After reading Illusions: Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah and being so in love with the characters that I had to reach out to the author, I was somewhat disappointed by One. It got off to a strong start, being about the choices we make and the roads we take because of them, depicted by the narrator exploring his alternative lives. But in its second half the book died off and the dialogue just didn’t work, with characters over-explaining their situation and acting in a way that seemed unnatural. Continue reading “One, by Richard Bach”
Whether you know Magda from her skits during the Fast Forward days (remember Lynne? “I said pet, I said love, I said pet”), or my personal favourite, Sharon Strzelecki from Kath and Kim, you will probably agree she’s become engrained as part of our collective Aussie comedy family. Continue reading “Magda Szubanski’s ‘Reckoning’”
“You have to have just a touch of rascality to be human,” philosopher, speaker and writer Alan Watts explained in one of his many recorded lectures. “I find it difficult to get along with people who don’t know that they have it. People who command that they’re all sincere, all good, all pure, bore me to death and scare me. They’re unconscious of themselves, therefore they’ll suddenly do terrible things without warning.” Continue reading “Choosing Wholeness Not Perfection”
I’ve just finished Dani Shapiro’s book Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage, and I’m a little frustrated. Not because the book is bad and I’ve wasted my time – no, it’s quite charming. I’m frustrated that it has been undersold by being labelled a book predominately about Dani’s marriage, when in my view the book is far bigger than one relationship. Continue reading “Hourglass: Time, Memory… Marriage?”
Illusions, by Richard Bach has quickly become one of my favourite books, warranting me to reach out to the author and thank him for writing it. He’s in his eighties now and kindly replied to my email: ‘So glad to know you found the story, and the characters and their ideas touched you. They’ve worked in my life for a long time. I hope they’ll be lifelong friends for you, too!’ Continue reading “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah”
I’ve read ol’ Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert twice now: the first time I read it, which was 10 years ago, I FRIGGEN HATED IT. The second time, which finished it yesterday, I LOVED IT. I have to put my emotions in capitals because this book hit me right in the feels in two completely different ways.
I can’t say for sure what prompted me to read Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, although I do believe it was a combination of two factors: first, I was impressed by the speech Neil gave at an Arts University back in 2012. You know how these famous writers are – they put on a black robe and a silly little hat (google tells me those hats are called mortarboards) and then they start saying incredibly inspirational things. Secondly, a friend told me how much he loved the book, describing it as “a children’s book for adults”. The description sounded bloody awful, but intriguing. Continue reading “Book Review: The Ocean at The End of The Lane, by Neil Gaiman”