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Hux

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    The Book of Disquiet
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    Books, Writing, Dachshunds, Star Trek, Football.
  1. The Limerick Game

    Jock was a cocky from Oz His fave Dickens' character, Boz..... On reading the novel
  2. Hux Book Blog

    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) Carson McCullers A superb exploration of loneliness and the roles we are forced to play.The book revolves around a deaf/mute named John Singer. After his friend (also a deaf/mute) is put into an institution, Singer moves into a new room where, slowly but surely, four characters come to view him as a kind of spiritual leader. They go to him to tell of their woes, their frustrations, their dreams. Because he can't speak, he is forced into the role of listener (whether her wants to be or not) and they quickly transform him into a blank canvas for their worldview. Unbeknownst to them, however, Singer also has a life. He too requires a figure in his life whom can give meaning to his loneliness (this being his deaf/mute friend). That Singer has his own life never occurs to them. He has been unpersoned by them in their desire for him to have the answers.The four of them begin to visit him on a regular basis. First, there is Biff the café owner who represents the middle-class view. Then Jake Blount, the working-class alcoholic. Then Dr. Copeland, the African American idealist. And finally, Mick, a young girl who dreams of being a musician but who is inevitably forced into conforming towards a more conventional role as a woman.Each of these people are oppressed by the role they must play in life. Blount and Copeland seek answers in a simplistic and utopian form of Marxism. Mick in romantic ideals and Biff, the most important character in my opinion, in hoping for a better tomorrow.The writing is wonderful, full of fluid and detached prose which works perfectly (despite often not being my cup of tea). McCullers has a great gift for telling a character's story whilst simultaneously placing you in another moment. She can switch between the two with ease. The narrative flows nicely and slowly builds a realistic world. At no point does she throw in an affair or a murder. The book essentially has no plot (my preferred type) and simply tells a self-contained story of lonely people looking to escape the chains that life has put them in.I interpreted the ending as ultimately pessimistic though. It ends with Mick showing signs of slowly conforming to her role as a socially acceptable female. She now wears earrings, has embraced the 9 to 5, and is moving away from her tomboy persona. Some may view this as a positive (that she is blossoming) but I saw it as Mick succumbing to the social norms, to the daily grind.Because, eventually, we all do.A fantastic debut novel. Highly recommended. 8/10
  3. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

    A superb exploration of loneliness and the roles we are forced to play.The book revolves around a deaf/mute named John Singer. After his friend (also a deaf/mute) is put into an institution, Singer moves into a new room where, slowly but surely, four characters come to view him as a kind of spiritual leader. They go to him to tell of their woes, their frustrations, their dreams. Because he can't speak, he is forced into the role of listener (whether her wants to be or not) and they quickly transform him into a blank canvas for their worldview. Unbeknownst to them, however, Singer also has a life. He too requires a figure in his life whom can give meaning to his loneliness (this being his deaf/mute friend). That Singer has his own life never occurs to them. He has been unpersoned by them in their desire for him to have the answers.The four of them begin to visit him on a regular basis. First, there is Biff the café owner who represents the middle-class view. Then Jake Blount, the working-class alcoholic. Then Dr. Copeland, the African American idealist. And finally, Mick, a young girl who dreams of being a musician but who is inevitably forced into conforming towards a more conventional role as a woman.Each of these people are oppressed by the role they must play in life. Blount and Copeland seek answers in a simplistic and utopian form of Marxism. Mick in romantic ideals and Biff, the most important character in my opinion, in hoping for a better tomorrow.The writing is wonderful, full of fluid and detached prose which works perfectly (despite often not being my cup of tea). McCullers has a great gift for telling a character's story whilst simultaneously placing you in another moment. She can switch between the two with ease. The narrative flows nicely and slowly builds a realistic world. At no point does she throw in an affair or a murder. The book essentially has no plot (my preferred type) and simply tells a self-contained story of lonely people looking to escape the chains that life has put them in.I interpreted the ending as ultimately pessimistic though. It ends with Mick showing signs of slowly conforming to her role as a socially acceptable female. She now wears earrings, has embraced the 9 to 5, and is moving away from her tomboy persona. Some may view this as a positive (that she is blossoming) but I saw it as Mick succumbing to the social norms, to the daily grind.Because, eventually, we all do.A fantastic debut novel. Highly recommended. 8/10
  4. The Limerick Game

    Fe fi fo fum....... Said the father of a missing nun
  5. The Limerick Game

    I love spaghetti the best I dribble sauce down my vest Now I'll have a plateful... And be forever grateful
  6. Do You Mark Your Books?

    If there's something I like in a book I usually just take a note of the page number.
  7. The Limerick Game

    There was a young man from Glasgow ...... Who triggered a global fiasco
  8. The Best Film Soundtrack?

    Disturbing works as a description. It's all of those things.
  9. The Best Film Soundtrack?

    It's a beautiful film with a beautiful score. About a woman who discovers she has a strange connection with an identical doppelganger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqcgpRf31zU
  10. The Limerick Game

    Wilhelmina would just stand and stare At something they was barely there On closer inspection
  11. The Limerick Game

    A time when there was no war.. So peaceful it would make you snore The bombs were unused
  12. The Best Film Soundtrack?

    The Double Life of Veronique (1991) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aie5Z7HfHhA
  13. The Limerick Game

    A grumpy old soldier named Billy... Looked down in his trousers when chilly But what he saw there.... He just couldn't bear A peanut instead of a willy There once was a lad at the zoo
  14. The Limerick Game

    A grumpy old soldier named Billy... Looked down in his trousers when chilly
  15. The Limerick Game

    When Margaret discovered S&M She started to raise her hem A man called Steve
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