Five book wrap up again?

Yes, another one, cause I’m incredibly behind. Anyways. More books I’ve read recently.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Theart-of-darknesshis was a book I’d had on my Kindle for years, and I finally read it. Finally. So this is about a man named Marlow who tells his story of travelling in the Belgian Congo looking for an infamous ivory trader named Kurtz. He becomes obsessed with Kurtz, he doesn’t know much about him, but he has this intense need to know him. It’s about Marlow struggling his way through the jungle to find this enigmatic man, and how it affects him. It’s an interesting novel. It was really beautifully written, like, it was gorgeous, I read it pretty quickly, it was fairly easy to understand. It was real racist, obviously, colonialists going to the middle of the Congo were racist, shocking. I know it’s how people talked in the Victorian age, still really racist. Anyway. It was beautifully written and the story was fascinating, I’m glad I read it.

 

On Palestine by Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappé and Frank Barat (ed.)

This is a book about Palestine that is basically Ilan Pappé and on-palestineNoam Chomsky talking to each other about Palestine and Israel. Frank Barat also joins in the conversation, usually to ask questions and suggest topics. The book also has essays and speeches by both Pappé and Chomsky on the topic of Palestine. I always found the story and history of Palestine and Israel fascinating, and always want to learn more about the conflict. Pappé and Chomsky are on the side of Palestine and they very much discuss how Israel’s occupation is criminal and can be compared to apartheid in South Africa. I thought it was really interesting and I definitely want to read more. Although I align with Chomsky and Pappé on the side of Palestine I also want to read something written by someone on the side of Israel. I think that would be interesting. Pappé and Chomsky also discuss what could be the solution to Palestine and Israel, and how the two-state solution seems to have failed, but everyone trying to help still holds onto it as the only solution, and maybe we need to come up with a new solution, which was really interesting. So yes, more of this.

 

The Sickness Unto Death by Søren Kierkegaard

This is a book about despair as a symptom of the human condition and describes sickness-unto-deathman’s struggle to fill the spiritual void. Despair gives you purpose and it changes you and whatever. I was in no way intelligent enough for this book. It went straight over my head. It’s basically about humanity philosophizing on their own existence and the despair they feel around their own existence, Kierkegaard was an existentialist, so that makes sense. A lot of it focuses on whether or not you know you have a self and whether or not you can accept having a self. And it looks at your willingness to admit that you depend on others because you depend on love and companionship and all that jazz. As I said, it went over my head, I felt incredibly stupid. I should try to read more philosophy.

 

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

This is the second Toni Morrison book I’ve read. It’s about a man named Macon “Milkman” Dead III who grew up in the States in the 40s and 50s, and up to the Civil Rights movement in the 60s. He grows up with his wealthy business man father and daughter-of-a-doctor mother. He has two sisters; “First song-of-solomonCorinthians” and “Magdalene called Lena” and grows up fairly well-off. He also has an aunt, Macon II has a sister named Pilate, who lives in the same town with her daughter and granddaughter. Milkman seems to want to rebel against his father, without knowing how, so instead he acts just like him, starts working for him and gets trapped in his hometown. He keeps saying he needs a certain amount of money, or time, or he needs to have helped his father a certain amount. Basically he’s setting himself up for failure, he doesn’t want to leave, he just wants to give the impression he wants to leave, but he’s technically terrified of leaving. Instead he judges people for not living life like he thinks they should. I loved this book, it’s so beautiful and painful, and incredible. It’s a fascinating look at classism. While Milkman and his family obviously experience racism they also exist in a sort of middle place. They’re fairly wealthy so they don’t fit in with the other black people in their town, and they don’t fit in with the white people in their town, so they are different from everyone. It’s so good. I love it so much. So much pain, it’s so horrifying. I love it.

 

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

This is a classic children’s story I’ve had on my shelf for who knows how long. peter-panIt’s the story of Wendy, John and Michael Darling who live in London with their mother and father, and who meet Peter Pan. Peter Pan is from Neverland and he has come to London to find a mother for the Lost Boys, his group of orphan boys who live with him in Neverland. Wendy and her brothers come with Peter to Neverland and have an adventure, and Mr. and Mrs. Darling sit in their room and worry about whether they’ll come home. I really liked it. It’s so sweet and beautiful and it’s so vicious. I had only really seen the Disney cartoon, and I was not aware of how much murder there is. Like they kill pirates and Indians and that’s just, so much fun. Peter is so ruthless and cruel, like young boys can sometimes be cruel. It’s sort of a thing that all children are, but grow out of when they get older, but Peter won’t grow up, so he just stays that way. He’s narcissistic and arrogant and cruel, and the book is incredibly beautiful. It was so nice.

 

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