2013. április 25., csütörtök

More about literature: Reading list

On the Book festival and Fair, wich I attended last weekend, I realised, that there are lots of books, I've planned to read, and they still await! I considered myself-well read, however not in contemporary, or modern stories!Here are a few writers, whose books I plan to read.

Vladimír Nabokov's Lolita, wich I've stopped halfway. 
Virginia Woolf
Silvia Plath
Oscar Wilde re-read things.
Roda Roda 
Ken Follet
Kurt Vonnegut
Robert Merle's historical books
Aldous Huxley
Classical russian writers: Turgenev, Cehov, Tolstoy, Dostoyevskiy, Puskin, Bunin, Bulgakov, Gogol
Guy de Maupaussant.
Henrik Ibsen
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Earnest Hemingway
Chuck Palahniuk not only Fight Club.
Franz Kafka
Thomas Mann
Jan Neruda
Hermann Hesse
 Dino Buzzati
Marian Keyes (if I start to get depressed from all that high lliterature...)

And this: 
Source is on it, very clever! :)

If you have any other recommendation, please mention in the comments!
Also, I found my (prettier) writer doppelganger: Sofi Oksanen. Hell, even her voice resembles to mine. I plan to read every single thing she wrote. :)

Clever and talented and pretty Sofi Oksanen...

....and...well. Me. :D

(I know that only our glasses look the same. Still. It's good to believe, that I can reach Sofi Oksanen-coolness level one day.)

Underrated Writers: Vladimír Páral


He is a contemporary writer, fom Czech Republik, one of my favourite writers. He started his career as an engineer, and was published first with a novel, Fair Granted Wishes.  I searched for a picture of him from the sixties, as according to my book covers, he was a handsome man. Nowadays he is eighty years old. I found an online available description and details from his book, Lovers and murders: Magazine of cater before year 2000
it's a good start. My newest purchase is "Young man and white whale: Little chemical epic." It's about an inexperienced young man, Breta, who longs for adventures, and reads Moby Dick, and just like the Captain, he wants to do something big, achieve something, but in the beginning he is stuck into a dull, boring life. His older roomate, Victor, is a genious chemical engineer, who had a burnout, and moved back to the remote town, where he started to work.  He only wants a dayly routine, yoga, healthy air and sun.  To this peacful setting arrives Edita, a beautyful carrer woman, ex-lover of Victor,  who chose promotion and left him, heartbroken AND totally burned out. Now she needs his help to finish an experiment. To make things more complicated, she brings along her assistant, Nadja, (who is beautyful, too of course!) not only to help in the experiments, but to "persuade gently" Victor, to help them. Only they can't proceed, without the permission of the plantmanager: Breta. Everyone falls for the bad person, things start to become tragicomical, when something happens wich decides, that the end will be purely tragic or comic. I don't want to give it away. :)

What makes him special: The narrator is not the same, it switches, sometimes we read Nadja's toughts as she cries about her past unhappy romances, sometimes Vic remembers the "good old times" sometimes a neutral voice describes the scenery, but Breta chimes in, telling us how it looked like before he bought his motorbike. Also, "postmodern steals" the well-read author makes references to other book in his books. I only read Feuchtwanger's Ugly Dutchess thanks to a one-time mention in his book. In Lovers and murders he even adds as "illustrations" short news, unrelated to the story.


So multidimensional, you will cr@p dodecahedrons. There is development, and everything.

There is always an unexpected twist. Even if you expect an unexpected twist. I re-read for the zillionth time, an I can still find new references, hidden between the lines.

Cultural snobbery-factor:
Imagine saying this: "This afternoon I finished reading Lovers and Murders, a gem of contemporary Czech prose..." yeah, quite high cultural snobbery-factor here.

 My reactions:
Should I die right now, or should I get gang-banged first? (Read Lovers and Murders to get the joke.) Life is pointless. Let's drink vodka. Are those real places, anyway? Booo-hooo-hoo. I am the third generation. My survival skills are way too limited.  I just don't remember what it is to be hungry. 

Amazon sells Lovers and murders, The four Sonjas, and Catapult. Ebay sells Catapult, and a german version "Der Krieg mit dem Multitier." Not easy to get the sci-fi ones except if you speak czech, as none of them is translated to english. On goodread you can read SOME of them.

PS.: I'd never guess that he has more porn-potential than the Spiderman. What is porn potential? Type something in google picture search, and scroll, till you see tits. Fifth row, in his case. Strange. :D

2013. április 16., kedd

Underrated writers: Bithia Mary Croker

I've  decided to write about one theme I particularly like: books! From now on, every Tuesday, I'll write about an underrated writer. I  love to see an elegant goth with an old book in her/his hands. Sometimes I even match my outfits to my books...

Bithia Mary Crocker's books are mostly love storys, with happy end. She published between, 1882-1919. There's no pont in copy-pasting the brief wikipedia page about her life here, HERE you can read it. 
 The heroine is usually a real Lady, and acts by the rules "noblesse oblige. " They all have a tiny little flaw in their personality, like stubbornness, or pride, so they are loveable, and easy to identify with them. Especially, after they meet Him, but there are certain reasons that they couldn't be happy, and get married immediatly. The other characters are much more realistic: in my favourite, "The spanish necklace"  an elderly widow, Mrs. Tudor is like I imagine Binthia: she helps a lonely heiress, who was formerly poor and has low self-esteem become a happy and elegant girl.  

The two mains are too good to belive sometimes, however, she can sketch a whole perconality with two sentences. Oh, and there IS character development. 

The couple earns happiness. They live happily ever after. You might call it shallow, or way too simple. I need happy endings sometimes. Great for times you feel gloom, and don't want to.

Cultural snobbery-factor:
 "You have probably never heard of her..." My Grandmother told me, that her Grandmother  also read the books. 

 My reaction:
 Will I ever live happily ever after? Or become a crazy cat lady? Should I write novels? I WISH I could be Heshter Ford. 

 Hard to find all the novels, amazon.com offers them. You can read  "The Spanish Necklace" online.  

Update: You can read some of her stories on Goodreads, a site wich features books with expired copyright.  HERE. 

2013. április 14., vasárnap

No Shopping March: Results

Sorry for the rare updates, but I was so busy organising secret travel plans. I don't want to jinx it, so it'll remain secret, till I am there... :D

This "no shopping" thing wasn't as hard as I expected. I've realised: I don't really shop, anyway. This weekend it was a sales weekend, organised by a beauty magazine. They handed out vouchers with the april issue, up to 40% off. I returned with a "politically correct" kitty patterned PJ, a trouser, and a concealer. I spent two whole days in shopping malls, and that was all I ended up with. A nice stylist lady told me, that she doesn't get why I signed up for the free style advice, as she can see, that I have my own personal taste, and have a great sense not fashon, but style. I guess that "grown up goth" thing works. ^^
As I also signed up for (free!) makeup advice, so on these picture, I am barefaced. :)

Black wig. I want my hair to look like this.

Or this: Own hair, fake bangs.
Mum told me, that with bangs and no makeup  I look like a cute, but not very bright fourteen-year-old. :)