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You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense by Charles Bukowski

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Summary from Goodreads:

Charles Bukowski examines cats and his childhood in You Get So Alone at Times, a book of poetry that reveals his tender side. He delves into his youth to analyze its repercussions.

You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense roughly contains 138 poems, in free verse. The topics are an assortment of various things, but largely autobiographical. Charles Bukowski  mapped out his life in this collection, it contains his childhood including a tenuous relationship with his father, his ten year hiatus from writing (to which he refers to as the ten-year-drunk), his rise to fame as a writer and his winding down from his old degenerate life to a much mellowed state. Then there are pieces that talk about mundane things such as cats, classical music, driving, horse racing, booze, whores.  Then there are those that speak of death, poverty, life, writing, isolation. It's basically a mishmash of actual events and Bukowski's opinions on ideas and things. 

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Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

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Summary from Goodreads:

David Mitchell's electrifying debut novel takes readers on a mesmerizing trek across a world of human experience through a series of ingeniously linked narratives.

Oblivious to the bizarre ways in which their lives intersect, nine characters-a terrorist in Okinawa, a record-shop clerk in Tokyo, a money-laundering British financier in Hong Kong, an old woman running a tea shack in China, a transmigrating "noncorpum" entity seeking a human host in Mongolia, a gallery-attendant-cum-art-thief in Petersburg, a drummer in London, a female physicist in Ireland, and a radio deejay in New York-hurtle toward a shared destiny of astonishing impact. Like the book's one non-human narrator, Mitchell latches onto his host characters and invades their lives with parasitic precision, making Ghostwritten a sprawling and brilliant literary relief map of the modern world.


Ghostwritten moves along the lines of his more popular work, Cloud Atlas, where we have a cou…

February 2015 Required Reading

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January 2015 Required Reading Report:

1. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell - (5/5 Stars) Considering that this is Mitchell's first novel, it's not as grand and complex as the popular Cloud Atlas, but it is just as engrossing and entertaining and mind blowing.

2. You Get So Alone Sometimes It Just Makes Sense by Charles Bukowski - (3.5/5 Stars) Bukowski's poems are on the dirty realism side, and I enjoyed it. I thought they were quite affecting. But the poems got a bit repetitive and my interest waned a bit as I was getting to the end of the collection.

February 2015 Required Reading:
1. Love Walked In by Marissa de los Santos - ThisTFG Book of the Month, under the romance genre. I was off on a shaky start on this, but it's starting to pick up. 

2. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville - China Mieville has been known to create well-imagined surreal worlds and creatures, and I am ready to be enthralled, unsettled, creeped out, perplexed...

Have a Happy February!