The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

That which lies amidst our inner and outer layer of reality is now complete. The Yellow Wall-Paper puts down such ephemeral thoughts next to those that contradict them. A collection of 3 striking stories, Charlotte invites you to contemplate the thought and feeling of a woman beat down by society. And how such consciousness manifests into fiction.

Each story is remarkable, provocative, and spirited. The story judges itself by what is left to unravel between words. The essence of which stays with you in the present moment as you meditate on your relations with the rest of the estranged world.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

” – one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one’s audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.”

A gentle and humorous take on Women and Fiction, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf makes a splendid and profound statement. It’s about understanding the divide between intellectual freedom and its expression. The brutal, and often misconstrued, truths about creativity.

Woolf’s unapologetic thoughts help you understand yourself more vividly as when you find it hard to understand others. And as you move closer to examine yourself as a writer, an artist, or a performer, it takes you an even greater distance toward the true meaning of life. And its sentiment.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Murakami’s fiction is never subtle. 1Q84 even more so. The truth about reading this novel, and not understanding it at first glance, is that what it is – the characters, the fantasy, and the two worlds – are never left behind. 1Q84 is not about finding meaning in lost suffering. It’s about casting shadows as fingerprints that you have to leave behind, on everything, as parts of yourself. If we’re shadows in this world, without which light remains invisible, this book is its manifestation. A thorough and magical one, no less.

The story, detailed and fluid, draw out parallels between reality and reality. While we exist knowing what we are against what we’re not. We draw a line between heaven and hell; love and hate; man and woman. In Murakami’s world, there exists no such distinction. But the reality is unapologetically split into two. Where you work with time and where you work against it. Where you want to see the world as a whole and where you isolate the land, the sky, the ocean… to inherit all their lives.

The book declares this unusual relationship between both realities. And in reading every word, turning every page, you transcend the journey from and to where you belong. And when that isn’t enough, there’s something in this book… in the reader… that will never be complete.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Books like A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara are not easy to forget. They latch on to you as works of loneliness, conflict, and love. When you say that the basis of any culture, of any life, is what transcends into loving and being loved, this book is rather like what’s left behind.

All throughout the book, the main question that filled me with anxiety was not about the unrequited resilience of the story but about the possibilities of absolute love in an age when redeeming human identity is almost always never personal.

Everybody should read this book to understand the meaning of strength in the absence of feeling. Of pain in the presence of love.

In my personal opinion, parts of this book do feel stretched. The author’s way of writing has an emotive side that I adored but, at the same time, it overlapped at many turns which were unexpectedly repetitive.


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Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

Variety is a part and parcel of all companionship. And because there are all kinds of people making different choices, there is always a possibility of something unusual, magical even, happening to a rather ordinary person. Do we manifest it ourselves? Or are we puppets entertaining our most intuitive and intimate fantasies?

In Sputnik Sweetheart, the surreal quality of human nature is illuminated. The quality of expecting anything from life. The quality of manifesting the deepest sorrow and happiness into versions of ourselves and sharing them with the universe.

What the book is also about is the comprehension of desire and how it is not only found but constructed by us. The delicate details of the book, its imagination, and magical realism are all interconnected with who we are. And this appeals to one’s feelings and deepest melancholy in a way that can only be intensified with storytelling.


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