" Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete" - Paul Kalanithi, When breath becomes air
This is the book that I read based on recommendation from bookstagram community. In the book When Breath Becomes air, Paul Kalanithi questions between life and death, pain and joy which a person experiences in his or life time. He also questions about the Meaning and purpose of life. Paul Kalanithi got his answer to his question about death when he himself had face it head on head after diagnosed with cancer. Paul a neurosurgeon himself at verge of completing his residency is diagnosed with lung cancer and his planned future in contributing and achieving more in the field was shattered. But yet he faced his diagnosis with hope, confidence and support from his wife Lucy and his family
He is survived by his wife Lucy and child Cady
I would rate the book 4/5
#qotd what are challenges that you face when trying to achieve your dreams ?
The Handmaid's tale is my second read in dyspotian genre. And also the most recommended read in bookstagram, that is how I came to know of this book. The book talks about the patriarchy, women suppression etc. Here women are categorised based on their position in the society. The Martha's do take care of the household, Handmaid's sole job was to breed and bear babies for their commander's and wives were the better half of the commander and took care of the household.
The story is about Offerd an handmaid who is unable to forget her past, with love of her life Luke and daughter, her best friend Moira who ran away from centre which trains women into handmaid not is she able to accept her present. Her struggle to live the life that she lives, her fight with emotion and how her body is treated forms the essence of the story. What happens to her after being arrested by the EYES is still a question for me at end
Handmaid's were considered just people for giving babies and just breed on the food. They were mistreated and weren't given a proper chance to take of the babies. They are separated from Thier families. They were also punished for deviating their job and breaking any rules.
Not letting women belonging to any stature ruthless act, but converting a women to be Handmaid's to anyone is even worse.
#qotd : What in your opinion, are the changes that needs to be made bring about equality with women and Thier better treatment ?
I really like you, Midori. A lot.”
“How much is a lot?”
“Like a spring bear,” I said.
“A spring bear?” Midori looked up again. “What’s that all about? A spring bear.”
“You’re walking through a field all by yourself one day in spring, and this sweet little bear cub with velvet fur and shiny little eyes comes walking along. And he says to you, “Hi, there, little lady. Want to tumble with me?’ So you and the bear cub spend the whole day in each other’s arms, tumbling down this clover-covered hill. Nice, huh?”
“Yeah. Really nice.”
“That’s how much I like you
The quote sends out a very strong message just through simple words . The story is about Wants be who loses his friend at the age of 17 and is in love with Naoko. She was girlfriend of his best friend who he lost. The loss of person has had deep impact on the lives. Watanabe understands that death isn't opposite of life but a part of it which we can't run aways from. Both Naoko and Wantanbe attend thier respective universities in Tokyo. Naoko leaves college to join in a sanatorium to take of her mental health. Meanwhile Toru Wantanbe meets with a girl from his class Midori and they start to like each other. Will he able to his future course ? Will be able to come out of the conflict with the past he stuck with and the future who will change his life
I would rate the book 3/5
Barack Obama Dreams from my father is beautiful memoir of Barack Obama who questioned his identity and belonging in the world. He went down to the roots of his father origin Kenya to understand and get some answers. But only to come out with more questions. That is life isn't ? Search for answers and understanding deeper meaning of life
As I read the book and got deeper and deeper, apart from identity crises and sense of belonging in world, emotions of people were also relations. The struggles that people has to go through, Africans under the rule of Americans, loss of the authenticity in their culture, polygamy, patriarchy. The impact of patriarchy and polygamy on women and burden that they had to suffer. The children are known after their father and mother is removed from the picture thus giving her no value or important. Such is life isn't ?
I would rate the book 4.5
#qotd How was your january read ?