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Monday, November 13, 2006

Notes From Underground

I finished reading this book just few days ago.I found it very thoughtful read.This book consists of two parts.

In the first part::UNDERGROUND ;we come across this sick , spiteful unnamed patrogonist's describes his life and how he came to be in the "underground".In this part he describes his thoughts and feelings and also how he is superior to others.It consists of mainly neagtive and pessimistic feelings which make you think about yourself.

In the second part::ON OCCASION OF WET SNOW; we come across a day or two in his life and in dostoveskian style a "incident" occurs which affects the ongoing routine.

An interesting thing about this book is that he himself tries to question his thoughts or actions just before we ourselves try to question them in our minds and this book starts with 'I' and ends with 'WE' making the unknown reader invovled in his notes.

I would recommend reading Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck along with this book.

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

Quoted by new york times as " the best book on the dope-decade"

This book is just brilliant.The basic premise of the book is about ramblings of a jouranlist Mr.Duke and his attorney Dr.Gonzo who are on their way to Las Vegas to find the "American Dream" while their car if full of all sorts of drugs to various other abusive elements and their head is full of acid n ether.

The movie is great too with depp as duke and del toro as gonzo. I would recommend watching the movie after reading this book as it would make more sense and seems hell lot more funny.

Breakfast of Champions By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

This is a one of the strangest book i have read so far.Totally outrageous , funny and chaotic.

The basic premise of the book is about a Car-dealer Dwanye Hoover who is on the verge of insanity and a sci-fiction writer Kilgore trout who writes all kinds of bizzre books.

Dwyane reads one of his book and becomes a homicidal maniac.

But this is just the very very basic plot, the write Vonnegut is a genius in between all this he puts forward his views about various issues in US ranging from viet nam to rape to Tv etc etc.
Gives details about a characters past to the size of his pennis.

As said at the back of the book :
"He creates a magic that makes poronography seem like plumbing,violence like lovemaking,guilt like child's play.He wheels out all the complaints about America and makes then seem fresh,funny.outrageous,hateful and loveable,all at the same time.He weaves nearly a dozen vonnegut stories into one plot"

Few quotes from this book ::
"Ideas or the lack of them can cause disease."

"There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead. It is hard to adapt to chaos, but it can be done. I am living proof of that: It can be done

Now looking for his most popular work - Slaughterhouse Five.