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I reread this because

Point Omega - Don DeLillo

I really like how provoking it is, and how ot illustrates postmodern literature. I think I will be rereading it again because it lacks closure. The fact that at the end we don't know what happens to Jessie puts me on edge. I reread it because I keep thinking that I will find clues I overlooked. I found a few, but I still dont know what happened to her!

"I was drinking vodka with orange juice and melted ice. The drink was at that stage in the life of a drink when you take the last bland sip and fade into rueful introspection, somewhere between self-pity and self-accusation."

Point Omega, Don Delillo

Based on   As the page turns' post, I played..
And the result is..

I havent read or watched GoT yet... (yes yes shame on me! lol)
So I need someone to tell me please if this is good or bad :p


THe Childhood of Jesus

The Childhood of Jesus - J.M. Coetzee


Simon and David come to Novilla by boat in order to start a new life and speak Spanish. Simon is a man in his forties, he does not know exactly his age, and David is a child Simon meets in the boat. Even though Simon does not know David he decides to help him survive and find his mother. David had  a letter which explains who he is and who his mother is, but he loses it in the boat, as it seems that in the boat, all the memories are lost.


Simon stays true to his promise. He takes care of the child until he finds his mother. Since the authorities do not help to identify his mother, and how could they? Since there is no information about the child and even his name is one given to him when he arrived to Novilla. Simon reassures the child; he will be able to recognize his mother the second he sees her. And this is how he has found David’s mother, and this is when real problems started…


At first I didn’t really understand why Coetzee has chosen “the Childhood of Jesus,” but few pages in the book, it has become clear that he is referring to a modern ‘jesus’: a child who blesses the life of Ines, the virgin whom Simon chooses as David’s mother. The second Simon sees Ines he decides that she is David’s mother and they have to be reunited. She does not accept it at first, but she quickly changes her mind. Any woman wants a child for herself, she declares at the end of the book.


Novilla, for ‘nouvelle vie,’ or ‘novel life’ is a an utopian city of some sort. Everyone has goodwill for David and Simon. Simon soon finds a job and an apartment where his settles. Everyone is nice to them. It’s like if everyone who comes to that place is reprogrammed to become nicer. The citizens do not remember their past, their memories, and previous lives. They have goodwill but they cannot feel strong emotions. In this regard, Simon feels to be abnormal as he wants to feel strongly for a woman, be able to hold her and make love to her. But this he cant find, even when his neighbor Elena agrees to become his partner (for when he needs one); she is distant and feels no pleasure.

“From goodwill come friendship and happiness, come companionable picnics in the parklands or companionable afternoons strolling in the forest. Whereas from love, or at least from longing in its more urgent manifestations, come frustration and doubt and heartsore. It is as simple as that."


Even though people do not hurt others, they still do not help that much. They obey the rules and would not do much when it comes to things that is not assigned to them, with exceptions of course. Individuals also do not question the authority of David’s ‘father,’ uncle’, ‘godfather’. Each time someone asks if Simon is david’s father the latter answers ‘no’ but no one wonders or care to know why a stranger is taking care of a child.

Elena accuses Simon of acting on intuition alone. He does not know what he is doing. For her, he lives in a delusion (and for him she lives in a dead world) of knowing things he does not control. He cannot just pick the first virgin he meets and give her a responsibility she cannot know how to deal with. But in this world, these sort of things are possible.

Luckily for David, Simon is a good man, and after he hands David over to Ines, he tries to stay away from the mother and the son, as they need time to get used to each other. However, Ines becomes too protective and refuses to let David go to school, and since no one can resist the law, Ines, David and Simon have to leave like fugitives.

I really liked this book. It is at the same time funny, simple, serious, and ironic. The end was not what I expected but I think that there couldn’t be a better end for it.

 "In the world we live in there are random numbers and random names and random events, like being picked up at random by a car containing a man and a woman and a child named David. “





At last!

Don DeLillo's White Noise (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations) - Jesse Zuba, Harold Bloom, Don DeLillo

I have mixed feelings about this books.

Some of the essays were good; others were just plain boring and repetitive.

All in all, there was some useful information that make it worthwhile to read the critical books.

Since the essays are collected and brought here as separate entities, there was a lot of repetive which was redundent and annoying.
It seems that there are a set of themes that keep being mentioned over and over again until...



These themes are:


Death: how Jak and Babette want to cease fearing death, and how they carry on their plans to stop being scared of death.


Consumer-space: products that you find at the supermarket can save you from death.


Tv: tv can give you the satisfaction of seeing the sublime, that is catastrophes, while you're safe in your couch with your family and beer in hand.


Simulacra: we are living in a copied image

Words: they have power but they have become meaningless.

Historical Fiction Book Club

Reblogged from Carpe Librum:

If you haven't joined the More Historical Than Fiction Book Club, now is the time to get on board. We have decided to plan our monthly reads in advance to make it easier for members to get the books in hand when they are needed. Here is what we have planned for the remainder of 2016:


May - Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell
June - Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter
July - Colour of Poison by Toni Mount
August - The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
September - First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough
October - Silence by Shusako Endo
November - A Deadly Occupation by Suzanne Adair
December - Roman Blood by Steven Saylor


I thank the members of this group for being patient with me choosing monthly reads at the last minute for the past year and hope that this method will enable more people to participate in the discussions.


Not a member yet? Why not? History geeks are awesome! 


