– Gabriel, Dante & Pawnshop No.8 –

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It took me a while to finish “Gabriel’s Inferno” and talk about it,

it surprised me in every possible way – mostly on the amount of involvement over Dante himself, religion and the ideology of heaven and hell in between the conversations of characters. I guess that made the romance novel less cheesy or less “dumb-looking” (aka brainless f-ing at every pages). So yes I enjoyed the novel as a matter of fact, it also made me want to read Dante properly, especially on the section of inferno.

I never was able to explain why but I have had a fascination which I believed last a life time on inferno itself, maybe because I was aroused by the horror and the deeper meaning behind those sins. As I had my conversation with R on the matter, she spoke of Zita Law’s work.

Ah, I remember how I used to love her “Pawnshop No.” – a man was forced to sell his soul to the devil to keep family in peace, he had people selling all they have in him, until his great-granddaughter came over and was willing to sell everything she has to be an absolute success in her field…


– The Tide of Life –

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I have known (not well) Catherine Cookson since high school,

an Auntie of my friend’s then boyfriend was a fan of Cookson’s tv adaptions,

almost every Sunday afternoon he would sit in front of the television to watch any adapton of hers.

For many years despite my growing interest, it never occured to me to watch any adaption of hers.

Without knowing how today I watched one of her adaption – “The Tide of Life”.

It was about a woman’s life as a housekeeper, she went through lives and troubles as she worked her way.

She fell in love with a man who posed as the husband of the house (but turned out he was only a lover), tried to build life with him when he lost everything but instead he kept betraying her, to the point he told her to leave the house and she burnt pretty much all the furnitures available.

In the end she found love of course, but through the ex-husband of the man’s lover – it was an odd line, but then again he seemed a nicer guy than the lover.


– Gone Girl –

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Finished reading “Gone Girl” last night,

I was like almost everyone – being surprised in every possible way by the twist and turn of the novel.

Witnessing Nick Dunne feeling trapped by the fact he did not kill his wife, yet everything he did seemed leading people to believe he killed the wife.

Grasping by Amy the wife’s chilling plan on destroying people who she felt betrayed her or not being good enough to be in her life. From accusing her best friend to be a stalker, to accusing an ex-bf of hers for rape.

I couldn’t help feeling sorry for her, mostly for she couldn’t feel herself being valued for being her – she had to play the good kid in front of her parents who exploited her childhood as a character in their storybooks , she had to be the “cool girl” to be loved by people around her. There was a strong sense of anger and violence in her, which she exact revenges to those who she put high hopes of acceptance and love but yet, failed her miserably. For example Desi, who cared for her but could be suffocating to a point that everyone would want to make a run.

The novel itself was a novel about women and men, recording how they behaved to one another, how they make perspectives on one another. For example how women want men to attend their little party, just for vain satisfaction of feeling loved. Everyone wants to feel loved, but the method of requesting could be different…


– Hunter S Thompson – (Rum Diary) (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

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I presume it was because of Johnny Depp that I found Hunter S Thompson an interesting read,

in my impression – the people in his work often drunk or high in drugs.

At the same time however, through those states, we were able to see more strangeness and sometimes able to see clearly of the world. For example, the hypocrisy between people when they were sober…


– Cold Comfort Farm – (trailer)

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I was watching this film while my man was trying to sleep off the pain,

it was a film that contained all the elements of  great soap operas.

It began with a young woman who lost her parents in 1930s to Influenza,

tried to work her way of living through staying at her relatives.

Most of the ones in cities hardly seemed bothered about her, while the country ones seemed welcoming to the idea.

She then decided to go to Cold Comfort Farm – a place of her distant cousin’s.

There she met many interesting members of the families, who have had their dreams and hopes unfulfilled, or stuck with fear over the changes in life.

Throughout the film, the heroine Flora used her intelligence to help the family members overcome many obstacles and live the dreams, e.g. marrying someone one loves, or going to see the world.

Despite the cheesy-ness, it’s a heart-warming film for sure.


– Chocolat, The Possession –

While I was in the bookshop – there were two books I would love to read/see film adaption on, first was Joanne Harris’s “Chocolat”. It seemed a lovely story as it involved chocolate, however the movie was so well-known and thanks to Johnny Depp it was easy to find. I taped the film (it’s coming in at ITV4 or Film4 tomorrow), so I shall save my time watching it.

The second one was A.S.Byatt’s Possession: A Romance, it was a novel of two academics who studied two (fictional) famous poets in Victorian times, the hardship they dealt with in process and the feeling of love and the issues that come along with. Despite Gwyneth Paltrow  starred in the film, unlike Johnny Depp however it was much harder to find in television channel.

Should I buy the novel instead? Or I can always…borrow it in the library…?

– Native Son –

Native Son as a book written by Richard Wright, it was a book full of anger, violence out of the inability to change the situation.

The novel began with Bigger Thomas – a man who suffered injustice within his own household, his father was beaten to death and justice never got done for his race. He was constantly bitter over white, or over life. He worked in a rich household as the driver, which led him to meet the daughter of the household Mary. She has been trying to be friendly with Bigger, along with her boyfriend Jan. Yet as Mary was drunk and Bigger out of duty put her to bed, the blind mother was then entering her room. Back in those days a black man would then be automatically assumed that he was raping girls if he was ever seen in the room with a white girl, therefore sent to execution.

So he killed her by accident, with original hope was to keep her quiet from being found. The rest was very much the history in the novel, with painful endings.

The most memorable part of the novel was Bigger’s ambition to make it to the army, yet under the racism situations he was often under rejection. Which for him – upon knowing all his hard work would e a handful of dust under the situation, his fury rise and rise to the dangerous level. He thought about robbery in a shop opened by white people, yet he was too scared to do so – back then even robbing a shop owned by white people, would be an ultimate taboo for challenging the authority held by white people.

This book shown how an individual tragedy wasn’t entirely made by individuals, but also the constitution from society.