What I'm Reading... #5
Well I take back what I said in my last What I'm Reading post cause I'm back with a new one with actual physical books... I guess I found the time somehow to sit down and read a little in the past few weeks so I wanted to share these books with you guys.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
I picked up this book because it was on Jess's (or is it Jess' cause of the s at the end? I actually don't know, please tell me!!) video and thought it sounded interesting. It's about the experiences of an immigrant family who move from India to the US. About the conflict between different generations and coming of age for the son of the family. I thought the book was amazing in detailing the experiences of Gogol yet some of the struggles he faced, such as conflict between him and his parents in terms of his dating life or his career path, I found, felt a little bit cliche. The book also felt a little fragmented - it felt like Jhumpa Lahiri jumped from event to event. They just kept happening without any smooth transition between them. Yet, when the book had its poignant moments, I found myself deeply absorbed into them and overall, after reading this book, despite the parts that I thought were a little bit overdone, I realised that I came to connect with the characters and was sad that the book had finished.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
I heard about this book from so many people and was recommended it by many but I somehow only managed to read it this month. It's a hugely moving book (despite how about Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who got diagnosed with cancer. He tries to answer the question, "what makes a life worth living? and I found his quest to answer the question particularly inspiring and moving. I managed to hold it together until the very end where Paul leaves a note for his daughter and where his wife writes the epilogue. For me, it was her writing that really showed how his illness affected his whole family. You see, when I tried to recommend this book to my friends, or when my friends recommended it to me, I had my doubts because I'm not a huge fan of intentionally diving into something so emotional that I know will make me feel sad. It's not a secret that Paul Kalanithi dies while writing this book and going into it, I was a little skeptical but this book isn't just about dying. Rather, it's about living and the meaning of life.
Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories by Thomas Grant
I picked up this book on a whim because I thought it'd be interesting to read about some court cases. What I hadn't realised was how influential each of Jeremy Hutchinson's cases were and how they shaped the political, cultural, and social dimensions of England in the 1960s and 1970s. The trials itself were interesting but what I enjoyed the most was getting a glimpse into the life in the UK at the time through the thematically (as oppose to chronologically) organised cases.
Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead? by Matt Ridley, Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinker, and Alain de Botton
This is a book-form (transcription) of the Munk Debate between Matt Ridley, Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinker, and Alain de Botton on the proposition, "Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?" Essentially, this debate is on the subject of human progress and it was interesting to see the teams divided into science vs. the arts. I was particularly excited to read what de Botton had to say as if you've read my previous What I'm Reading Posts, you'll know that I love his books (well most of them anyway) but I was a little bit disappointed with his argument in this one. I'll leave you guys to form your own opinions on that one though.
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