Source: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/book/10/more-historical-than-fiction

Currently-reading list




I keep adding books in my currently reading list. I dont seem to be able to keep to few books and add others only after I finish them. The problem is that I am not sure why this is happening. I keep thinking about reasons, but I am unable to find any. Meanwhile, my currently-reading list seems to be growing. Soon I will have a mountain of unfinished books.

Reading progress update: I've read 151 out of 246 pages.

Don DeLillo's White Noise (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations) - Jesse Zuba, Harold Bloom, Don DeLillo

I am honeslty disappointed by this set of essays. They are repetitive; they use the same quotes from the novel, and they are not creative of original. They are like different sorts of summaries that bring nothing new. Reading one essay from this collection would be enough to understand what the whole book is about. Still few essays to go. I hope that it wont be a waste of time.

The End of Everything: Postmodernism and the Vanishing of the Human - Richard Appignanesi

This was an instructive book. It introduces new ideas that concentrate on the replacement of the human agent by a technological construct which at the same time elevates the human being to a new sort of existence and sacrifices human characteristics in order to achieve that goal.

The new existential role that technology is gaining affects the understanding and the behaviors of Man as a creatures capable of adapting but (radically) changing.  Media, the internet, the mobile phone, virtuality etc influence us in ways we are aware of and in other ways we ignore. Many critics in this book suggest that we are conditioned by technology. Our understanding relies on the Internet and the posts we find there. Our culture is affected by Media. The mobile phone redefines communication and virtuality is proposing a new sort of reality....

Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 288 pages.

The Childhood of Jesus - J.M. Coetzee

I'm loving this book so far.
There is something eerie and unsettling about it

even though it is simple and not brusque.

The Names are Inscribed on Rocks and Walls...

The Names - Don DeLillo



I think that Delillo's novels are the sort of novels that you either like or dislike. But then again i've read only two novels so far by him (and half a third novel), so it is still early to claim being right about this.


I liked The Names alright. I enjoyed it in the sense that it’s not a boring novel. It does not give you free information. One has to dig and decipher in order to understand what the narrator means by this or that. It makes one think and wonder about things that seemed to be mundane, but which can have a great impact on one’s life.


Yet I haven’t enjoyed The Names as much as Point Omega. While Point Omega was short and poignant, The Names is long and lacked focus and is somehow choppy toward the end. Don’t get me wrong, being choppy is partly what makes its charm, but it is not the sort of choppy that kept me on guard, and that helped me connect all details together at the end of the novel (this is why I said that Delillo’ s novels could be the sort of novels that you either like or dislike. Even when all the elements are there to like them, there could still be an ‘unnamed’ problem preventing one from enjoying them). To be fair, I don’t think it’s the novel’s fault as much as my inability to concentrate on reading lately. So I will need to reread it at some point, when I have the right mood for it in order to understand if the problem emanates from my lack of concentration or if the novel is just not for me.

Reading progress update: I've read 246 out of 406 pages.

The Names - Don DeLillo

This is a complicated novel. But I am enjoying it.


This will seem paradoxical, but it is also depressing. It concentrates on the meaningless of things, on life as a shallow set of episodes which sometimes don't make sense.

Delillo is provoking. He raises disturbing existential questions. It makes me think differently about my life; though it can be uncomfortable at times...

Critical Modernism: Where Is Post-Modernism Going? - Charles Jencks

This is an incredible book. It is provocative and insightful. It aims at introducing postmodernism is a ‘new’ way that is attempts to make sense of the most striking elements that contributed in rendering postmodernism a sort of everlasting revival of modernism.

Jencks is a pedantic reader. We get examples of the state of postmodernism today from various fields: architecture (of course), literature, technology, and even physics and so on.

This book is too short though considering the data it makes use of. Sometimes it is confusing. I would not recommend this book for those who want to be introduced to postmodernism, as it’s not easy to follow the thoughts of the author without knowing already a lot about postmodernism.

Reading progress update: I've read 95 out of 224 pages.

The End of Everything: Postmodernism and the Vanishing of the Human - Richard Appignanesi

The two essays that I've read so far are very interesting.
I particularly liked Haraway's encouragement to accept ambiguity in the postmodern world, and then attempt to deal with it appropriately.

Point Omega - Don DeLillo

The true Life takes place when we're alone, thinking, feeling, lost in memory, dreamingly self-aware, the submicroscopic moments


Point Omega is not the first novel I try by Dellilo. I started White noise and 10% in I wondered what’s all the fuss about. When I finished Point Omega I realized what’s all the fuss about.


Point Omega is a postmodern novel by excellence. It is chaos. It is an accumulation of nonsense, but a sort of nonsense that keeps me up late at night to finish it.


The narrator does not know what he is doing or why he is doing what he is doing. He transitions from a city-life, to an outer-time existence, or rather to a “slow-movement” existence in order to film an old man who does not want to have anything to do with films but who still accepts to have some company in nowhere. After Jessie, the daughter of the old man, arrives things become complicated and the story finishes with an “anonymous” conclusion. (I may seem to be talking nonsense myself to those who have not read the novel).


The novel ends with no real conclusion, none said, but what makes the novel really interesting is that one can guess what happened within all the nonsense, what happens is: an encounter that finished badly.

Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 240 pages.

Critical Modernism: Where Is Post-Modernism Going? - Charles Jencks

I'm really enjoying this book a lot. It's original and as a bonus very stylish with all the colorful pictures and diagrams, yes I find that stylish lol

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