My Reading Journal

So Goes Slaughter-House-Five

Part of my Reading Journal for reading 100 Books in 1 Year. After all, it was supposed to happen. As they say on Tralfamadore: “Everything is, and was, and will be happening as it is to happen.” I have just finished Slaughter-House-Five, and I cannot say that I enjoyed it. But I liked it, I think, and if I didn’t, at least it gave me something horrid to think about. Something irreverent, filling my head… Read More »So Goes Slaughter-House-Five
Faust

Faust Part II: Feels Unguided and Too Meta

This is a follow-up article to my first reflection on Faust, which covers the prologue. You can read it here. Dramatist I am into Faust Part II now (which, by the way, I’m reading through Serial App, which you should totally check out), and all through Part I, I must say, the Dramatist was going strong. I was really appreciating the story – what parts of it I could follow – and I felt like… Read More »Faust Part II: Feels Unguided and Too Meta

The Eternal War between Director and Playwright

The Relationship of Faust’s Opening to the 8 Basic Motivations As part of my journey to read 100 books in 1 year, I just began reading Goethe’s renowned play Faust, and despite the small amount of information that I had previously known about the play, the beginning surprised me. Pretty sure the story is about a scientist who sells his soul to the devil, so when a Director, Dramatist, and Comedian came on stage and… Read More »The Eternal War between Director and Playwright

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 99-104

Since I have undertaken to manhandle this Leviathan, it behooves me to approve myself omnisciently exhaustive in the enterprise; not overlooking the minutest seminal germs of his blood, and spinning him out to the uttermost coil of his bowels. Ooooo-kay! In reading that line, I finally understand the long, rambling, un-plotted purpose for ALL THOSE LONG, loooong chapters about the anatomy of the whale! Had the subject of Moby Dick been a mutinous, blood-thirsty minnow,… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 99-104

Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 87-98

Well, friends, I haven’t done one of these in a while… I’ve been so busy with launching Trinian that I have neglected my other work! But I’m finally back on track again, and reading regularly. In addition to the book launch, it’s also been difficult to keep reading because the storyline is getting a bit slow right now, and most of the chapters have been about technical things regarding whales. Once in a while, something… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 87-98

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 82-87

I like to think that I’ve kept an open mind. Through the anatomical inaccuracies of the biology of a whale, the almost maniacal fixation on whaling as relating to every other aspect of life, and even the extreme, chronic, and unremitting diligence to the overuse of descriptive adjectives… yes, through all this, I have stood by Ishmael. I have forgiven, overlooked, and tolerated, even allowed him credibility and believed his ‘well-researched’ claims, but no more!… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 82-87

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 70-81

I love similes as much as a mere mortal loves a far-off, unattainable goddess! Mostly because they come to me with about as much ease as swimming comes to a rock. Even the above similes were as difficult for me to construct as bread rising without yeast. But similes come as easily and fluently to Herman Melville as they did to Homer. Homer is to the simile as Edison is to the lightbulb, mother is… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 70-81

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

Huh. I thought I read a lot more this week…I seem to remember sitting down every day to read from Moby Dick, but it must’ve only been a page or two each day, because I really didn’t get that far! The action has slowed down, and it’s mostly technical descriptions of how to splice up a dead whale.Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. For instance, I had no idea that there had… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Over 52% read! I am feeling very accomplished right now!I fell behind in my reading for a little while, and skipped my entry last week altogether because I had read so little that I had nothing new to say. But I’ve gotten over the hump. That 35-50% hump, which seems to be the place that I always stop reading a book, and struggle to pick it up again. By 50% through a book, the turning… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Moby Dick Journal Chapters 48 – 52

I’ve been rather remiss with my readings this week, and I’ve only gotten through a couple chapters, but they were very exciting, and here’s my recap on them! 🙂 The crew of the Pequod went after their first whale, and in the chase, Ishmael was thrown into the ocean and experienced his first life-threatening episode aboard a whaling ship. He survived, but was discombobulated to learn that his near miss was a common occurrence for… Read More »Moby Dick Journal Chapters 48 – 52