This is a book review of sorts but also an inspiration for my next novel. This was a required reading for my memoir and personal essay class, it was unlike anything I had ever read before. Ironic since I have a father who is a paranoid schizophrenic. Perhaps I had skipped over those books for fear of what might come from gaining more knowledge. The author is bi-polar but also one of the leading doctors in that field providing an intense juxtaposition of the struggle. I encourage everyone to read this book whether or not you are directly linked to mental illness because it opens a new level of understanding for the human condition. She offers brutally honest moments and medical analysis. It is encouraging to see mental illness more wildly discussed in the public forum which is why I am going to share my experiences with the world. I know I am not alone in this struggle and I want other people to feel the same way.
In the New Year I made an important decision, I would leave my literary comfort zone, the selection of this book is direct result of that. It is not that I am opposed to Vonnegut or any of his books, for years people have been telling me to pick them up, yet each time I resisted. I can admit now that those decisions were terrible, I have been missing out.
“Cat’s Cradle” focuses on a man named John and his journey to get the real story of the day the “bomb” dropped during WWII, he wanted the behind the scenes details of the man who created it, Dr. Hoenikker. What follows is fascinating, satirical and highly comical journey of one man who observes society, religion and science fighting for dominance. The language is not complex but the word play and the book’s over all structure allow the careful reader to catch a glimpse of how man, religion and most importantly science came together to perhaps destroy the world.
You will walk away from this book with a new appreciation for writing and a new way perspective on everyday personal interactions.
Over the years I have read a lot of books and I mean a lot of them, I don’t even have enough room to store all of them in my house. I am not ashamed to admit it but a good portion of those books have been varying types of Romance, not to say I am a Romance snob; well acutally yes, yes I am a Romance snob. As a Romance snob I struggled with this book, it is a quick and mostly enjoyable read but I couldn’t help but to think that Kinsella tried too hard.
It is a quaint love story but the struggle lies in the author being unable to decided whether or not the book itself is fanciful or realistic which I found to be very distracting. It follows the usual love story pattern, they meet, there’s drama, so and and so forth, there are a few surprising plots twists but to me it was a bit much.
Also I have no idea what the true purpose of the footnotes was and I will be totally honest I forgot they were there the majority of the time. It is an immensely popular book, but it was not for me, unfortunately it did not have my number.
After reading about a gruesome serial killer in my last book I needed a change, I needed something lighter. Yes, this book is about religion so you wouldn’t think it would be a light read, but I found myself constantly chuckling at all of the shenanigans.
This book presents a view of Jesus, his early childhood and times in a very unique perspective. The story is told by Biff his childhood friend, who you will both hate and adore, as they go along their journey from hooligans to enlightened beings. The journey is not easy, it is a vivid, humoruous and at times very explicit path but well worth the read.
ATTENTION: This Book is about the life of Jesus before the Bible, it will be offensive if not read in the spirit it was meant. Do not read this book if anything above gives you pause or even an inkling towards being offensive.