The story is about Pell Ridley, a runaway bride who, with her adopted brother, Bean, went to a horse fair in Salisbury to look for work.
This is a true story of how a 31 year-old married with children African American woman in the 50s died without knowing that she will advance the progress of medicine through her immortal cancer cells.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a story about a misguided student of science whose desire for discovering the secrets and mysteries of nature led him into a mad passion that gave birth to a creature so wretched in appearance.
Steve Jobs was a very complex person, charming and seductive when he wanted to be, manipulative and scathing when he didn't get his wishes. Tim Cook, the current CEO, described him as passionate, which is true. But Isaacson also shed light on the costs of his obsessions and creativity, which is not always equivalent to a loss of millions of dollars, but sometimes, good relationships with co-workers and friends and wives, daughters, and children.
Scarlett O'Hara is a very passionate character. She married a stranger to seek revenge against her ideal lover, Ashley Wilkes, who loved another woman. She ruined her hands and hurt her back from bending too much to pick cotton that she might sell for food. When Rhett Butler was too casual or glib, she lied about her true feelings for him.
Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a story about a soldier, Inman, who after recovering from his war wound, goes on a perilous journey home to be reunited with his love, Ada Monroe. It's a beautifully written novel, full of description of America that may no longer exist today. Frazier painted a landscape that breathes life simply because the hero, Inman, chose to interact with any animal or person he met on his journey, never mind if sometimes, he regretted getting involved.
But why choose to re-read Hamsun? It's hard to forget a writer who created an intense character who is still likeable in a dark, beautiful way. And since two years has passed when I first read Hunger, I thought it's time to revisit an old friend.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
I've started reading Anna Karenina again, after reading about 300 pages (out of 817) two or three years ago. I knew from the start that I wasn't ready for it. You don't just wake up one day and decide that you wish to explore infidelity and its consequences.
I asked him why he carried such a troublesome thing with him ashore, and whether all whaling ships did not find their own harpoons. To this, in substance, he replied, that though what I hinted was true enough, yet he had a particular affection for his own harpoon, because it was of assured stuff, well… Continue reading Notes on Moby Dick