uhhh it’s giving me major side eye, it knows my love for orange penguins is waning.
Just lent to a friend.
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne
“Novel by Jules Verne, published in 1864 in French as Voyage au centre de la Terre. It is the second book in his popular science-fiction series Voyages extraordinaires (1863-1910). Otto Lidenbrock, an impetuous German professor of geology, discovers an encoded manuscript in which a 16th-century explorer claims to have found a passageway to the center of the Earth. Otto impulsively prepares a subterranean expedition, enlisting his young nephew Axel and a stoic Icelandic guide, Hans Bjelke. After descending into an extinct volcano in Iceland, the men spend several months in a underground world of luminous rocks, antediluvian forests, and fantastic sea creatures until they ride a volcanic eruption out of Stromboli Island, off the coast of Italy”
After reading Steppenwolf I was inspired to read more of Hermann Hesse’s works, Narcissus and Goldmund is sitting next to me and I’m chomping at the bit to read it!
“This novel, set in the middle ages, follows the lives of two close friends whose lives take them on differing paths. Narcissus is the devoutly spiritual monk. He values his self-reflective cloistered life of scholarly study and worship. He is neither willing nor wanting to venture from the regimented and ordered life in the monastery. His best friend, Goldmund is restless with his life so he sets out to wander the world and to find meaning in the physical world. He is a talented artist and a lover of beautiful women. Initially, he finds that traveling and exploring are what he wants out of life. After many years of empty love affairs, unfulfilling career pursuits, and a near fatal illness, he returns to the friend he knows will always love him, Narcissus.”
“You are willing to die, you coward, but not to live.”
ughh just finished Steppenwolf today, pretty damn amazing!
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Just started reading, it was a birthday present from my friend! Depressingly awesome so far!
“From the icy blast of reveille through the sweet release of sleep, Ivan Denisovich endures. A common carpenter, he is one of millions viciously imprisoned for countless years on baseless charges, sentenced to the waking nightmares of the Soviet work camps in Siberia. Even in the face of degrading hatred, where life is reduced to a bowl of gruel and a rare cigarette, hope and dignity prevail. This powerful novel of fact is a scathing indictment of Communist tyranny, and an eloquent affirmation of the human spirit.”
I want to re-read the Harry Potter series so badly right now!
I’m going through a massive resurgence of my love for HP.
Bought this today. Also put on hold The Iron Boot by Jack London and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.
Ahhh I was so close to buying that awhile ago, back when I wasn’t poor. This makes me want it even more.