Hello book lovers!
It’s another Wednesday and here I am with another episode of WWW, the weekly book meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. To play along this meme, we just have to answer the following three (3) questions…
*What are you currently reading?
*What did you recently finish reading?
*What do you think you’ll read next?
And here are my answers this week:
I am currently reading nothing.
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
I also finished reading Best of O’ Henry by O’ Henry. As everyone knows that he is famous for the twists in his tales , this collection was also an interesting one with unexpected endings at the end of each story. Here is the cover & blurb of the book –
The Best of O’Henry brings for you twenty-four short stories from the master storyteller, O’ Henry.
O. Henry wrote with realistic detail on his first-hand experiences both in Texas and in New York City. During more than thirteen years in Austin, he worked in a variety of occupations. Some of his experiences as a pharmacist, draftsman, bank teller and reporter would figure in his short stories. He became the champion of the ordinary people of the city, evoking their tragedies and aspirations with humour and artistry. An arresting opening and a twist of plot in the end characteristically mark his stories. In fact he perfected the art of surprise ending.
This collection includes ‘A Strange Story’, ‘An Unknown Romance’, ‘The Marionettes’, ‘The Complete Life of John Hopkins’, ‘The Trimmed Lamp’ and ‘The Handbook of a Hymen’.
Regarding the book I will read next, I think I will go with The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. I guess I am in the mood of going back to the classics! 😛 Here is the cover and blurb of the book –
Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honor to the author.The Old Man & the Sea revived Hemingway’s career, which was foundering under the weight of such postwar stinkers as Across the River & into the Trees. It also led directly to his receipt of the 1954 Nobel Prize–an award he gladly accepted, despite his earlier observation that “no son of a bitch that ever won the Nobel Prize ever wrote anything worth reading afterwards”. A half century later, it’s still easy to see why. This tale of an aged Cuban fisherman going head-to-head with a magnificent marlin encapsulates Hemingway’s favorite motifs of physical & moral challenge. Yet Santiago is too old & infirm to partake of the gun-toting machismo that disfigured much of the author’s later work: “The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face & his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords.” Hemingway’s style, too, reverts to those superb snapshots of perception that won him his initial fame: “Just before it was dark, as they passed a great island of Sargasso weed that heaved & swung in the light sea as tho the ocean were making love with something under a yellow blanket, his small line was taken by a dolphin. He saw it first when it jumped in the air, true gold in the last of the sun & bending & flapping wildly in the air.” If a younger Hemingway had written this novella, Santiago most likely would have towed the enormous fish back to port & posed for a triumphal photograph–just as the author delighted in doing, ca. 1935. Instead his prize gets devoured by a school of sharks. Returning with little more than a skeleton, he takes to his bed &, in the last line, cements his identification with his creator: “The old man was dreaming about the lions.” Perhaps there’s some allegory of art & experience floating around in there somewhere–but The Old Man & the Sea was, in any case, the last great catch of Hemingway’s career.–James Marcus (edited)
WWW Wednesday is a great way to discover new books & blogs too. So friends, feel free to leave your links to your WWW posts or your comments (if you don’t have a blog), so that I can check out what you’re reading. Till then, happy reading!
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