1. My Husband is coming back home soon after he's been away for A WHOLE MONTH
2. I've spent the past 3 days fully immersed in 2 classics: Animal Farm and The Old Man and the Sea!
I had a nice conversation with orangerful the other day, where we briefly talked about the fact that - at school - teacher rarely suggest/assign modern titles and stick with the classics (because it's easier... because that's what they have to do...), and that made me think about the fact that I wanted to go back and read again some of the books I was "forced" to read at school... I loved reading as a child, but I didn't love write essays, asnwer questions, have to stand in front of the class and talk about the book,... So I said to myself that pick up some of these titles could only do me some good... And it did!
Originally published: 1945
Author: George Orwell
Genres: Satire / Political Satire (Classic)
(reading time: May 28 - May 29)
I was glad I read it when I was just a child and I didn't know what it meant, because as soon as I started reading it with the mind of an adult, it blown my mind away and it also blow the mind of my younger self in retrospective. Both of us wanted to yell at the animals to please remember and to open up their eyes. I cried again for Boxer, as I remember doing as a kid who loved horses, but this time I cried for the men and the women who just want to believe, and they work hard, day after day, hoping to reach that point in time where all they've done would be worth it... A time that never comes.
It's so easy to look at these animals and see what they're doing wrong, but why aren't we able to look at ourselves and see that WE ARE THEM and we're just forgetting, pretending, hiding behind excuses as they do. It's so much easier to look away. This book is a powerful tale, and I see why some people would want to see it disappear. And is a painful reminder that no matter what: history repeat itself... Always...
Everyone should go back and read again books like: Animal Farm, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 these are books that shall never be forgotten and read over and over again. Before it's too late...
In "Selected Letters" dear old Ernest said: "Then there is the other secret. There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know." And that's exactly what it is... No need to analyze what the lions in the dreams mean or what this or that represent.
The Old Man and The Sea
Originally published: 1952
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Genres: Fiction (Classic)
(reading time: May 29 - May 30)
I still think kids at school should have a bigger range/list from which to pick, and some more recent books should be added to these lists, but reading again these two books made me go with my mind where I usually tend not to go, because, most of the times, it's easier to be one of the animals and forget, or cut the line and go back to shore...