June12011

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

What a book! This book is not a book to casually pick up, but a book that you must dedicate time to read. It is over 500 pages, each one picking up on a new, yet similar thread of wartime humor.

It is the story of a man, Yossarian, who wants to get out of his position in World War Two. He begins by trying to prove that he is crazy and should be taken out of service. However, the desire to survive is a rational idea, so he cannot be called crazy and taken out of service. They argue that only the crazy will continue to fight, and since they want to fight, they will not be taken out of service. This is the essence of the Catch-22.

The story talks of Yossarian and his interactions with others along with their stories, such as the unfortunately named Major Major Major Major, the trials of Chaplain Robert Oliver Shipman as the other colonels and soldiers mock him, the story of Nately and his love for the apathetic whore in Rome, and many other colorful characters that catch your eye and mind.

The story is not one read to be uplifted, but one read to savor the dark humor that Heller has created in this novel. I would not recommend it to everyone, but only to those who want to undertake the task of getting through this beautiful novel.

May232011
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May222011

Day Ten: One confession

I am TERRIFIED of the dark when I’m alone.

May212011

Day Nine: Two smileys that describe your life right now.

Missed a day… oops!

1. =_= Sleeping a lot
2. :/ A little off, but not a full sad face.

May182011

"Call Me"

I received a message from my former camp boss saying that she had a huge favor she needed from me. I’m thinking it’s going to be asking if I could be the head counselor for some group this year.

The answers is no. I’ll give her the phone call, but it would take a HELL of a lot to get me back to that camp, where my co-workers had no respect for me and wouldn’t even say it straight to my face. I heard them talk about me as I sat on the bus and worked so hard not to fall apart in front of those kids. I held on that summer through that feeling of unhappiness, even receiving calls from these people. The summer was bad enough; that just made it so much worse.

To repeat any part of that summer again… so soon… it’s a no.

If she’s calling about anything else that I can do, then I am perfectly fine with helping at the kids center for a little bit or whatever else may be necessary. However, if she should ask me to work at that hell-camp once more, I will politely say no, not letting this little rant out, but explain that (thank goodness) I am spending my summer in Syracuse, NY shadowing a neurosurgeon and neurologist, and things are already settled.

11PM

Day Eight: Three turn ons.

Dear 10-day Challenge,

This is where it gets tricky. I don’t really have turn ons. Not in the sexual/appearance way at least. It just generally doesn’t happen to me. Things don’t really turn me on and make me wanna go screw something. So I’ll list 3 things that will make me want to be closer with the person.

Let’s hit it.

1. Kind hearted
2. Patient
3. Laugh a lot

May172011

A Clockwork Orange

Yesterday, I finished A Clockwork Orange, a book that was a “malenky” confusing. Don’t get what I mean?

The book takes place in the future, where the world is overwhelmed by crime once the sun goes down. The main character, Alex, speaks in the typical slang of the day as he is “horrorshow” at bullying and taking money and hides his actions from his “em” and “pee”, drinking “moloko” with knives in it. I liked the idea of the storyline, but I felt like the plot moved along very strangely. The writing between time periods felt very staggered, and the changes in location felt very sudden.

The character of Alex was fascinating. Here you have a fifteen year old bratty teenager committing insane crimes who comes home for a calm bit of chai and some Beethoven on his music player. I would classify him as a psychopath right off the bat, but he’s endearing. Even past the strange words and the terrible behavior, you understand his point of view and even can picture yourself in his world, walking around and thinking his thoughts. You want to keep following him and understand his strange life.

I’d highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a great book about human behavior, human choice, and generally nice plot lines.

11PM

Day Seven: Four turn offs.

1. Stupidity
2. Constant cursing
3. Cockiness
4. Laziness 

12AM

And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)

What a brilliant book! I wish I could tell you about it, but I’m afraid I’d spoil it. This murder mystery flies by so quickly that it’s incredible. I could not put the book down, and just kept guessing at what would happen next. The identity of the murderer was quite a shock. I really don’t want to say more and give it all away…

books 

May162011

Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)

1. Mom
2. Dad
3. Luis
4. Eric Frank
5. My siblings

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