpret the relationship between the tree and the boy, from environmental interpretation, parent-child relationship, friendship, love and adult satire. One of my favorite short film, I’m Here by Spike Jonze, is influenced by the book. My opinion on this book is the same with the Spike Jonze’s short film: it’s stupid to give all you have to the one you love, it’s not love after all.
4. The Prophet, written by Kahlil Gibran (1923)
Kahlil Gibran is said to be one of the world’s bestselling poets, yet I never read any works from him. Therefore I started with his best known work: The Prophet. A book of 26 prose poems on love, friendship, death and other topics of life and human condition. I was mesmerized by the beautiful words he has written. I read it quite loud, pretending I was a great poet. My favorite prose is “On Reason and Passion” part.
Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite. Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.
On the other hand, I feel like it’s lack of substance. Everything just went with the flow with no emotional feeling involved. It’s like a story which write down the lecture material.
Recently, I’m on my 21% of An Astronaut’s Life Guide on Earth and 22% of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking. I can not wait to share them with you but they’re quite thick and I think I need a whole month to eat them all. You’d like to wait don’t you?
Oh and anyway, is there any of my 4 in 1 review today that grab your fancy?