Ironically, I discovered my Self.
Dark and intense -- very Hesse. So evocative of turn of the century Brooklyn; I felt like I was there!
I Love Sinclair Ferguson, his warm writing style is very inviting and is not at all hard to understand. This is a great work on the doctrine of adoption. I would highly recommend this book, it will benefit your soul greatly!
Love this book. Derek sweet bgt d, waktu Kelsey sakit dia ngurusin sendiri. Bahkan masak sendiri buat Kelsey, walopun bikin dapur nya hancur berantakan. hehe. Kelsey jg keren n sayang bgt sama derek, waktu derek propose dia sempat nolak krn ga bisa bikin skandal yg nyangkut nama derek. krn dia tau derek ga suka sama yg namanya skandal, beda jauh sama james n tony. N salah satu tokoh yg kusuka disini, yg mempersatukan mereka berdua, yaitu Regina. Berkat dia akhirnya pasangan kita yg satu ini bisa secara sah n resmi bersama selamanya.
So difficult to get through. :(
3.5 stars, more thoughts to come. But, even though I didn't rate this book higher, it is one that will stay with me for a very long time. The promised "more thoughts": So, I finished House of Leaves by Mark Danielewsky. What a book. I give it 3.5 stars - there are parts of it that are definitely 4 stars, and other parts that are more like 2. The core of the story is called "The Navidson Record" and tells about a filmmaker named Navidson who has moved his family into a house that he discovers is larger on the inside than on the outside. If you're like me, this will not initially sound interesting or scary or anything, but it gets there quick. Probably my favorite phrase in the book to describe the unfathomable depths to which the interior of the house grows was "vast tenebrific spaces." Terrifying. What these scenes play on in our innate uncomfortable-ness with physical space that is out of proportion to our bodies. We innately don't like very large spaces or very small places, and Danielewsky draws that out very well. When they are exploring the vast interior of the house, he makes the text on the page do what the house itself is doing, and for some reason, it works. For example, if the ceiling of the house is getting lower and lower and lower, the text on the page begins at a lower point on the page and keeps marching down, page after page. Many pages have only one line of text on them, making this no where near as long of a book as you might guess from its physical size (kind of the inverse of what the narrative does). Beyond that narrative is the tale of Johnny Truant, a drug-addled, (unsuccessful) tattoo artist, who is reading the Navidson Record. Most of his story is told in footnotes, which is where the whole footnote thing works. But that hand was way over played by Danielwesky in my opinion. There are over 500 footnotes for this novel, most of which reference works that do not exist except in the world of the novel. Ok, I see what he did there, but totally an unnecessary convention and takes you completely out of the story. Beyond that is the story of Zampano, a crazed, deceased, old man who wrote the Navidson Record. We get to hear very little about him, mostly that he went crazy and died in a foreshadowing of Truant's end. Then, in the back of the book, are several appendices that seem wholly unnecessary. They are referred to mostly in Truant's part of the book, but even in the text of the novel the author tells you they are unnecessary. One whole appendix, of about 60 pages in total length, is comprised of letters from Truant's mother (from her mental asylum) to Truant which basically provide background study for Truant. If you care. I didn't. When the book is telling the Navidson Record, I would say the crazy, experimental textual stuff really works and works well. It made reading the story fun and engaging in a totally new way for me. The whole footnote thing got old fast - it's why I never made it through Infinite Jest. I recommend the book for horror enthusiasts who are looking for something different and are ready for a bit of a project. I do not recommend reading the book at the gym on the exercise bike - it's too difficult and makes you look weird when you keep rotating the book over and over to follow a crazy line of circular text. Not that I did that. I think Danielewsky really pulled something cool off here, but ti might have benefited from a slight bit more editing.
Most of the men interviewed, grew up in the South and have remained in the South. But I think the book can be applied specifically to many black gay men regardless of geographical location. An interesting academic exercise...
Another favorite... could read this over and over again!
I loved this book! I am now reading the sequel,Tears of the Moon.
This book was okay. Makes you realize the sacrifices all made across the country during WWII.